Having problems with your Olympus EVOLT E-500 Digital Camera ?

Slow taking pic, flash flashes multiple times while lenses acts like it is trying to focus


\015 Ok, it is hard to explain, but I will try my best. My camera didn't do this when we first got it, but I think hubby messed with it. We have tried resetting to factory (or at least hubby alleges he has), and it still does it.\015\012\015\012When I go to take pictures, it doesn't matter what mode, except sports mode sometimes....\015\012\015\012I depress the button, the flash just keeps flashing and making a clicking sound, you can hear something (I think the lense/camera) focusing. If you are looking through the view/eye piece, you can see the picture coming in and out of focus. It can take up to 30-60 second to take a picture, or you may not be able to take a picture at all, no matter how many times you repeat the process. Also, at times, when I use the sports mode (which I use a lot because I have a real young baby (6 1/2 wks), one very active toddler, and one active child which I am trying to take pictures of, they come out blurry.\015\012\015\012BTW - I have tried to just take a picture of a blank sheet (ie a bed sheet) with nothing on it or moving through it...and the same thing happens, although it seems to take a bit less time for the picture to eventually take.\015\012\015\012Help please, I am trying to get my kids christmas picture done so I can get christmas cards out.\015

Answers :

The evolt cameras use the flash bursts as a "autofocus help". Try to find points with high contrast or edges to point one of the three autofocus points at (you see these points while looking through the viewfinder and they flash red as soon as the camera is focused).

So, flash bursts basically mean "too low light" some other situation which is hard for the camera to focus. In such situations, try to switch to MF mode (manual focus). Or you could buy an external flash (e.g. Olympus FL-36) which has a red light for autofocus assistance instead of flash bursts.
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