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Canon Camera Error Codes: Meanings & Fixes

Nobody wants to see error messages on their Canon camera. Whether you’re using a DSLR or mirrorless camera, error messages are possible and decoding them is not that obvious in the field.

The list below shows the Canon camera error codes alongside their meanings and fixes. Use this list to decode the problems with your camera, and get everything back in working order.

Err 04

This error occurs when your memory card is full and images cannot be saved. This is a simple one to fix – just delete unnecessary images, replace the card, to format it completely.

Err 05

This means that your built-in flash cannot lift. You can try turning the camera on and off again to fix the error. If it persists, ensure that nothing is blocking the flash from raising. Still stuck? Contact the Canon service centre.

Err 06

Your camera is capable of cleaning its own sensor and dislodging dust from it. If you see this Canon error code, it’s down to the camera being unable to complete its cleaning.

To remedy, turn the camera on and off again. If it persists, you’ll need to contact the Canon service centre.

Err 10

Perhaps one of the worst errors to receive, this means that there is a malfunction with the files on your memory card. You can try powering off, removing the battery and replacing it again. Power on after this. If you still get the error, take your card out the camera and try to recover the info via a computer.

Err 20

A mechanical mechanism has encountered a problem. Turn the camera on and off, and contact the service centre if it persists.

Err 30 

This error means that your shutter has a malfunction. Turn the camera on and off, and contact the service centre if it persists.

Err 40

This error means that your power source has a problem. Turn the camera on and off, and contact the service centre if it persists. Also try replacing the battery.

Err 50

A malfunction with the electrical control has occurred. Turn the camera on and off, and contact the service centre if it persists.

Err 60

Something is stopping the camera from shooting. The lens movement may be obstructed in this case. Check that the lens is not suffering from obstructions in the moving parts. If it persists, contact the Canon service centre.

Err 70

There’s a problem with the images. Turn the camera on and off, and contact the service centre if it persists.

Err 80

A problem with electrical control or the images has been detected. Turn the camera on and off, and contact the service centre if it persists.

Err 99

This is down to a more general error. Turn off the camera, power on, and check if it persists. If so, remove the lens and gently clean the electrical contacts on the camera and lens using a cleaning cloth (dry, not wet).

CbC

This refers to the battery that maintains the date and time within the camera whilst it has no main battery inserted. If you see this error, you’ll need to replace this other battery.

CLEAn / Can / CCd

If the camera detects dust on the sensor, you’ll see this error message. Try using the camera’s sensor cleaning function, or take it into a camera store for a cleaning service.

 

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