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Camera malfunction Hi, bought myself a FE 330 Olympus Camera last summer. Now when I press the power button, the lens protract and retract thrice then the camera beeps thrice. The screen remains blank during this process. Thought it was the battery and recharged it. No luck. HELP!!!! P.S. - Cant seem to find my brand in the selection below so I just chose 230. But my camera is the FE 330 product

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  • alin619156 Nov 16, 2008

    exact same situation for me.

  • deborah_872 Dec 08, 2008

    i have the same problem, if you have a solution please contact me

  • Anonymous Dec 23, 2008

    Same problem, camera lens protracts and rectracts when turning on, screen sometimes is black or blurry image as moving zoom. IT CAN¨T FOCUS properly. Solutions?

  • emlee219 Jan 27, 2009

    i have the same problem, my lens is stuck out and when i connect it to my computer the screen turns on, but otherwise it won't

  • jhendrix5688 Jan 29, 2009

    i have the same situation unfortunately. if anyone has ideas, please tell

  • carebearc52 Jan 30, 2009

    same exact problem. the lens have always been messed up. the lens didnt go back in. i tried pushing them back in and i forced it to hard. now this happans.

  • kfliashrb Feb 06, 2009

    I have the same problem with my FE-330 Turn on camera lens extends, retracts, a motor runs then beeps 3 times. What has olympus to say?

  • Sofia44 Mar 11, 2009

    yes i have the same problem. I have a Olympus FE-230 and when i turn it on the lens goes back and forth the light blinks red and makes this weird sound like its focusing or something. When it turns on it turns off after all of the things and then the lens stays out and then when i push the button to turn it off the same thing goes on. HELP!!!!!

  • babaoona Mar 11, 2009

    I Have the same problem but can someone please tell me if these solution work. its an emergency.... please... its a brand new camera and i dont want to slam it on anything :)

  • Anonymous Apr 09, 2009

    i had the same problem!

    and it seems a lot of people do too

    i just went and got a new one and now this one's screen has broken too and i took such good care of it

  • sandyabyss14 Apr 25, 2009

    yeah me too.. what causes this?



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I had a Nikon Coolpix L1 with a very similar fault- the lens would whirr in and out as if seeking then lock either in or out with a 'lens error' message.
Not sure you're going to like the solution: place a paperback book on a strong table, grasp your precious camera firmly in one hand and slam its flat base down as hard as you dare onto the book. Hold it hard to the book as it touches, don't hit and lift up again; more slam effect.
I tried this and it worked beautifully; for a few months. I had to do it once or twice a year.
I got the suggestion from a site similar to this with 10 or so astonished owners who had tried it and couldn't believe it had worked so well!

Aren't digital cameras ****, though? I may go back to 2nd hand 35mm SLR for something that actually works!

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When the lens are protracting i held them  and they didnt go back in. then i turned it on and it worked! but the lens dont go back in when the camera turns off and the zooming is messed up because of it, but it works!

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I had the same problem. After being told by Olympus customer service to send the camera in for $75 I followed Nodbad's advice of slamming the camera down on a hard paper surface and it now works! For how long who knows...

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I had the same exact problem until a couple minutes ago. If you turn it on, wait for the lens to stay out, then push the on button and put pressure on the lens as it's going back in, it works perfectly the next time you turn it on- no buzzing or blurryness, etc at all. I'm a little wary of how stable of a fix it is but it's still working for me.

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