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Camera has malfunctioned

As soon as i put my camera its lens goes out and comes in few time, it also make a buzzing noise and then switches off. At times it stays out but the picture comes blurred and zoom operation results in a buzzing sound and the camera doesn't operate.

I am in India while the camera was purchased in Dubai on 11 Jan 2008 and its warranty is for one year. Will I be in a position to get it repaired in India.


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  • Anonymous Jul 15, 2008

    i have the same problem as the other user of this camera. i turn it on and it buzzzes goes in and out then it will come in blury if you take a picture it will eventualy shut off and dosent seem to work

  • guest246 Jan 13, 2009

    I have this same problem! The lense goes in and out and makes a buzzing noise, and it is all blurry.

  • Ryan Kastning Jan 14, 2009

    Mine too! Only it will not take any pics. It just goes out and in a couple of times then shuts off for good. Got as a gift and not sure where so probably no warranty! :(

  • exdir Feb 03, 2009

    When I turn on the camera the lens goes in and out several times and buzzes. Sometimes it never comes on and sometimes if it will actually take a picture it is very fuzzy. Any other solutions except for slamming it on the floor???!!!

  • Anonymous Feb 09, 2009

    same except that the lense now seems to want to stay out - at least I can take pics with it. It's out of warranty so will try taking apart myself - not worth the cost of having it professionally repaired. Won't be buying another one again.

  • Anonymous Feb 12, 2009

    same problem with mine, and now the pictures are all blurry. and it happened after i came back from florida? was it due to heat exposure ?

  • Anonymous Feb 16, 2009

    exactly the same problem and now has happened to 2 of these cameras i have

  • Disco66 Feb 21, 2009

    I also had the same problem when power on the focus would buz when moving in and out the screen was blurry and would'nt focus, i must admit i bought mine in Florida too and no help with the warranty at all, so we contacted our credit card people and they allowed us to claim for the camera.

    With the money secured i then set about taking the only bit of advice i could find which was the banging it on floor, What do you know it now works( for how long i don't know but i works never the less).

    I 1st of was holding the lens as it focused in and out no joy, then proceeded to bang on the wodden floor, bang the end opposite to the end with the strap ( the end with the 7 little holes for the speaker) mine took several bangs before it worked.

    Good luck if you choose this somewhat dubious route. Only do as a last resort !


  • Disco66 Feb 21, 2009

    Yup same problem out of warranty, bought in US, I'm in UK, Credit card have agreed to cover on insurance try this avenue first !

    With all covered i to tried twisting the lens on start up but did not work.

    Last resort i tried the banging suggestion, and low and behold it worked.
    Try banging on hard surface on the end opposite the end with Hand strap, so you are banging the end with the seven little speaker holes, it actually seems to be a robust little bugger ! did not dent or break.......just fixed the problem.....
    Hope it works for you too


  • Anonymous Feb 25, 2009

    I'm having the same problem except the lens won't even come out. It just gives a buzzing sound and all it does is keep trying to push the lens out. Is it better off just to buy a new camera?

  • Anonymous Apr 25, 2009

    I'm having exactly the same problem, the lens goes in and out several times and then the camera shuts down. Is there a reset switch anywhere on it?

  • Anonymous May 04, 2009

    have the same problem with the lens going in and out and will not stay in when switched off - still works though - this is the second fe-280 with the same problem, just wanted to know if it was a common fault?



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I just fixed my own camera (for who knows long) by literally "cavemaning" it on the floor! After reading Hook76311's suggestion of slightly twisting the lens while it comes out, I tried to no avail. Then I tried to tap it on the floor which turned into banging it. The only reason I did this is because I had already replaced it with a new camera and was going to toss it anyway! Although I don't really recomend this method, it did work for me in this case. I have taken a few pictures with it now and it seems to work just fine. If you are out of options and are going to throw it away, it might work for you too! Good luck!

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This is a promblem within the lense, apperantly while it is on the way out there is a microswitch/click that the lens as to contact to let the camera "know" that the lens is out. No word on the fix, if your camera is under manufactor warrenty OLYMPUS will cover the cost and the fix. I found that if i slightly twist the lens on the inital power up i can get it to click into position and use it.

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