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Camera Turns off and flashes light soon after turning on then freezes

Yesterday I wanted to take some special pictures only to find that my camera will not operate consistently and correctly. The main symptom is as follows:- Turn on in Auto mode ? lens extends. Try to take picture ? both viewfinders blank, red light flashes several (exactly 11) times and then the camera locks until I press the red (startup) button, then the lens closes. The same happens most of the time even if I try something simple like: - Turn on ?lens extends Flip up flash ? camera locks up, both viewfinders blank and red light flashes ELEVEN times. I have had the following also:- Turn on ? lens extends Take one or two pictures ? ok Suddenly the viewfinder and lcd go blank and the camera locks. I have not noticed the flashing light in these cases. I have also had occassions in the past, even when the camera was quite new, when the camera will hold the shutter open for aaaaaaggggeeeessss resulting is a whiteout picture. I found on this site a link to a recall for this kind of fault but that only seems to apply to Canon cameras. The camera was bought 25/09/2004. Serial Number is 186095297. I have replaced the batteries and also allowed the whole thing to sit without batteries overnight. This has not had any effect. I have also swapped the memory card over. I am not aware of any jolt or mistreatment of this camera. 1.Please advise the best course of action or any further checks which I can do? 2.Is there a diagnostic tool which can be used from my PC via the USB? 3.Also do the number of flashes of the light tell anyone anything - its always 11 flashes before the whole thing locks? I have been told minimum repair cost - regardless of what is done - will be over £100. This seems absurd if it is a simply corrected fault. 4.Does anyone have any comments on why these repairs should have a minimum charge, after all if the garage change the oil in my car I would not expect them to charge the same as a full service!?

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  • Jeff777 Nov 21, 2007

    Geck, I've had the exact same problem- turn the Olympus C725 camera on, do anything and it goes dead and the red light blinks several times. The only solution listed below thus far suggests changing from rechargable to normal batteries. I am using regular batteries, so that is not what is wrong with my camera. Any other solutions?



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I have exactly the same problem and I found, that it is probably related to rechargable batteries. If I use normal batteries, everything works fine. Confusing is, that I used to use rechargable ones all the time, but errors started few days ago. I also have two sets of rechargable batteries, but both are useless now. Maybe that camera is getting old and it needs fresh 4x1,5V from normal batteries instead of 4x1,2V from rechargable ones.

Posted on Oct 16, 2007


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