Question about Olympus Stylus 410 / ? 410 Digital Camera

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Flash Not Working/Picture Not Taking Unless Flash Turned Off

Hello. Now, on a 2nd camera, my Stylus 410's flash stopped working; we accepted that it must have been something we had done with the first, it has happened to our 2nd camera, and I see that I am not alone. With the flash turned on, the camera will not take picutes. I understand that it has to do with the flash not charging properly. What I am wondering is how does this happen? I am sure that with the 1st camera, it was not dropped, as Olympus claimed. I am 110% positive with this camera, and with a little research have found that I am not the only one. How might I fix this? Does anyone know how much it could run? Thanks so much for your help. =)

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  • LINDSEY THORESO Mar 01, 2007

    I called Olympus. They gave me the line about the cameras (both) being out of warrenty. I asked them if they would still fix it, since it seems to be a problem in the design of the camera, like it needs to be recalled. They said there was no recall on that item, and they were out of warrenty.

    Perhaps if enough of us get together and document it, something can be done. I do not know much about that process. Does anyone else? Thanks all for your help. =)

  • chipgary Jan 06, 2008

    My flash stopped working about two weeks ago. I know for a fact that it was not dropped or bumped. It just stopped for no reason. There is no doubt that there is design flaw. It would be cheaper to just buy another camera than have it fixed.

  • TommyMaclise Feb 17, 2008

    My camera was in a protective case in my drawer and I took it out last week and now it won't take pictures with the flash on. How rubbish.

  • technical12 Feb 26, 2008

    I have the same Olympus Stylus 410 and, yes, the flash will not function. Because of this I cannot take a good picture. The orange light continues to flash indicating that the flash is charging, but it does not work. Pictures can only be taken without the flash on, and we know what that looks like.

    I called Olympus, they stated that the bulb is out and it would cost $99.00 to repair.

    It's cheaper to buy a new camera, that is my solution.

  • Anonymous Mar 12, 2008

    AGH! I have the same problem! It has been in my desk drawer for the past month, and I tried to use it today and the orange thing is blinking. So I get a **** picture without flash. Lame.

  • DHagen Mar 16, 2008

    I've the same problem, flash doesn't work. I played around with it, after adjusting the WB it took two more flash photos, then the flash was dead again.

  • Anonymous May 21, 2008

    same problem with the 410 orange light stays on and wont flash

  • llbutler81 Jun 07, 2008

    I have the same problem.. can only take pictures outside or in very good light..

  • Anonymous Jun 08, 2008

    Unable to take pictures unless flash is off. Only "works" outside and or in perfect light. This has to be an issue that Olympus Corp. should take care of in order to maintain their good reputation. That is this consumers opinion. I do like Olympus for their quality, but this leaves a bad taste in my mouth.

    Please let me know where to sign up for the " People -vs- Mega Corp ". Wheres the PRIDE?????

  • Anonymous Jun 29, 2008

    without any warning the flash on my olympus u700 digital camera stopped working, I have reset the camera, recharged the battery, tried different settings, it works fine on all the other settings and modes, except on the ones were I want to use the flash, ie red eye, auto and fully on, it only works with the flash turned off. any advice would be great,,,,

  • Anonymous Jul 01, 2008

    Same problem as many others. One of my two styluses have this problem. Like some of the users said that the yellow light flashes, indicating charging, and it does not turn green, to let the camera take picture. Taking picture without flash works.

  • andrewbrowne Feb 02, 2009

    This occurrence happened to one of my OLY 410 two days ago. The camera works fine as long as the flash is in the off mode. My solution to the problem was to buy 3 of the same cameras! My first OLY 410 died six months ago. (screen died) This is my 2nd. I still have one left that works perfectly. When that one dies I'm switching to Canon!



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Another no flash problem here. Camera is about 3 years old and it does the same thing as the others. I won't be buying another olympus.

Russ in Iowa

Posted on Jul 07, 2008


I just joined the "My Flash Doesnt Work" club. We have had the camera for almost 4 years. My solution: buy a new camera.

Posted on May 29, 2008


I suggest filing with the Better Business Bureau. I (hope) that if enough people file complaints, they might do somethign about it. *sigh*

Good luck all, nice to know I am not crazy! :)

Posted on Mar 17, 2008

Nice to know I'm not alone. My orange light comes on as if it's charging, but no picture is taken (even if the light flashes green) unless the flash is turned off.

It's not quite three years....sigh
Tiffany George

Posted on Mar 16, 2008

Don't buy anymore Olympus cameras if they don't want to acknowledge a design problem. Mine stopped working about 2 months ago, after I promised to take pictures at a baby shower. All the pictures are no good because I couldn't use the flash. That's my suggestion. Get a new, updated camera from a different company.

Posted on Aug 02, 2007

Unfortunately, I had the same problem with my 410. Just happened a few weeks ago. Does seem like a product defect.

Posted on Apr 19, 2007

No, I actually sent it to Olympus themselves. THEY claimed that there was a dent, and were going to charge to fix it. They claimed that it was dented, so the warrenty was voided... *sigh*

Posted on Feb 28, 2007

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Well u can´t do much, it needs to have the board to be replaced. normally the repair centre just repair it, and if it is under warranty they will do it for free, probably the store was the one saying that u drop it to get some money.

Posted on Feb 27, 2007

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