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Olympus E10 went black

I have an old Olympus E10 that I retired from service so my wife could use it for shooting our kids. This past week for some odd reason the camera all of a sudden has gone "black." If you look through the viewfinder you can't see any image and the same is true for the LCD panel. I have checked everything and I can't find out what the problem is. It was working fine one minute and then the next it goes black. If I point the camera down and there is a light source above me I can see faint glows of light on the LCD screen if I go into that mode. It will still attempt to take a picture but the image is, as you guessed it, black. Can anyone help me on this or is the camera just given up the fight? Thanks for you help.

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  • bookmortal Mar 18, 2008

    I am looking for a E-10 manuel. It seem hard to find even to down load. Any body got an answer? contact me at thank you.

  • alanhoggard Jul 18, 2008

    I have the exact same problem, my e-10 was working fine last night and today nothing but black, it looks like there is a plug in the center of the shutter that is not moving out of the way, any ideas?

  • lovinggodnu Nov 08, 2008


    I have the same problem. Have anyone found out what to do? I have a owners manuel but their is no solution in the manuel. When I look to the lensfinder its black, also.

  • paulthomsen Dec 19, 2008

    Hi, I have the same problem with suddenly a black viewfinder etc. It all started (but it could be a coincedent) with a new 4gb cf card which was not working, then I tried with a new 2gb which was working but very slow and suddenly after 3 pictures, black viewfinder, lcd and pictures.

    I have tried Olympus but the camera is out of service. Of course a guy in the Olympus workshop could tell us but you never reach that guy because I think nobody at Olympus would want you to have the camera fixed, better for them if you buy a new one :-(

  • evanluke Mar 25, 2009

    I have the exact same problem, not sure when my problem started as I was using the camera to take thousands of construction time lapse photos using an external power source and the camera was being controlled by a laptop and software that continually shot and saved directly to the laptop instead of the internal card. Everything worked great and then one day I noticed all of the shots being recorded were totally black. So I imagine if the other four of you would try to take exposures (although seeing black) you would also get a normal digital file off the flash drive but it is all black. I would think this would rule out any problem with the power supply, flash drive, etc. and has to be a major problem with the imaging sensor. I even tried the universal fix for digital cameras, - carefully slamming it square to the table top on startup but nothing. I guess I will be my ol' german self and start taking it apart as it is only a prop right now. I will let you know what I find out.


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Sorry I can't solve this but if you decide that the camera is ready for the digital graveyard I need to replace the battery holder on mine because the screw od the holding lever is bust!

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