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Lens won't open

Camera is fairly new, never been dropped - when turned on, the lens attempts to come out but won't open so retracts back in.

Can view stored pictures, just can't take anymore : (

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The problem you are describing is a problem witha sensor in the lens assembly of the camera. It seems to have failed and needs to be replaced. Following are the instructions to send your camera to Olympus for service.

http://olympusamerica.com/cpg_section/cpg_servicerepair.asp

Olympus will charge a flat rate repair fee for this product if beyond the one year factory warranty or the warranty is voided. The cost is $87.85 plus your local sales tax. This covers parts and labor, factory cleaning and diagnostic check, 6 month warranty and the cost of shipping the product back to you is all included in that price.

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