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Olympus FE-280 not working properly

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

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  • Anonymous Sep 30, 2008

    I'm having the exact same problem. Did you figure out what happened?

  • maddy_laddy Oct 02, 2008

    i got my camera out and suddenly it just wasnt had worked fine before. I charged the battery but it made no difference.

  • Anonymous Oct 18, 2008

    yeh exaclty the same thing has happend to me. im in america and i really need it to be working again to take pictures of this lovely place

  • lyndseyh Oct 20, 2008

    I thought maybe it was a virus because same thing is happening to me. Is the only solution just to send it away? I'm in Africa until December and this is obviously inconvenient for about 1000 different reasons!

  • Anonymous Oct 23, 2008

    it makes a funny noise when it is turned on and won't focus

    it came up out of no where

  • wolvster Nov 07, 2008

    Having the exact same problem - it's been working fine for nearly a year, and then suddenly it's not working! I've contacted Olympus; waitiing for a response.

  • Anonymous Nov 12, 2008

    I have the same EXACT problem. I have no idea of how to fix it either.

  • Anonymous Nov 23, 2008

    I have the same problem as well.  It appears to be a product problem.



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The lens could be the problem.. probably need to send to repair before the warranty runs out

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