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  • mitma Nov 09, 2007

    i have the same problem but haven't yet got any solution yet since it happened very recently only.please help.



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  • sach2123 Nov 20, 2007

    hello i have a similar problem, the camera works fine, jut when you press the button to take the picture it takes a picture of complete blank blackness as if the camers lens is shut or something? can you help at all?

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  • tendai brenda mazonde Nov 26, 2007

    it switches on and immediately goes off automatically without the lences going back in the body of the camera.it is not taking pictures

  • tendai brenda mazonde Nov 26, 2007

    it switches off a few secoconds after you have switched it on the lences would be out of the body of camera

  • Anonymous Dec 01, 2007

    My OLYMPUS FE-170 6.0 Megapixel, turns on but i cannot take any photo's or view photo's. The lcd screen is black and doesn't seem to go into camera mode.

  • sarahmatchey Dec 04, 2007

    I'm having the exact same problem. Any ideas on how to fix this...It's not that old of a camera and I dont want to have to buy a new one.

  • Anonymous Jan 08, 2008

    I'm having the same problem and my FE-170 is 13 months old.

  • Anonymous Jan 09, 2008

    Have the same problem. The screen goes blank, I can view my pictures, but cannot take any new ones. Sounds like it is grinding in the camera. I have changed batteries and nothing works.

  • Rayx Jan 21, 2008

    Olympus FE-170

    Camera turns off right after it is turned on.

    Can view pictures but not take them.

    Lense remains extended when it shuts down

  • Anonymous Jan 21, 2008

    Same problem. Camera is about 13 months old.

  • nic0d3mus Jan 26, 2008

    Same issue, 13 months old also, any solution? I wont be buying another olympus if there isnt

  • Anonymous Feb 10, 2008

    same problem. camera is only about 7 months old

  • mahesh9081 Apr 07, 2008

    when i switch on my camera the screen is totally blank with white colour and i m unable to take pictures.kindly give suggestion

  • Anonymous Apr 08, 2008

    Uhh! Same. And I am BORROWING this camera...Oh my. 

    As soon as I click the button to take a picture, the screen turns black. However, I can view pictures that I already took. 

  • jo61 Apr 08, 2008

    the problem is when i turn the camera on there is no picture and it switches itself off. have used new batteries and memory card but still it does not work.
    ? problem.

  • Anonymous Apr 13, 2008

    my camera won't take pictures

  • chelsea_123 Apr 15, 2008

    did anyone ever find an answer to this? i'm just now experiencing this problem.

  • Anonymous Apr 20, 2008

    same here,i donno wats wrong whenever i used 2 on it ill blink as 'low battery',but now iam able 2 switch on it but not able to take any pics bt im able to view my previously taken photos,help me out please....???

  • mandyk10 Jun 13, 2008

    my camera will turn on and then shortly after it just turns off. i've tried new batteries and can view my pictures i just cant take any. i haven't even had it a year and i've treated it well!

  • elmo1234 Aug 04, 2008

    my camera lens is pushed in and wont take pictures how do i fix it

  • Anonymous Aug 06, 2008

    My camera turns on Ok but when I push the button to take the picture it just shuts off. Meaning it goes black and the camera is off... But the lens is still out... 

  • Anonymous Aug 17, 2008

    My FE-170 will turn on, the lens extends then makes clicking noises and shuts off. I can review my pictures but cannot take any. I'm lost without my camera.

  • nana_afc Oct 18, 2008

    i have the same problem and i also noticed that when i click de camera button te light is orange and not green like before,and after like 2 seconds it turns off with the lens extended

  • Anonymous May 11, 2010

    My Olympus FE-170 Digital Camera Lens unit complaint. How its focusing lens movement sensing? i can't find any optical censer.

    Camera will power off at the end of focusing lens movement.

    can you give me reply?

  • Anonymous May 11, 2010

    My Olympus FE-170 Digital Camera Lens unit complaint. How its focusing lens movement sensing? i can't find any optical censer.

    Camera will power off at the end of focusing lens movement.

    can you give me reply?



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I took the camera in my right hand and wacked it against my left hand.
It has been working for 10 months now and still taking great pictures.

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Solution #4 works!
i was desperate for my camera to work so i thought i would give it a shot. and it started lighting up and i pressed the on button and now i can take pictures.

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I have the exact problem. please help=/

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My camera does the same thing

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The lens need to be replaced or repaired. It is not fully extending. It may be that one or more of the plastic gears or plastic rods that hold the gears in place, are broken. I repaired two plastic rods in my lens, by drilling holes for new plastic rods,(I cut plastic rods from a plastic toilet bowl chain!!! It fit inside the gears perfectly), and super glue the rods in place. Replaced gears, put camera back together and BAM in worked! Nothing like a perfectly working refurbished rig job. Camera takes great pictures to this day.

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The Olympus Technical Support team will have an answer - it may mean a replacement camera.

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the batteries are low. try replacing the batteries with new ones.or recharge the rechargeable batteries

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SOURCE: fe-170 olympus sound

From the specs i've read on this camera, it does not record sound in video clips taken.

The FE180 and FE190 do record sound.

Sorry for the bad news.


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SOURCE: I accidentally erased the pictures

If you have a card-reader on your computer, insert your card and all the pictures should still be there unless you have formatted your card.

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SOURCE: Olympus FE-280 8 megapixel Lens won't open.

Fixing a Lens Error on a Digital Camera

This has to be THE most common failure mode for a digital camera. Some common error messages that might show up on the LCD's of cameras with this problem include “E18 lens error”, or “lens error, restart camera”. Some cameras might show nothing at all, but merely make a beeping noise as the lens goes out, then in, then the camera shuts off. Sometimes the lens won't even move.
The problem is actually quite common throughout all camera brands. Usually it's sand or grit interfering with the lens extension mechanism. Or the camera's been dropped with the lens extended. Or the camera has been powered on, but the lens had been blocked preventing its extension. Or the battery ran down with the lens extended. Believe it or not, one BIG contributor to lens errors is using a camera case. Sand, gunk, case fibers, etc... accumulate at the bottom of the case. These materials love to cling to the camera by electrostatic build-up from the camera rubbing against the side of the case (especially those cases with soft fibrous intreriors). Once these materials work their way into the lens mechanism, that's all she wrote. I have many Canon's, and NEVER use a case for this very reason.
A camera owner that suffers this problem may have no recourse for having the camera repaired. Many camera makers will not honor repairing this problem under warranty as they claim it is due to impact damage to the camera, or sand or debris getting into the lens gearing mechanism (neither of which is covered under warranty). The quoted repair cost is usually close to or more than what the camera is actually worth.
Fortunately, about half the cameras that suffer this failure can easily be fixed by one of the following methods. None of these methods involve opening the camera, although some have potential to cause other damage to the camera if excessively done. If the camera is still under warranty, before trying any of these, please please first contact your camera's maker to see if they'll cover the repair, or to determine how much they'll charge for the repair. Who knows, you might get lucky. But if they quote you a number that's higher than the value of your camera, you may want to consider the following methods.
The methods are listed in the order of risk of damaging your camera. Thus make sure you try them in the listed order. And remember, these fixes (especially #6 and 7) should only be considered for a camera that's out of warranty, who's cost of repair would be excessive, and would otherwise be considered for disposal if unrepaired:
Fix #1: Remove the batteries from the camera, wait a few minutes. Put a fresh set of batteries back in (preferably rechargeable NiMH 2500mah or better) and turn the camera on. If that didn't work, try pressing and holding the Function or OK button while turning the camera on.
Fix #2: Remove the batteries, then remove the memory card. Then install new batteries, and turn on the camera. If you get an Error E30, it means you don't have a memory card installed, so turn it off, slip in the memory card and turn it on one last time.
Fix #3: Insert the cameras Audio/Video (AV) cable, and turn the camera on. Inserting this cable ensures that the camera's LCD screen remains off during the start process. Thus extra battery power is available to the camera's lens motor during startup. This extra power can be useful in overcoming grit or sand particals that may be jamming the lens. If the AV cable doesn't fix the lens error by itself, consider keeping this cable installed while trying fixes 4, 5, and 7 as a means to provide extra help to these fixes. But note that I DON'T recommend keeping the cable installed during Fix 6 as you may damage the AV port while tapping the camera. Reinsert the cable only AFTER tapping the camera.
Fix #4: Place the camera flat on its back on a table, pointed at the ceiling. Press and hold the shutter button down, and at the same time press the power-on button. The idea is that the camera will try to autofocus while the lens is extending, hopefully seating the lens barrel guide pins in their slots.
Fix #5: Blow compressed air in the gaps around the lens barrels with the idea of blowing out any sand or grit that may be in there jamming the lens. Other variations include blowing with a hair dryer in “no heat” setting, or sucking the gaps with a vacuum (careful with this one).
Now we're entering into the realm of potentially damaging your camera in conducting the fix. There is definitely some risk here, so take care when conducting the following two fixes.
Fix #6: Repeatedly tap the padded/rubber usb cover on a hard surface with the intent of dislodging any particles that may be jamming the lens. Other variations include hitting a side of the camera against the palm of your hand. A lot of people have reported success with this method. HOWEVER, there is also some potential for damaging or dislodging internal components with this method, such as unseating ribbon cables, or cracking LCD screens.
Fix #7: Try forcing the lens. More people have reported success with this method than with any of the other methods. HOWEVER, there's obviously some potential for damaging your camera by using this method. Variations include gently pulling, rotating, and/or twisting the lens barrel while hitting the power button. Attempt to gently straighten or align the barrel if it's crooked or twisted. Another variation includes looking for uneven gaps around the lens barrel, and then pushing on the side of the lens barrel that has the largest gap (note pushing the lens barrel all the way in is NOT recommended as it may become stuck there). While doing any of the above, listen for a click that indicates that the lens barrel guide pins may have reseated in their guide slots. If you hear this click, immediately stop and try the camera.

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The easiest solution is a cheap $5 card reader available online or from a local walmart. If you don't want to do that, you can check the olympus website's download section to see if they've issued new software or driver's for your model and Window's 7.

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I had the same exact problem.The lens is not extending out fully or correctly, probably has broken or damaged gear or gears and needs to be replaced. Expensive repair done by Olympus. It is a very tricky and fragile repair on your own, requiring micro screwdrivers and soldering tool. I replaced my own lens but it was hard to find one.


i don't know what age the camera is, did you try full batteries , normally it shouldn't do this it must have a defect if the batteries are not the problem..

perhaps contact the dealer see what is wrong with it..
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