Question about Olympus EVOLT E-500 Digital Camera

1 Answer

Slow taking pic, flash flashes multiple times while lenses acts like it is trying to focus

Ok, it is hard to explain, but I will try my best. My camera didn't do this when we first got it, but I think hubby messed with it. We have tried resetting to factory (or at least hubby alleges he has), and it still does it.

When I go to take pictures, it doesn't matter what mode, except sports mode sometimes....

I depress the button, the flash just keeps flashing and making a clicking sound, you can hear something (I think the lense/camera) focusing. If you are looking through the view/eye piece, you can see the picture coming in and out of focus. It can take up to 30-60 second to take a picture, or you may not be able to take a picture at all, no matter how many times you repeat the process. Also, at times, when I use the sports mode (which I use a lot because I have a real young baby (6 1/2 wks), one very active toddler, and one active child which I am trying to take pictures of, they come out blurry.

BTW - I have tried to just take a picture of a blank sheet (ie a bed sheet) with nothing on it or moving through it...and the same thing happens, although it seems to take a bit less time for the picture to eventually take.

Help please, I am trying to get my kids christmas picture done so I can get christmas cards out.

Posted by on

1 Answer

  • Level 1:

    An expert who has achieved level 1.


    An expert that hasĀ over 10 points.


    An expert whose answer gotĀ voted for 2 times.

    Problem Solver:

    An expert who has answered 5 questions.

  • Contributor
  • 8 Answers
Re: Slow taking pic, flash flashes multiple times while...

The evolt cameras use the flash bursts as a "autofocus help". Try to find points with high contrast or edges to point one of the three autofocus points at (you see these points while looking through the viewfinder and they flash red as soon as the camera is focused).

So, flash bursts basically mean "too low light" some other situation which is hard for the camera to focus. In such situations, try to switch to MF mode (manual focus). Or you could buy an external flash (e.g. Olympus FL-36) which has a red light for autofocus assistance instead of flash bursts.

Posted on Jan 16, 2008

Add Your Answer

0 characters

Uploading: 0%


Complete. Click "Add" to insert your video. Add


3 Points

Related Questions:

1 Answer

Why does my Nikon D60 while on auto focus or quick shutter speed either not focus and take the pic or focus and not take pics?

I have a 5D Mark II that has acted up like this. 99% of the time it will reset itself it you power off, remove the lense and allow them to sync up. Try this, it may work for you too!

Apr 22, 2012 | Nikon D60 Digital Camera with 18-55mm lens

1 Answer

Hello guys, I'm an amateur just got a cannon oed 550d and I'm having some problems. When I try to shoot the Aperture and Shutter speed (that keep's changing) blink a few times, the flash goes off a few...

It's hard to say if anything is really wrong with the camera. It sounds like you haven't gone through the manual and tried the features as they are explained.

Jan 19, 2011 | Canon EOS 550D Rebel T2i Digital Camera

1 Answer

Rebel 350d - i press button 1/2 way and it auto focuses but wont take pic when presses the rest of the way. every once and a while it will take a pic.any thoughts?

it won't take the picture until the focus is not confirmed (big dot lights up in the lower right side of the viewfinder) even though the button is pressed all the way down.
tamron lenses are notorious for slow (noisy) auto focus, so you have to be patient when focusing and half press repeatedly several times before it locks down, confirmes the focus and takes the picture.

May 17, 2010 | Canon Rebel XT / EOS 350D Digital Camera

1 Answer

Focus problems

There are two likely reasons for the blurry pictures. One possibility is, as you surmised, a slow shutter speed. Try mounting the camera on a tripod or other stable support. You might also try turning on the flash.

The other reason is focus, or lack thereof. You didn't specify what cameras you have, but if they're Coolpixes, they most likely have a close-up or macro mode that will allow the lens to focus closer. If you're using a DSLR, you will need some other way to focus closer. Macro lenses, extension tubes, and close-up filters are three ways of achieving this.

Jan 20, 2010 | Digital Cameras

1 Answer

My camera's flash is flashing 2 times prior to

The Flashing is a normal thing for the Camera to do, Nothing to worry about.

Oct 04, 2009 | Canon EOS Rebel XSi Digital Camera

1 Answer

Autofocus does not work ( when ON ) with any lenses .

I remember reading a review of the K100D that mentioned that it had poor low light performance. I know mine has a really hard time focusing in low light situations. It does the sweeping back and forth & most of the time never ends up taking a picture. (Even when it bursts the flash to try to focus.)

I've just started experimenting by using a flash light aimed at the subject I want to focus in low light situations, and the camera seems to be able to focus & take a shot more reliably.

If this works, I'm going to rig up something to hold the flash light underneath the camera so that I can use it more often.

I will post an update if this works!

Take Care & Happy Imaging!

Mar 15, 2008 | Pentax K100D Digital Camera

1 Answer

Digital camera

you can try and adjust the contrast for that pictures. try also iso 300 for the picture to increase quality. downpoint is its size will increase. just explore the settings and try them all out. im sure you will find the perfect settings that you'll like

hope this helps.


Jan 31, 2008 | Digital Cameras

1 Answer

Flash is inconsistent

I have the same issue. One picture the flash is perfect the next there seems to be a "half" powered flash and the pic is dark

Dec 09, 2007 | Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W50 Digital Camera

1 Answer


Best way to take macro in DSLR is try A/V mode and switch aperture F value to small value.if you don't have enough light macro need your flash sync.

Dec 06, 2007 | Nikon D40x Digital Camera

4 Answers

Built in Flash stutters...

This is the camera trying to give itself enough light to focus with.

As it uses contrast to focus with you will get problems in low light conditions. There's no way round this I'm afraid except to light the subject better. As it's a digital camera and you're not wasting film, try manual focus and see what results you get.

Nov 02, 2007 | Canon Rebel XT / EOS 350D Digital Camera

Not finding what you are looking for?
Olympus EVOLT E-500 Digital Camera Logo

165 people viewed this question

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top Olympus Digital Cameras Experts


Level 3 Expert

94198 Answers

Steven Wander
Steven Wander

Level 3 Expert

574 Answers

Donald DCruz
Donald DCruz

Level 3 Expert

17129 Answers

Are you an Olympus Digital Camera Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Manuals & User Guides