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Pictures appearing black- olympus FE 170

Hi My camera was working fine a few weeks ago, but when I went to use it a few days ago i noticed a problem. I press the shutter button and normally the picture that I have just taken would show up on my lcd screen for a couple of seconds, but now the lcd works fine except for when I take a picture- Instead of showing an image of the picture I just took it appears black for a couple of seconds instead. When I try to view my pictures on my camera or on my computer the new ones all appear black, but my previous pictures from a few weeks ago are still viewable. I have tried changing the batteries and tried using different memory cards hoping that was the problem but neither solved the problem. Please advise! thanks!

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  • sillysara Aug 26, 2007

    No, my camera does not have a lens cover to detach. There is no grinding noise. Thanks for the suggestions though, but no luck!

  • sillysara Aug 27, 2007

    I do have a reset button on my camera in the menu and I have reset the camera but the problem is still not solved :o(

  • ebz1 Jul 21, 2008

    Same problem, it's so frustrating.

    I've tried taking photos on every different setting there is, factory reset, memory card format, adjusting image quality.

    I tried it all, but crazily enough, the camera will still record video and that's fine, the picture is clear as.

    I can see through the LCD screen with no problems, but all my pictures are black!

  • lazyeye7 Nov 15, 2008

    All the pictures are black

    Everything seems to be acting normal, but all pictures turn out all black

    No - I do not have a lens cover

    Yes - I have reset to default factory settings

    Any other ideas


  • Anonymous Nov 16, 2008

    i can view what im taking pictures of but when i take the picture it turns up black
    video works
    but the pictures dont come out at all


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Have had exactly same problem, supplier could not find a fault, have got refund and new camera will not be an Olympus!

Posted on Aug 25, 2008

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You checked the obvious, lens cover? (sorry had to ask) any grinding noises when you take a picture or focus\zoom?

Posted on Aug 26, 2007

  • SimcoeTek Computer and Technology Solutions

    I think there may be a hardware problem.
    look for a possibly a hardware manual or a way to reset the camera to factory.


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