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EVOLT E-500 LCD Problem (Mirror Image)

The screen on my Olympus EVOLT E-500 screen is now reversed. Everything including the menu, pictures, etc. is the mirror image of what it should be. Anyone heard of this problem?

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Re: EVOLT E-500 LCD Problem (Mirror Image)

This is new one one. It would seem to be an electronic failure of some sort Suggest you refer to Olympus Support on this one

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