Question about Olympus Camedia C-5050 Zoom Digital Camera
That's a crying shame. I believe that spares are no longer available for this unit (which is, IMHO, one of the very best prosumer digitals ever built).
Your best bets would be to take it to a local camera service center, or, to look on eBay for a used C5050 or C8080 (8MP with most of the same capabilities and some improvements, but, not quite as good an aperture) for a very reasonable price in good condition.
I know that's less than ideal, but, after a great deal of research on a similar problem with my C5050, that's where I ended up.
Posted on May 30, 2009
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
SOURCE: Zoom lens not working
You can replace the lens on the camera through a authorized service technician, but often with digital camera repairs the cost of the repair exceeds the price of the camera. I would have the camera looked at by an authorized service tech.
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Posted on Apr 25, 2008
If you can get to the ribbon cable that the zoom lever is attached to, you can use a multimeter or a continuity tester to see if the lever is actually shorting any traces on the ribbon. the zoom lever acts upon a motor that rotates the iner lens barrel, possible the motor lead is open or the switch under the lever is dirty/faulty.
Posted on May 11, 2008
Easy, remove the 9 screws that hold the rear case and pull the case apart,.remember there are 4 screws under the hotshoe base and 4 under the memory door and one under the USB cover. You need to pry and slide the hotshoe base back with a slim screwdriver and youll see 4 screws, remove the rear ones. There will be 2 ribbon cables attached to the rear case, the LCD and the buttons. These pull out carefully with gentle pressure. The LCD can be removed with screws and another ribbon cable connector that needs to be unclipped and then removed. replace LCD, Put it back together and make sure the ribbon cables are fully seated. Good to go.
Posted on May 12, 2008
SOURCE: Olympus C5050 lens
remove the 11 screws that hold the clamshell body together and remove the 4 screws that hold the plastic lens assy onto the chassis. Once you get the screws loose, you need to release the 2 ribbon cables that go from the lens to the camera chassis. When these are released you can pull the lens out far enough to get to the 2 screws that hold the CCD board to the lens. Once these are removes, the lens can now be pulled from the chassis. now remove the 3 screws that hold the lens assy together, they are all in the same direction and the one screw on the side that holds the lens sensor clip on. once these are all removed, carefully pull the 2 ribbons through the outer case while lifting the outer case straight up. Now you have the bare lens assy. It is in 3 pieces. The outer part and the inner part remain on the same plane, while the middle part that has the gear on it twists counterclockwise as you look at the back of the lens. If you cant twist this piece, your lens is jammed and youll have to work to get it off. Normally the lens can be retracted by turning the exposed drive gear on the lens assy, but it is very stiff, you can work it back and forth finding the rough spot and maybe work it out, but if the lens was compressed without motor power, you probably knocked the inner shell out of its helical track, a,nd now the guide pins are buried into the relatively soft plastic outer shell. It is a very labor intensive job but it can be done if you have a worthless camera and are not afraid to give it a go. you can sometimes buy complete lens assy's on Ebay for 50.00. I have fixed about 3 of these but Im on one now that is really frozen, maybe too far gone.
Posted on Jan 14, 2009
Your problem may be due to weak/worn out batteries or corrosion on the battery contacts inside the camera which can prevent the full power of the batteries from flowing into the camera. Try this free fix before you do anything else: remove the batteries and wipe the camera contacts firmly with a dry cloth (heavy corrosion may require cleaning with a wire brush, steel wool, or sandpaper). Remove any residue that may have fallen into the battery compartment during cleaning, then wipe both ends of the batteries and place them back in the camera. This cleaning clears the problem about 90% of the time. If it doesn't work for you, chances are that your batteries need to be replaced because they're just too worn to properly power the camera. And then, of course, there's the possibility that your camera may have a problem that requires professional repair.
Posted on Oct 13, 2009
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