How to Fix Olympus Mirrorless Camera Problems

Getting an error message on your Olympus? Try these tips

Olympus digital mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras (ILC), such as the Olympus PEN models, are like DSLR cameras, where the lenses can be changed out from the camera bodies. However, mirrorless ILCs have no mirror to redirect the scene view to an optical viewfinder. These cameras are completely digital and include a digital viewfinder.

If you experience a problem with your Olympus digital mirrorless camera, you may see an error message. Although it's frustrating to see one, the error message provides a clue to the problem so you can troubleshoot the issue. We have some common issues and solutions below.

Olympus PEN Mirrorless Cameras

Causes of Olympus Mirrorless Camera Problems

There are several reasons why you may see an error message on your Olympus mirrorless digital camera. The lens might not be properly attached, the camera may be overheating, or your subject may be overexposed, for example.

How to Fix Some Common Olympus Mirrorless Camera Problems

Here are some common errors you may encounter while using your Olympus camera, along with some potential solutions.

  1. Check the status of a lens. This error message usually occurs when the lens isn't attached properly. Remove the lens and attach it again. Be sure to turn off the camera before reattaching the lens, to allow the camera to clear the error message. If the lens is connected properly, make sure the metal connects on the lens are free of grime and particles, so the lens can make a clean connection with the camera's metal connects.

  2. Image cannot be edited. You might encounter this error message when you use the in-camera editing features on an Olympus PEN camera, and work with a photo stored on a memory card that was taken with a different camera. The Olympus PEN camera usually only edits its photos. Use an image editing software package after downloading the photo to your computer instead.

  3. Internal camera temperature is too high. When this error message occurs, the camera's internal temperature is beyond safe limits, usually because of continuous shooting or video shooting. Turn the camera off and wait several minutes for it to cool.

    Sometimes, this error message is listed as C/F with the symbol for degrees.

  4. Lens is locked. This error message appears when the lens is retracted but needs to extend. Some Olympus PEN zoom lenses have a lock switch that allows the lens to stay put when not in use. Manually turn the zoom ring counter-clockwise to extend the lens.

  5. Picture error. This error message sometimes occurs when the memory card is full. When this happens, clear some space on the card. Otherwise, the camera cannot read or display the photo you selected. Download the file to your computer to see whether it's viewable there. If not, the photo file is probably damaged.

  6. The slow shutter speed number blinks. If the shutter speed setting blinks in the LCD screen and is set to a slow shutter speed, such as 1/60th of a second or less, the subject is underexposed. Use a flash or shoot at a smaller aperture setting.

  7. The fast shutter speed number blinks. When the camera is set to a fast shutter speed, such as 1/250th of a second or faster, and the shutter speed setting blinks, the subject is overexposed. Decrease the ISO sensitivity or increase the aperture setting.

  8. The low aperture setting blinks. If the aperture number blinks when it's set at a low number, such as F2.8, the subject is too dark. Use the flash or increase the ISO sensitivity.

  9. The high aperture setting blinks. If the aperture number blinks when it's set at a high number, such as F22, the subject is overexposed. Use a faster shutter speed or decrease the ISO sensitivity.

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