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Re: When I power on, the lens keeps going in and out...
Turn on camera, makes grinding-type noise, then lens goes in and out
several times...try to put your camera in a table lcd side down and turn it on...while lightly tapping on the sides of the lens. also try to check out this link http://www.olympusamerica.com/cpg_section/cpg_servicerepair_warrantyinfo.asp
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When I turn my camera on, the lens goes in and out a few times. Once it's finally on and I look at the screen, everything is blurry. When I take the picture, it's blurry too. If I try to use the zoom to adjust, the lens starts going in and out all crazy and won't adjust right.
It's possible this is a repair issue with the LCD screen of the camera especially if you are able to review previous images but cannot take any new images. You may want to call Customer Service to discuss repair options. Their telephone number is 800-622-6372 option 2 and then option 3.
It is repairable. First, check to see if it is still under warranty, (I'm pretty sure Olympus's warranty is one year) or if you purchased an additional coverage, even better. If this is the case, call it in. If not, it will not be worth the $ to repair. Unfortunately it cost as much or close to the price of a new camera to repair them and typically is not worth it. If you want to check around though, you can call some camera stores (Wolf Camera is a good choice if you have one locally). Hope this helps!
Borrow a friends camera or buy another. The motorized lens assembly is contaminated, and your only recourse is to replace the entire assembly. It has very close tolerances and even replacing it is no guarantee that all the sand particles could be cleaned out of the camera body. Sorry. No easy fix this time. Regards Paul