Hi, When I pulled my 850SW out of my purse this morning the screen was cracked, as far as I can tell the only think that could have done it is my cell phone. So much for it being a water/shock/mangle proof camera.
Does anyone know if it's possible to fix/replace the screen or is it just cheaper to buy a new one?
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Re: cracked/dead screen on Olympus 850SW
Hi, if you want you can replace the Screen in low coast. But i like to say its depend on you r country. But if you think in casual way then a new camera always higher price than a camera parts. So i suggest you visit a service center and tell them for replace your camera screen. It will cost approx 25 - 50 USD. Thanks & waiting for your feedback.
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You could have a problem with the board of the camera. I hope you did not drop the camera. If what you say is happening try to restart the computer of the camera by removing the main battery. It also has a reserve battery and I suggest you remove that too. In about an hour put the batteries back and see if the camera has reset itself. If it does not work I hope you applied for the extended warranty and just send it back to the camera shop if they handle it or directly to Olympus. Good Luck
Most of the cameras with a date time clock have a secondary internal power source like a small watch type battery some point and shoot cameras use a storage cell which takes power from the main battery. This means when the main battery looses power the camera clock will hold a setting for about 1 day or 24 hours. To keep the camera clock set you need to keep a charge in the main battery. Here is a screen shot from the manual explaining this function.
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Anyhow, to answer your question, YES, your camera is dead. May it rest in peace at the nearest electronics recycling station. If you even get a few drops of salt water in an electronic camera it's either going to be toast immediately, or it won't take long for the inevitable corrosion to do it's magic and kill it. You could send it in for repair, but that would likely cost more than a new(er) camera.
You can download a manual at this site. http://www.olympusamerica.com/cpg_section/cpg_support_manuals.asp?id=1365 It sounds like your battery is dead. How long have you had this camera? If the battery is not charged properly it will cause the life time to be cut in half or more. When charging these batteries you have to let them die completely before charging. This could be a major problem if your in the middle of taking pictures. I have two batteries for all my cameras that way I always have one on stand by. Hope this works. Let me know if I can help you with anything else. JimmyC
You probably know by now that the 850SW is waterproof, shockproof and also stands up in freezing conditions. I am just writing because I am very happy with mine and would highly recommend it for your active boyfriend. We have gotten many great pictures with it in the water and the kids have been pretty rough with it at times.
Olympus also has newer versions of this camera, the 1030SW and the 1050SW. I saw the 1050SW today at Costco for just 229.99.