I purchased a Canon A620 camera for my Egypt trip. I played around with it for a few weeks before the trip. The camera worked great. Took excellent pictures, small enough to carry around, and didn’t have any complaints. When I got to Egypt, everything was going great. Taking the pictures of the prymids, camels, guys with machine guns, the usual.
Then the camera broke. Not even halfway through the trip and the camera breaks. While I was carrying the camera in my pocket, the camera turned on. When I got the camera out of my pocket, the lens was stuck halfway out of the camera. The camera refused to work after that, and would only show an error message of “E18”. Googling this error, and you will find tons of irate consumers complaining about this error. Most of the sites offer suggestions on fixing the error, by “gently” forcing the lens back in place.
I reluctently sent the camera back to canon for repair. My camera (not even a month old) was still under the 1 year warrenty, so it only cost me 7 bucks for shipping. They took about a week to repair it, I had my fixed camera back in my hands about a week and half after I shipped it. If the camera was out of warrenty, it would have cost me around 250 to get it repaired.
Lessons learned from this experience is that the Canon Camera’s take great pictures, but are not rugged. They cannot be counted out in any sort of outside enironments, if you take one of their cameras on vaction, make sure you have another camera to use, just in case. If you are looking at buying a canon camera, google it first. Check to see if it is susecptable to the “E18” error.