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Olympus FE-280 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?! Camera bought at Christmas 2007, is this covered under warranty??

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  • robisnon Jul 27, 2008

    I charged my battery last night and when I went to use it today it won't take pictures.  I can review pictures already on the card.  I have only had this 3 months!!!

  • Anonymous Aug 04, 2008

    I used to brag about my great Olympus FE 280, but the last time I did I got embarassed by a weird noise. The camera zoomed in and out plus the screen was blurry. I have this camera since Christmas 07. Please help.

  • Anonymous Aug 04, 2008

    me too exactly! help!

  • Anonymous Aug 07, 2008

    this is the same exact thing that is happening to me and ive only had this camera for 4 months

  • placerwest Aug 11, 2008

    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?! Camera bought at Christmas 2007, is this covered under warranty??

  • Anonymous Aug 19, 2008

    my camera turns on and i can view my pictures, but it wont zoom and it makes the strangest noises then shuts itself off.

  • Stephenson Aug 25, 2008

    I just started having this exact same problem! Took pictures a few days ago and camera was working great. Pulled it out and tried taking pics at my sons football game and was greated with this same problem. Weird noise when I turn it on, lcd screen shows up blurry and unfocused and camera makes weird noise like it is trying to focus itself and shuts off if you try to zoom. However, my battery is fully charged and I can view my previously taken pictures. Options such as "guide" and "scene" are still accessible and camera turns on and performs other duties as if it is fine, except for the wierd focusing noises and blurry pictures and inability to zoom w/o camera shutting itself off. I notice when it is on the light on the back remains red instead of green as it usually is when the camera is functioning properly. I'm frustrated! My husband bought this for me Christmas 2007. I haven't dropped the camera or done anything to make it malfunction.

  • heinikelm Nov 30, 2008

    I have had mine for 1 year + 3 weeks and just started with the same probelm. Was working fine, went to museum with my grandaughter, had several sessions of picture taking, then suddenly encounter this problem. Buzzes 4 times, the lens goes in and out, buzzes 2 more times. You can take a photo, but the lens won't zoom in or out.

  • Anonymous Dec 06, 2008

    I have the same problem

  • sandh Dec 17, 2008

    I have the same problem, but my lens won't go back in.

  • Anonymous May 17, 2009

    have th e same fault - did anyone successfully fix it?

  • Anonymous May 19, 2009

    same thing

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1 year warranty on olympus products, but does not cover physical damage such as impact, water, or sand

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I'm dealing with the same issue. Most likely there is fine sand or dirt jammed in the lens. Do not try to clean it with any liquid cleaners. Take it to a shop to try to get it out.

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