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Can't zoom! I can no longer take photos with my camera! When I turn it on it makes some weird noises as the zoom lens adjusts, and then the viewer screen is blurry when it comes on. If I try to zoom in or zoom out, the camera simply shuts off. I can view pictures that I have already taken, and the battery is charged. What's going on?!

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  • fleminco Jan 10, 2008

    exact same ploblem as me, what might be the cause of this? any other possible way this can be solved?

  • 1Gwen Jul 18, 2008

    Exact same problem.

  • Anonymous Jul 22, 2008

    i had the same thing

  • Anonymous Jul 22, 2008

    I have exactly the same problem.

  • brushing39 Mar 29, 2009

    I dropped my camera while on vacation and have this same problem.  It whirs, can't focus, then shuts off.

  • Anonymous Mar 24, 2014

    I put new batteries in it and it still isn't working. I don't know what too do. I think they may be sand in the lens.

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I had the same problem, I sent it to Olympus. The camers working fine one evening and the above problem in the morning after insrtalling charged battery.syed

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Dislocation of motor drive gear / need to fix by near camera technician.

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