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Re: Red flashing lightning bolt on the screen
That is the flash charging indicator blinking constantly on the screen. Unfortunately the camera will need to be sent to Olympus for service as this is a switch inside the camera that needs to be replaced. I would call Olympus Customer Service for repair process and pricing information. Their telephone number is 800-622-6372 option 2 and then option 3.
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A red flashing lightening bolt can mean different things on different camera's. The most common are that you are too far away from the object you want to take a picture of. That the flash on the camera needs to be turned off and that the flash itself is charging up and won't allow a picture to be taken.
Try turning the flash off and see if it will let you take a picture.
On the menu there should be an icon that looks like a yellow lightning
bolt with a red circle around it and a red line thru it (this means that
the flash is off)....in the lower right hand corner you should see a
white lightning bolt. Tap the red circle 2 times and you should notice
that the yellow lightning bolt now stands alone and the red circle and
the red line has been removed (now your flash is on). Note: Each time
you turn on the camera and you need flash, you will have to make this
adjustment...I hadn't figured out a way so that it happens
The lightning bolt is the fill-flash symbol. Red-eye reduction is the eyeball symbol. Flash off is the lightning bolt in a circle with a slash through it. There's also an auto flash mode, represented by a lightning bolt with the letter "A".
Repeatedly press the flash button on the top of the camera to cycle through the flash modes.
Repeatedly touch the lightning bolt function area to cycle through the flash modes. Lightning bolt with a letter "A" is automatic (camera decides whether flash is needed), lightning bolt is forced flash (always flashes), eyeball is red-eye reduction, lighting bolt in circle with slash through it is off (never flashes).
Touch the flash function area (lightning bolt) repeatedly to cycle through the various flash modes. Your choices are auto (lightning bolt and the letter "A"), forced flash (lightining bolt), red-eye reduction (eyeball), and off (lightning bolt in a circle with a slash through it).
Press the Flash/Up button repeatedly to cycle through the different flash modes. Your choices are Auto (lightning bolt and letter "A"), Force Flash (lightning bolt), Red eye reduction (eyeball), and No Flash (lightning bolt in circle with slash through it).
Ok the lightning bolt is your power indicator: solid green-charging, Flashing green-fully charged, flashing red-low battery, flashing red three times the once green-bad battery. the "trash can" looking one is your hard drive activity indicator it will flash while your hard drive is reading and writing.