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How can I prevent a Canon Powershot lens error? I've had them three times with three different cameras. Twice after dropping, but last time not even that. Note that last time was with a different camera, that I did not drop. It may have been the Icelandic volcanic dust; the final days the cover would not close or open properly, and the final minutes the light sensor had a dark bias. I was extra annoyed it happened in the middle of a wilderness trek so I lack photos for the final week, as I did not manage to fix it (I may or may not fix it yet).

What are some good strategies of preventing a Canon Powershot lens error, or indeed the identical problem in other cameras?

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    You could probably start by not dropping your camera. Your subsequent problems could very well be related to the previous drops. – Michael C Sep 30 '17 at 8:59
  • @MichaelClark The previous drops were with different cameras. I've never dropped my current camera. Edited for clarification. – gerrit Sep 30 '17 at 9:03
  • Thanks for the clarification. At first it sounded like it was all the same camera. – Michael C Sep 30 '17 at 9:04
  • Perhaps you could share some images displaying your issue? – Brian Oct 7 '17 at 0:13
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  • As stated by others, don't drop your camera (@MichaelClark). Although you may not recall dropping it, it may have sustained impacts while protected from obvious external damage, such as from within a backpack.

  • The camera may have been switched on while the lens was blocked from extending. For instance, from within a backpack. If this happens repeatedly, the motor or other mechanisms could be damaged.

Preventive measures:

  • Be aware that bags don't always protect what is contained within them.

  • Get a protective case that allows the camera to be used from within the case.

  • Get a rugged camera.

  • Remove the battery before putting the camera inside a small case, so that the camera cannot be switched on accidentally. (@flolilolilo)

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