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When I turn the camera on it makes a few noises then shut off

When I turn the camera on, the lens extends, makes a few noises like it is trying to retract the lens. The viewer shows nothing - like the lens cover is on. When I push the power button to shut it off, it makes the noises again and shuts off but does not retract the lens. The battery is fully charged.

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  • anoopnarikot Nov 20, 2008

    me too facing the same problem .. pls update if you found out the problem

  • blumer Jan 03, 2009

    When I turn the camera on, the lens extends, makes a few noises like it is trying to retract the lens. The viewer shows nothing - like the lens cover is on. When I push the power button to shut it off, it makes the noises again and shuts off but does not retract the lens. The battery is fully charged.

  • szy77 Jan 05, 2009

    Same problem with my camera. It makes a noise but does not worke at all. It shuts off itself. 

  • lx99 Jan 07, 2009

    same prob with mine

  • Anonymous Jan 25, 2009

    same prob but i can veiw the pics i take 

  • Anonymous Feb 11, 2009

    I have the same problem

  • Anonymous Mar 12, 2009

    same problem

  • Anonymous Mar 18, 2009

    I have the exact same problem with my camera. It was working fine this morning and now it doesn't work. put a tally down for me

  • Anonymous Mar 19, 2009

    i have the same problem, but i found how to get the lens back in. You have to hit review button and then turn it off. The camera won't work but at least the lens is in.

  • Anonymous Apr 03, 2009

    i have the same problem

  • Anonymous Apr 16, 2009

    When I turn the camera on, the lens extends, makes a few noises like it is trying to retract the lens. The viewer shows nothing - like the lens cover is on. When I push the power button to shut it off, it makes the noises again and shuts off but does not retract the lens. The battery is fully charged.

  • Anonymous May 08, 2009

    I have the same problem, but with no warranty, can I do anything to fix it myself cause I don't have 80 bucks for a repair

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I called the company (1-888-553-4448) olympusamerica.com and they told me to send it in and they will repair it for 70.95 plus a 6months warranty because i cant find my reciept. they also said what eva is wrong with it they will be able to repair it, but if u have ur warranty u can send it to them it wont cost u anything because u have ur reciept.

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I have TWO FE-220 cameras and BOTH of them are doing the same thing. On power up, makes noises, lens moves in and out some, won't display the field view and won't take pictures. When the power button is pushed to turn it back off, it powers down but will not retract the lens all the way. Since I have TWO FE-220's and BOTH have the same problem, I have posted this problem TWICE to tally up the number of cameras reported here. (This is my second post, reporting the second of my two cameras having this problem.)

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Fixing a Lens Error on a Digital Camera


This has to be THE most common failure mode for a digital camera. Some common error messages that might show up on the LCD's of cameras with this problem include "E18 lens error", or "lens error, restart camera". Some cameras might show nothing at all, but merely make a beeping noise as the lens goes out, then in, then the camera shuts off. Sometimes the lens won't even move.

The problem is actually quite common throughout all camera brands. Usually it's sand or grit interfering with the lens extension mechanism. Or the camera's been dropped with the lens extended. Or the camera has been powered on, but the lens had been blocked preventing its extension. Or the battery ran down with the lens extended. Believe it or not, one BIG contributor to lens errors is using a camera case. Sand, gunk, case fibers, etc... accumulate at the bottom of the case. These materials love to cling to the camera by electrostatic build-up from the camera rubbing against the side of the case (especially those cases with soft fibrous interiors). Once these materials work their way into the lens mechanism, that's all she wrote. I have many cameras, and NEVER use a case for this very reason.

A camera owner that suffers this problem may have no recourse for having the camera repaired. Many camera makers will not honor repairing this problem under warranty as they claim it is due to impact damage to the camera, or sand or debris getting into the lens gearing mechanism (neither of which is covered under warranty). The quoted repair cost is usually close to or more than what the camera is actually worth.

Fortunately, about half the cameras that suffer this failure can easily be fixed by one of the following methods. None of these methods involve opening the camera, although some have potential to cause other damage to the camera if excessively done. If the camera is still under warranty, before trying any of these, please please first contact your camera's maker to see if they'll cover the repair, or to determine how much they'll charge for the repair. Who knows, you might get lucky. But if they quote you a number that's higher than the value of your camera, you may want to consider the following methods.

The methods are listed in the order of risk of damaging your camera. Thus make sure you try them in the listed order. And remember, these fixes (especially #6 and 7) should only be considered for a camera that's out of warranty, who's cost of repair would be excessive, and would otherwise be considered for disposal if unrepaired:

Fix #1: Remove the batteries from the camera, wait a few minutes. Put a fresh set of batteries back in (preferably rechargeable NiMH 2500mah or better) and turn the camera on. If that didn't work, try pressing and holding the Function or OK button while turning the camera on.

Fix #2: Remove the batteries, then remove the memory card. Then install new batteries, and turn on the camera. If you get an Error E30, it means you don't have a memory card installed, so turn it off, slip in the memory card and turn it on one last time.

Fix #3: Insert the cameras Audio/Video (AV) cable, and turn the camera on. Inserting this cable ensures that the camera's LCD screen remains off during the start process. Thus extra battery power is available to the camera's lens motor during startup. This extra power can be useful in overcoming grit or sand particles that may be jamming the lens. If the AV cable doesn't fix the lens error by itself, consider keeping this cable installed while trying fixes 4, 5, and 7 as a means to provide extra help to these fixes. But note that I DON'T recommend keeping the cable installed during Fix 6 as you may damage the AV port while tapping the camera. Reinsert the cable only AFTER tapping the camera.

Fix #4: Place the camera flat on its back on a table, pointed at the ceiling. Press and hold the shutter button down, and at the same time press the power-on button. The idea is that the camera will try to autofocus while the lens is extending, hopefully seating the lens barrel guide pins in their slots.

Fix #5: Blow compressed air in the gaps around the lens barrels with the idea of blowing out any sand or grit that may be in there jamming the lens. Other variations include blowing with a hair dryer in "no heat" setting, or sucking the gaps with a vacuum (careful with this one).

Now we're entering into the realm of potentially damaging your camera in conducting the fix. There is definitely some risk here, so take care when conducting the following two fixes.

Fix #6: Repeatedly tap the padded/rubber usb cover on a hard surface with the intent of dislodging any particles that may be jamming the lens. Other variations include hitting a side of the camera against the palm of your hand. A lot of people have reported success with this method. HOWEVER, there is also some potential for damaging or dislodging internal components with this method, such as unseating ribbon cables, or cracking LCD screens.

Fix #7: Try forcing the lens. More people have reported success with this method than with any of the other methods. HOWEVER, there's obviously some potential for damaging your camera by using this method. Variations include gently pulling, rotating, and/or twisting the lens barrel while hitting the power button. Attempt to gently straighten or align the barrel if it's crooked or twisted. Another variation includes looking for uneven gaps around the lens barrel, and then pushing on the side of the lens barrel that has the largest gap (note pushing the lens barrel all the way in is NOT recommended as it may become stuck there). While doing any of the above, listen for a click that indicates that the lens barrel guide pins may have reseated in their guide slots. If you hear this click, immediately stop and try the camera.

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