Troubleshooting Olympus DSLR Error Messages

The Olympus E-5 DSLR camera. Olympus

While problems with Olympus DSLR cameras are pretty rare, you may see an error message appear on the screen from time to time. While this can be a frustrating occurrence, it’s important that you maintain a level head.

The error message is providing you with a clue as to the problem that the Olympus DSLR camera is experiencing. Take note of the error message or the positioning of the error light on the camera, and then read through my tips listed here to solve the problem with your Olympus camera.

  • Autofocus mark is blinking. Although this error doesn’t provide an actual message, you will see a blinking box. The autofocus mechanism cannot achieve a good focus on the subject, perhaps because you are standing too close or because the subject has a bright reflection from the sun or other strong light. Try moving to improve the camera’s ability to focus.
  • Card error. Sometimes indicated with an “-E-” error message, the card error message with your Olympus DSLR camera simply indicates a problem with the memory card. Try reinserting the card. If you still see the error message, you’ll have to format the card, which will erase all of the data on the card.
  • Image cannot be edited. If you see this error message while trying to use the Olympus DSLR’s editing tools on a particular photo, you likely are trying to edit a photo shot with a different camera. The Olympus DSLR cannot edit these types of images.
  • Internal camera temperature is too high. Sometimes, when shooting dozens of continuous photos or when shooting video, the camera’s internal components might overheat, and the Olympus DSLR camera may automatically shut itself down to prevent damage. If you see this error message, but the camera does not shut down on its own, you need to turn the camera off for several minutes to allow it to cool.
  • Memory full. While you may think this error message is related to a full memory card, it’s probably actually referring to the internal memory area of the Olympus DSLR camera being full. If you see this message while you have a memory card inserted in the camera, it’s possible that the memory card is full or is malfunctioning, causing the camera to store images in internal memory instead. Or you may have to work through the camera’s setup menu to switch the storage area from internal memory to the memory card.
  • No connection. The no connection error message only occurs when the Olympus DSLR camera is trying to connect to a printer or computer. Make sure all of the USB cables are tight. Then turn off the camera, turn it back on, and try making the connection again.
  • Picture error. This error message tells you that the photo you’ve selected for viewing cannot be displayed because of an error with the image file. This error often means that the image file has been damaged somehow, leaving it unable to appear on the LCD screen. Try downloading the image to your computer to see if the image file will display on the computer screen or if the computer can repair the file. It’s also possible that the photo was shot with a different camera, leaving your Olympus DSLR camera unable to display the photo.
  • Write protect. Sometimes indicated with a “-P-” error message, the write protect error message means that the memory card has a “read-only” setting. If you’re using an SD type of memory card, you must flip the toggle switch on the card to allow writing to the card. Some other types of memory cards will require you to change the card’s setting in the computer menu.