The screen on my camera would flash in and out after I had used my camera only a dozen or so times. I changed the batteries, but that didn't help, so I hooked the camera up to my computer, hoping to charge any internal battery it might have, and when I turned it on again, I was able to turn it on only a few more times, but the camera then randomly stopped working again. I have tried hooking it up to my computer over and over again for longer amounts of time, but the light in the upper right corner continues to flash, and there is nothing on the screen. I can't retrieve pictures without the camera turning on. Is there an easy to way to fix it?
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When in program and manual mode, you will have to set it to flash. Make sure the circle around the electric bolt on the screen does not have a line through it, and it should work. There is usually a button with the symbol on it somewhere around the lcd(I'm not very familiar with your model or I'd tell you where) or it may be in the on screen menus if it's not a button around the screen.
Either the LCD screen is cracked or defective in some other manner. It's possible the LCD works but just the backlight is out as well. Either way, the camera needs to be opened and the LCD checked out.
The Olympus "Tough" and "SW" cameras are FAR FROM being either "Tough" or "S"hock and "W"aterproof. I have seen dozens and dozens of them with cracked glass over the LCD and destroyed by water damage. Sounds like something got inside your camera or it was badly dropped.
Hope this helps.
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Changing settings won't affect how well the camera works, i.e., the quality of the picture. The only thing that *might* happen is the mechanical pieces will eventually give out. Buttons, motor driving the lens and auto-focus, flash pop-up will eventually give out...but they are (usually) robust. Think about the button presses on a video game controller. Don't do something like toggle a switch back and forth dozens of times before each picture - this is unnecessary usage. Changing the setting for each picture - no problem.
Does your camera gave a small battery in place somewhere that is used to maintain the date and time settings? (it is generally a watch battery type small flat silver disk.) You should not have to reset time and date after each battery change.
Many digital cameras eat up batteries quickly, especially when using the flash alot., that is why it is important to use good quality rechargeables whenever possible.
It is not your battery. I turned it on and off a dozen times with no luck. The lese would make up and down movements, but would never close and camera would not work when open. So while I turned off, I softely push the lense in after a couple of times it went in and closed as normal. After that I turn it back on everything worked normally. Do not push too hard, it may damage the lese.
This camera has four flash modes and each time you press the button the mode changes. As you press the button you should see the indictor in the upper left side of the screen. 1.In automatic flash, the camera will decide if you need flash or not. This mode does not have any indicator on the screen 2.Forced flash, this will cause the flash to be constantly on. The indicator looks (kind of) like a lightning bolt. 3.Slow Syncro, this mode slightly delays the flash and is used to lighten up the background more the foreground. The indicator looks like the lightning bolt with SL next to it. 4.No flash, this will turn off the flash. The indicator looks like a lightning bolt enclosed by a circle with a diagonal line through the lightning bolt. (similar to a no parking sign).
If you don’t see the indictor changing on the screen the switch behind the button is malfunctioning.