Canon camera E16 error fix

This is just a repost of my Canon camera E16 error post in English.

The story started yesterday, when my dad wrote me that his camera (Canon A610) screwed up and the only thing that it does is takes the lens out, takes it back in and then dies with

Error E16

I searched around the web and everywhere people said that the problem is of unknown origin and it’s not uncommon. The resolution  they proposed was to send the camera to an authorized Canon service for a replacement.

So far so good. Send the camera away … but here is the problem – my warranty ended an year ago, so I was unlucky.

So I had no answer to the problem… until my dad came up with something which should work on all “asia-tech” (as you may have seen in Armageddon (1998)) – HIT IT HARD WITH THE 5$ WRENCH!

It turns out that hard shake or some firm slap of the camera fixes the problem most of the time, but this hides some risks – if you get the error, you are most likely to get it again some time in the future, so i suggest you send it to the Canon service for a replacement.

So remember HIT or SHAKE hard before you give up – it may save your camera (for at least a little while).

As a side effect of the E16 error the only mode that works is the Video mode, which, in my opinion, is funny – check it out: Canon A610 E16 Error video mode.
As you can see the frame is cropped in half and has funky colors.