Stylus 300/400 microswitch
The microswitch is mounted on the mainboard of the camera. The black actuating assembly slides across the microswitch and turns the camera on. There seems to be very few problems with the switch but a myriad of problems with the actuating assembly. The vent/actuating assembly is attached to the front case with silicone cement which does not bond to the plastic on the vent. In service, the constant pressure from the plungers and spring pushes
the assembly through the silicone into the camera body.
This causes the foot of the arm to hang on the micro switch body and break off the nib.
I have four (4) Stylus 300 here, one of which has been sent to Olympus for repair. Repair consists of replacing the front case half. The replacement case half contains an upgraded vent/link assembly which has heavier flanges and
a spring which extends over the case body. This replacement assembly SHOULD cure the recurrent failures.
Olympus refuses to sell the replacement parts and insists the camera be sent in for repair. Apparently the Japanese
consider the Americans too stupid to affect this repair! It is getting to the point that I would consider Americans stupid to keep buying products from this company. Any good camera repair facility should be capable or repairing one of these cameras in a few minutes if parts were made
available. These cameras can NOT be repaired without replacement parts! If an aftermarket supplier could be found to supply parts it would be a solution.
Olympus D-580 Zoom Lens Cover won't work
:mad: I am so disgusted with this Olympus camera. I've only used it a few times and have invested so much money in additional xD memory cards and accessories for it that can't be used with the next camera I buy since I WILL NEVER BUY ANOTHER OLYMPUS. As so many have detailed before me, the lens cover will not retract anymore. I have tried the trick of removing the AA batteries but the built-in battery never drains, even after several days; the clock date and time remain set correctly even after I left the batteries out. I'm not sure draining the built-in battery would fix the lens cover problem anyway, after reading the posts. I get the flashing red and green lights and the dozen beeps and the camera turning off whenever I try to close the lens cover which won't close. Only the playback button works, not the OK button. I can't take any pictures. I will let Olympus and everyone else I can think of know how many of us have had to junk this camera and buy another brand rather than paying Olympus to fix what they should have made properly to begin with. I'm mostly disappointed in Consumer Reports since I bought the Olympus based on their review.
Olympus Stylus 400 defect - anyone else?
That's really great to hear, dsierraji. I know the Stylus 300, 400 and 410 have their quirks but a simple phone call to Olympus tech support obviously got you back on track again. As I mentioned before, Olympus is a good company. I don't understand why anyone else can't just pick up the phone and work with their people on this. All these enraged posts are getting ridiculous.
I experience the same problem.
I experience the same problem with my Olympus Stylus 400 and another friend did as well. Initially the camera would power down when trying to take a photograph. The camera was used very little before it stopped working all together. I received the camera as a gift and Olympus stated the camera wouldn't be repaired under warranty and the cost of repair would be some amount in excess of a minimum $100 fee, which they would tell me after I sent in the camera.
They acted like there was no problem with similar cameras and no recall would be made. I have repeatedly seen this same problem for olympus cameras with sliding on. As the original poster, I can still review my photos taken but the camera won't engage on to take photos.