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Camera will not fully turn on

I go to press the power button and the camera lens will come out but go back in at least 4 times and where the light lites up it usually is green but its just red. I can however plug the camera into the computer and get previous pictures on it. But the lends just won't stay out and while this is happening the lcd screen doesn't display anything. HELP!

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  • risk12 Apr 23, 2008

    I have this same problem!

  • curayk0913 May 04, 2008

    i also have the same exact problem..i need help!

  • Anonymous Oct 27, 2008

    Hello...

    Have any of you found a solution for this problem yet?

    Does any one knows what causes this problem?



  • Anonymous Nov 06, 2008

    Same exact thing and I'm ticketed because this is the second camera, different issue. Last time I buy an Olympus....

  • Anonymous Nov 12, 2008

    I try to turn on my camera but all that happens is that the lens moves in and out and then shuts off.

  • Anonymous Nov 18, 2008

    I have had camera for only 5 months! The camera will not stay on...lens just keeps going in and out. No display on LCD screen =(

  • jmcalees Nov 29, 2008

    this has happened to me twice!



    the first time it happened, the camera was a little over a year old. out of the blue it just started acting up -- it would should off out of the blue, the lens would go in and out a bunch of times and/or the screen would go black.



    i contacted olympus and of course the warranty was up but i went ahead the repairs anyway. they sent it back to me along with a huge bill for a long list of repairs. just one problem -- the camera wasn't fixed! it was still doing to same thing! another (angry) call to the company resulted in them sending me a $40 battery, which made the camera work fine. wish they thought of that first before charging me an arm and a leg for all the unnecessary repairs!



    however...6 months later, the camera started having the same problems. don't buy olympus! they're horrible products and from what i've found, the customer service is even worse!

  • amoeller Dec 04, 2008

    i have the same problem...the last time my camera worked was when i was at the beach...but i did NOT set it down in the sand! and my pictures still uploaded to the computer fine, and it is recognized on the computer!

  • Anonymous Apr 05, 2009

    sam eproblem===lens just goes in and out, and screen is black. If I recharge the battery, it works for a while. Bad Olympus. Sony repairs its malfunctions for free!

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Like Stanman309, I was upset because the camera was only 3 months old. I'd taken less than 1,000 pictures before this problem started happening. I took a chance and held the lense when it came out. Instead of holding it for a split second, I held it through the whole cycle and the camera turned off with the lense still out. Then I turned the camera on and the lense retracted, came out and then the LCD displayed the setup information (M/D/Y and Time). After that it has worked fine, no problems.

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So i was super pissed because my camera was broke and i decided to get on the internet. this is exactly what happened to my camera, i was messing around with it and turned it on and once the lense came out i held the smallest part for a split second and then a small POP sound and now it works fine. seems like something was stuck in there or was holding it back caused by it opening and closing over the years. it worked for me not saying it could work for you but its worth a try might save you 80$ or whatever it costs to get your camera lense replaced.

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The Lens need to be replaced.

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I was having the opposite problem. When we went to shut the camera down, the lens would not fully retract. So I tried the solutions suggested here for getting the lens *out* - grabbing the smallest part of the lens for a second. It worked...sort of. Now if I touch it even briefly, it will fully retract and turn off. Unfortunately, now the lens won't come out all the way and stay out. The one time I did manage to get it out, the camera would not engage. Not looking too good....

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Every time I turn on the camera it sais Error 99 could anyone explain it to me .thanks chris


According to ehow:

Turn off your camera and remove the memory card, lens, battery and time/date secondary battery. The secondary battery is a small, round battery about the size of a dime found in the same compartment as the main battery. It is located in a vertical slot. Slide out the secondary battery by pressing your finger on the battery and pulling it toward you.
  • Place the body cap on your camera to keep dust out. Attach the front and back lens caps on your lens to prevent scratches and other damage.
  • Let the camera sit for 20 minutes. This will clear the camera's memory.
  • Place the date/time secondary battery and a fully charged primary battery in the camera and turn it on.
  • Press the shutter release button (the button you push to take a picture). If you are still receiving an Error 99, the problem is most likely caused by the camera body itself. The camera body must be serviced by a professional camera technician.
  • 6 Turn off the camera and insert the memory card. Turn the camera back on and press the shutter release button. If you are receiving an Error 99, the error is most likely caused by the memory card. Turn off your camera and insert a different memory card. Turn the camera back on and press the shutter release again.
  • Turn off the camera and reattach the lens. Turn on the camera and press the shutter release button. If you receive an Error 99, turn the camera off and remove the lens.
  • Turn the camera so that it is face down, and gently clean the lens contacts on the camera body with a number 2 pencil eraser or soft cloth. The lens contacts are the eight small, gold pieces on the bottom of the lens mount. Be careful not to let any of the eraser scraps fall into the camera body.
  • Turn the lens so that the side that attaches to the camera is upside down. Use the eraser or soft cloth to clean the lens contacts on the lens, being careful not to let any eraser scraps fall into the lens.
  • Reattach the lens to the camera. Turn on the camera and press the shutter release button. If you are receiving an Error 99, the error is most likely caused by the lens. Take the lens to a professional camera technician for repair.
  • May 11, 2011 | Digital Cameras

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    Turn camera on, lens comes out, goes back in ,and says lens error.


    try these fixes

    1.Remove the batteries from the camera, wait a few minutes. Put a fresh set of batteries back in (preferably rechargeable nimh 2500mah or better) and turn the camera on. If using rechargeables, and they're more than a year old, consider purchasing new rechargeable batteries as they may not be providing sufficient power to startup the camera. If new batteries didn't work, try pressing and holding the 'Function' or OK button while turning the camera on.

    2.If the camera's batteries ran down completely while the its lens was still open, the camera may show a lens error or not start properly when new batteries are installed. Remove the memory card and keep it removed, then install the new batteries. When you turn the camera on with the card removed it may come back to life, as this triggers a reset in some cameras. Error E30 means that you don't have a memory card installed, so turn it off, slip in the SD card and turn it on one last time

    3.Place the camera flat on its back on a table, pointed at the ceiling. Press and hold the shutter button down, and at the same time press the power-on button. The idea is that the camera will try to autofocus while the lens is extending, hopefully seating the lens barrel guide pins back into their slots.

    4.Insert the cameras audio/video (AV) cable, and turn the camera on. Inserting this cable ensures that the camera's LCD screen remains off during the start process. Thus extra battery power is available to the camera's lens motor during startup. This extra power can be useful in overcoming grit or sand particals that may be jamming the lens. If the AV cable doesn't fix the lens error by itself, consider keeping this cable installed while trying fix 3 as a means to provide extra power to help to this fix. Reinsert the cable only after tapping the camera.

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    Hi there this is Lens guide pin problem. 99% chacHi there please follow the steps and let me know the result.
    1. Ensure batteries are fully charged & clean the battery connector point in side the battery compartment.
    2. Look carefully between the lens and the camera body for any sand, dirt or any damaged etc.
    3. Try turning the camera with the lens facing down and shake to dislodge anything stuck
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    5. Now turn on camera( with out card ) and see ,if working then fix the memory card & again turn on the camera. If working then fine . Otherwise format the memory card and fix back in camera again & try. Make sure before format the memory card take a back up all photos in your computer then format. If no luck then reset or restore the camera setting by pressing Menu key for 2 sec .. in not done the press both Menu & self time key for 2 - 4 sec.
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    When i press power button it makes sound toot toot toot.and goes lens back.the lens opens little.what can i do to solve it?


    Lens guide pin damaged or jamed. Try this if no luck visit service center.
    follow the steps and let me know the result.
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    2. Look carefully between the lens and the camera body for any sand, dirt or any damaged etc.
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    2. Look carefully between the lens and the camera body for any sand, dirt or any damaged etc.
    3. Try turning the camera with the lens facing down and shake to dislodge anything stuck
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    5. Now turn on camera( with out card ) and see ,if working then fix the memory card & again turn on the camera. If working then fine . Otherwise format the memory card and fix back in camera again & try. Make sure before format the memory card take a back up all photos in your computer then format. If no luck then reset or restore the camera setting by pressing Menu key for 2 sec .. in not done the press both Menu & self time key for 2 - 4 sec.
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    Hi there please follow the steps and let me know the result.
    1. Ensure batteries are fully charged.
    2. Look carefully between the lens and the camera body for any sand, dirt or any damaged etc.
    3. Try turning the camera with the lens facing down and shake to dislodge anything stuck
    4. Try removing batteries and memory card, wait 5 minutes and refit the battery only.
    5. turn on camera and see.if working then fix the memory card & again turn on the camera. If working then fine . Otherwise format the memory card and fix back in camera again & try. Make sure before format the memory card take a back up all photos in your computer then format. If no luck then reset or restore the camera setting by pressing Menu key for 2 sec .. in not done the press both Menu & self time key for 2 - 4 sec.
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