The Canon PowerShot is a 5.0 megapixel camera with 4x opitical zoom.

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E18 on a black screen at camera startup?

E18 on a black screen at camera startup?

and shuts down

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shosh, the E18 is usually a lens error. It could happen happen because dirt or sand get into the lens mechanism and does not let is properly extend or retract. I said usually because there was also an E18 issues and a planned lawsuit against Canon :-). Anyhow to see if it is a true error, here is a pretty good write up on how to try to fix it. Hope this helps, good luck.

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Here's a video summary of troubleshooting steps for this problem.

And here's a good article on these procedures.

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shosh will be eternally grateful.
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