Having problems with your Olympus Camedia C-725 Digital Camera ?

Camera Turns off and flashes light soon after turning on then freezes


\015 Yesterday I wanted to take some special pictures only to find that my camera will not operate consistently and correctly. The main symptom is as follows:-\015\012\015\012Turn on in Auto mode ? lens extends.\015\012\015\012Try to take picture ? both viewfinders blank, red light flashes several (exactly 11) times and then the camera locks until I press the red (startup) button, then the lens closes.\015\012\015\012 \015\012The same happens most of the time even if I try something simple like: -\015\012\015\012Turn on ?lens extends\015\012Flip up flash ? camera locks up, both viewfinders blank and red light flashes ELEVEN times.\015\012\015\012I have had the following also:-\015\012\015\012Turn on ? lens extends\015\012Take one or two pictures ? ok\015\012\015\012Suddenly the viewfinder and lcd go blank and the camera locks. I have not noticed the flashing light in these cases.\015\012\015\012I have also had occassions in the past, even when the camera was quite new, when the camera will hold the shutter open for aaaaaaggggeeeessss resulting is a whiteout picture. I found on this site a link to a recall for this kind of fault but that only seems to apply to Canon cameras.\015\012\015\012The camera was bought 25/09/2004. Serial Number is 186095297.\015\012\015\012\015\012I have replaced the batteries and also allowed the whole thing to sit without batteries overnight. This has not had any effect. I have also swapped the memory card over. I am not aware of any jolt or mistreatment of this camera.\015\012\015\012\015\0121.Please advise the best course of action or any further checks which I can do?\015\012\015\0122.Is there a diagnostic tool which can be used from my PC via the USB?\015\0123.Also do the number of flashes of the light tell anyone anything - its always 11 flashes before the whole thing locks?\015\012\015\012I have been told minimum repair cost - regardless of what is done - will be over \302\243100. This seems absurd if it is a simply corrected fault.\015\0124.Does anyone have any comments on why these repairs should have a minimum charge, after all if the garage change the oil in my car I would not expect them to charge the same as a full service!?\015

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I have exactly the same problem and I found, that it is probably related to rechargable batteries. If I use normal batteries, everything works fine. Confusing is, that I used to use rechargable ones all the time, but errors started few days ago. I also have two sets of rechargable batteries, but both are useless now. Maybe that camera is getting old and it needs fresh 4x1,5V from normal batteries instead of 4x1,2V from rechargable ones.
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