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I don't have an answer but I have had this problem too. I think it has something to do with the zoom/shutter control. Something broke on this and the camera can't be revived unless you shut it off and on again. I was in the Montparnasse cemetery in Paris when this happened and I suspect I might as well have buried it there.

Olympus SP-590... | Answered on Nov 27, 2015

Sounds like a firmware problem.

What happens when you plug it via USB to your computer and run the corresponding software? Does the software detect your camera? If the sofware has a "firmware update" button try it. You might as well download a firmware update from the brand webpage, unzip it and copy it onto the root (main folder, no subs) of the storage card and boot up your camera.

If your camera has detachable lenses, have you tried turning it on without it?. Also, for the update uptions, I would try them wihtout lenses (since they sometimes have their own firmawre).

Hope any of this helps.

Olympus SP-590... | Answered on Nov 21, 2013

I have had a similar problem. My solution was to check the zoom button. It seems that when it is "out of range" you can do nothing with the camera. Try to adjust the zoom a Little bit and you will probably be "in range" and the camera with work.

Olympus SP-590... | Answered on Aug 25, 2013

You may use any brand xD Picture Card. The key is that it be an "xD" card, not the far more common "SD" card.

Olympus SP-590... | Answered on Apr 07, 2013

Consider NOT connecting the camera to the computer.

The best way to download pictures from your camera to your computer involves removing the memory card from the camera and plugging it into a card reader (either built-in to the computer or connected via USB or FireWire). This is likely to be faster than connecting the camera to the computer, and won't run down your camera's batteries.

Once the card is plugged in, it will appear to your computer as a removable drive. You can use the operating system's drag&drop facility to copy pictures from the card to the computer's hard drive. Or you can use any photo cataloging program.

Olympus SP-590... | Answered on Nov 26, 2010


The problem is that the lens has become stuck in the barrel. There are some DIY solutions you could try, but the probability is that you will have to get it fixed by a professional.

Use these at own risk as it may further damage the camera.

Firstly , try connecting your ac adapter or usb cable.

Try holding the shutter button while switching on the camera.

Look at the lens , and if some of the lens 'circles' is misaligned or not concentric then try wiggling it (while holding camera lens down).

Try gently pushing or pulling the lens when it extends but this is risky as it may cause the lens barrel to slip out of its guidance system.

Another way to do this is to place the camera lens down on a hard surface and then power it up. Be sure to use a soft cloth or something similar as to not scratch your lens or casing. Let the lens push the camera up and down a few times and sometimes the little resistance provided by the camera is enough to get things going again.

Try hitting your camera near the lens on the body with the soft tissue on the palm of your hand.

Other than that , I would take the camera to a repair center for a evaluation to see if it would cost more to repair than to replace the camera.

If it is still under warranty I would suggest you take it in before trying any of these steps and remove any off-brand batteries or accessories as some stores are really fussy about warranty repairs on camera's with non-brand accessories.

You can also have a look at THIS link.

Hope the advise is useful. please do not hesitate to let me know if you need any further assistance.


Olympus SP-590... | Answered on Sep 27, 2010

what need to be done is to open the Camera and to see why its not moving maybe its dented or something inside its very delicate inside so it will be better to take it to service

Olympus SP-590... | Answered on Aug 22, 2010

Have a look at the online manual see link below on page 13 - difficult to post here as a lot of the symbols are used in the instructions.
Online user manual available here http://www.olympus.co.uk/consumer/208_manuals.cfm?prodID=N3240092 Direct link to PDF manual http://resources.olympus-europa.com//consumer/catalogs/41256904005028C0A94DB3DC2885B842C125755B00541F29_SP-590%20Manual%20EN.pdf
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Olympus SP-590... | Answered on Apr 06, 2010


Where to find the manual (pdf) for Olympus SP-590 digital camera

Sometimes , it is convenient to have a soft copy of your user manual. You may also require it as you lost your original printed manual. This tip will guide you to your digital manual and explain how to download it.

Printed manuals are normally available at a cost from the product manufacturer. Please see the link below to contact the manufacturer and find out how to replace your printed manual.

To download a soft copy of your manual , please Click Here to go to the retrevo page for your manual. This is a excellent site that maintains a manual and product database of thousands of products available free to download in PDF format.

Please note that you will need pdf viewer software to be able to view the downloaded manual. I can recommend Adobe reader which is available for free download at the following location :

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To download you manual from retrievo , follow the LINK. You will be taken to the product page. The following images are used as an example.


When your on this page , you can select to see reviews , prices , specs , an overview of the product and of coarse , the manual. You can just hit the big red manual button to proceed.


Now simply type in the capcha code and hit the red “download now” button to begin your manual download.

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