Zoom error when I turn on my camera it comes up with a blue screen with zoom error written on it, it starts beeping and then switches itself off. I have no idea why it has just started doing this? any advice would be great?
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It sounds like some part of the power zoom mechanism has failed. It could be repairable but with the age of the camera I doubt it would be worth it- something else may fail and a newer camera would also provide improved image quality.
Zoom and/or lens errors, they're common, and bad news. This is such a common problem that someone has written a blog just
addressing this one error. You can read
it here - it describes it far more completely than I ever could!
The problem you are describing is a problem with something in the lens assembly. It seems to have failed and needs to be replaced.
Olympus will charge a flat rate repair fee for this product if outside of the one year factory warranty period. The cost is $144.85 plus your local sales tax. This covers parts and labor, factory cleaning and diagnostic check, 6 month warranty and the cost of shipping the product back to you is all included in that price.
Dirt /dust in the lens and lens gear box ( this drives zooming only ) preventing optimum functioning. Lens cannot properly come on line ( shutter and diaphragh mechanism then do not come on line ) and the camera switches off. Solution : is ether replace lens unit or dismantle lens to clean out ( from gear box and the helicoil of the lens ).