Question about Olympus SP-500 UZ Digital Camera

Open Question

Olympus SP500UZ - I can't see through the lens

My camera has worked fine until recently.
I can no longer see through the lens. It takes pictures but they are blank and black. I can however scroll back to see previous picture images on the card or on the camera.

I have checked through the manual to no avail. The Monitor/view finder toggle doesnt appear to be the root of the problem.
Can someone recommend a solution?

Thank you in advance,
SMC

Posted by on

  • nyap Jul 20, 2010

    Hi, I was searching the answer for this question, as my camera has the same problem. Did you find any solution? Thank you!

×

5 Suggested Answers

Gryfox
  • 216 Answers

SOURCE: Canon S1 IS view finder / LCD monitor black out

This is a defective CCD that Canon is repairing free of charge. Go here for details: http://www.usa.canon.com:80/consumer/controller?act=PgComSmModDisplayAct&fcategoryid=223&modelid=8044&keycode=2112&id=29819

Posted on Nov 27, 2006

  • 479 Answers

SOURCE: Can't download photos from Olympus SP500UZ

it would appear that the computer is seeing the camera incorrectly... the camera should be recognized as usb mass storage device and uses the driver usbstor

Posted on Aug 22, 2008

  • 2976 Answers

SOURCE: View finder usage

There's a small button next to the LCD screen that allows you to switch between LCD & viewfinder.

Posted on Feb 03, 2009

BillB-SA
  • 2761 Answers

SOURCE: the camera turns on - but you cant take a picture

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, your batteries may need to be replaced, or the camera may have a problem that requires professional repair.

Posted on Nov 08, 2009

  • 13 Answers

SOURCE: Sony DSC F717, screen and view finder now show

Please take a look at the symptoms listed here, and see if it's what you're experiencing.

http://esupport.sony.com/US/perl/news-item.pl?mdl=DSCF717&news_id=161

Sony had a certain issue with the CCD chip on this camera. If it's this issue, they'll fix it free plus $20 until March 2010.

Posted on Dec 25, 2009

Add Your Answer

Uploading: 0%

my-video-file.mp4

Complete. Click "Add" to insert your video. Add

×

Loading...
Loading...

Related Questions:

1 Answer

Do you know where I can get a lens cover for an Olympus sp500uz in Ireland or on internet?


Please log on to the Official site for support in UK and Ireland for your need.
Click the link below:

http://www.olympus.co.uk/

Post your requirements or call the support for the lens cover availability..

Jan 11, 2011 | Olympus Cameras

1 Answer

Olympus Stylus 840 - lens won't open


you need to take it or send it for repair. There is nothing you can do yourself.


Olympus Stylus 840 Repair - Google Search

Mar 23, 2017 | Olympus Stylus 840 Digital Camera

1 Answer

Olympus D-510 camera, lens won't extend at all


Sounds as if it could be an issue with the sensor behind the lens cover door. Unfortunately Olympus is no longer repairing this camera. You may want to call their customer service to discuss what your options are at this point. Their telephone number is 800-622-6372 option 2 and then option 3.

Mar 09, 2009 | Olympus Camedia D-510 Zoom Digital Camera

2 Answers

Blurry pictuers


First of all, tele-multipliers or tele-converters do not have the greatest optics in the world, and are usually fine for close up images but not much else. Secondly, they do restrict the amount of light coming into the camera which could interfere with the internal metering. Third, you have additional lens surfaces to get dirty. To fix the problem, start with the easy one, and clean all lens surfaces meticulously with a soft lint free cloth. If that doesn't fix it, try shooting non-moving objects in brightly lit areas. If you are still getting blurry pictures, try using the tele-converter on a close-up image within the focal length of the lens combination. If that doesn't work, give the teleconverter to someone you don't like and go buy a good quality 50-135mm zoom lens. Vivitar, Sigma, or other similar lenses are good quality and are very reasonably priced.

Mar 02, 2009 | Digital Optics 52mm Camera/Video 2.0x...

1 Answer

Jammed lens


If your camera is still under warranty, the best thing you can dois to take it to the nearest official repair shop and Olympus Digital Cameras shouldfix it for free.

If your camera is out of warranty, or if Olympus refuses to repairit for free (happens sometimes if for example they suspect the camera has not been treated properly) you can try some ofthe methods listed here to repair it yourself. These simple methodshave helped a lot of people fix their cameras.

Before trying any of the suggestions, make sure your Olympus Digital Cameras has fresh batteries and it is in recording mode.

1) Remove the batteries from the camera, wait for a couple of minutes,then put them back in and turn the camera on.

2) Try compressed air. With a fine tip blow off gun and drycompressed air (20 lbs) set the tip between the lens turret and thecamera body and turn on the air while moving the tip around the lens.It should remove all dust and sand. Turn the camera on and it shouldfunction fine.

3) Another method is to tap the padded USB cover part on a hard surface, for example, a desk. It sounds so simple, but veryoften in works.

4) Try forcing the camera lens:

Turn off the camera. Place it on the back with the lens facing up and take a look at the spacing between the lens and the lens housing. If you notice that the gap is not even all the way around the lens, the problem should be easy to fix. This type of a problem usually occurs if the camera was dropped while the lens was extended.

Simply - VERY GENTLY - press down the lens on the side where the gap is the biggest. You should hear a "click" as it pops back into place. Try powering the camera back on.

If the lens doesn't extend at all or it extends, and then retracts again, do the following. Turn the camera off. Take the camera in one hand and with the other gently take one part of the lens and gently move it round in a circular movement. Do so with both sections of the lens. You will hear a "click" as it pops back in place. Power the camera on.

Another version of this fix would be to pull and twist on the largest ring of the lens while turning the camera on. Listen for a "click". If at first the focus seems to be off, turn the camera on and off and take lots of pictures, close ups and distance. Focus should slowly start improving.

5) If that doesn't work, there is an online guide for dismantling Olympus Digital Cameras and fixing the E18 error. (NOTE: Try this only if your camera is no longer under warranty!)It is a great guide with pictures and it can be found here.

There are 2 other guides, one Bulgarian and one Estonian with the take apart procedure for Canon cameras.They are not in english but have a lot of pictures which help with the process.

- Bulgarian guide
- Estonian guide


Hope this may help you;

Regards,

Jan 29, 2009 | Olympus FE-280 Digital Camera

2 Answers

Olympus FE-280


1 year warranty on olympus products, but does not cover physical damage such as impact, water, or sand

Jul 18, 2008 | Olympus FE-280 Digital Camera

1 Answer

Can't download photos from Olympus SP500UZ


it would appear that the computer is seeing the camera incorrectly... the camera should be recognized as usb mass storage device and uses the driver usbstor

Jul 16, 2008 | Olympus SP-500 UZ Digital Camera

1 Answer

Cant take picture


The lens assembly and or microprocessor has failed.
Contact Olympus
Good luck, Paul

Jun 06, 2008 | Olympus FE-230 Digital Camera

2 Answers

Over exposed


I just fixed mine. Part of the shutter got stuck, so it was taking in too much light from outside.

You can see if this is the same problem by looking in your lens and zooming in--see if anything looks weird; you should just see a reddish circle in the center of the lens.

I had to take the silver piece off that says "Olympus lens" and whatnot, then turn the camera on and use something ( in my case, a twist-tie) to push the stuck part of the shutter up, through an opening under the removed silver piece. My pictures now look fine as they did before.

To remove the silver piece, just turn it with your fingers counter-clockwise with the camera off.

Hope this helped a little. My warranty is gone anyway so I had nothing to lose. I'd send it back if you still can before doing this.

Apr 27, 2008 | Olympus FE-210 Digital Camera

2 Answers

Flash icon


Same problem with the red flash icon. I can take a picture if I turn off the flash as well, but have to turn off the flash every time I open the lens. Have had the camera for 5 years and haven't had a problem. We needed to replace the lens cover recently and after we replaced the cover we started having this flash problem. It was working fine before the cover came off which leads me to believe we've changed our settings somehow....pleas

Dec 26, 2007 | Olympus Camedia Stylus 300 Digital Camera

Not finding what you are looking for?
Olympus SP-500 UZ Digital Camera Logo

Related Topics:

79 people viewed this question

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top Olympus Cameras Experts

kakima

Level 3 Expert

102366 Answers

Willem.
Willem.

Level 2 Expert

359 Answers

Steven Wander
Steven Wander

Level 3 Expert

579 Answers

Are you an Olympus Camera Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Manuals & User Guides

Loading...