All of a sudden and out of the blue, my Canon PowerShot SD1000 camera lens will not open. One second it opened and the next it did not. Just like that. Nothing happened to it, I did not drop it or smash it or anything. It just quit working.
My biggest complaint about the whole thing is that after searching the “Lens error, restart camera” message that my PowerShot SD1000 keeps spitting out, the troubleshooting suggestions offered by some seemingly reputable camera sites amounts to
- taking the battery out for a couple of minutes and trying to open the lens again, or
- banging the living hell out of the thing on a hard surface to see if that will knock some sense into it.
Seriously, the experts at the various camera sites that shall remain unlinked are unanimous in their advice that the best thing to do is to smack the side of the camera repeatedly on a hard surface and hope the lens error goes away and the camera lens opens back up.
Notice none of the experts suggest sending the camera back to Canon for repair. Apparently the issue costs about $200.00 for Canon to fix because Canon will look at the camera and declare that the camera has been “abused” and thus not covered by any manufacturer’s warranty.
Imagine that - “Abuse”. After following the expert advice on so many camera websites that tell me to pound the tiny SD1000 on a hard surface repeatedly, Canon might think I’ve abused my camera.
I hope this works for you, but if it doesn’t you might want to head over to PixelsAndSuch.com and get some camera buying advice. They have a good recommendations on what companies you should buy your replacement digital cameras from.