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C5050zoom internal battery

Steven Michener , Jan 23, 2006; 09:20 p.m.

Does the C5050zoom have an internal battery? I'm losing my settings when I change out the batteries. Is it replaceable.......I have no problems with doing some "surgery".



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Gerry Siegel (Honolulu) , Jan 23, 2006; 10:50 p.m.

In the event you may not have the manual, you might want to do the following, per pg 164, a long shot of course. Menu->Setup->All Reset-> See if it is still checked "Off". If the batteries are out for an hour it goes back to default settings per the manual. I see no reference to an internal battery anywhere, it might just have non volatile memory. I would avoid the surgery option. Never heard of this type of thing happening. Bad things happen to good cameras,Steve. Good luck. Hope it is a simple thing. Has been reliable for me.

Steven Michener , Jan 23, 2006; 11:32 p.m.

Thanks Gerry, It still works fine....except for losing all settings and date/time when battery door is opened....even for 5 seconds. It all started after coming back from a flying trip and had to put it in checked luggage for the trip home. I'm starting to wonder if a blast of super x-ray on the luggage could have done something...or just coincidence.


Ron Goodenow , Jan 24, 2006; 09:38 a.m.


I believe this is a recurring problem with the 5050. Check out http://groups.yahoo.com/group/MyOlympus/

Never, never, never....never, never put a camera (or anything else of value) in checked luggage.

Tom Stough , Jan 24, 2006; 09:55 p.m.

The same symptoms are exhibited by my out of warranty 5050. When I contacted Olympus they said it was likely the capacitor needing to be replaced and although they couldn�t quote a firm price without seeing the camera, said it might be a little over $100. As a work around they suggested changing the batteries while under DC power if you have an adapter.

BTW, my Olympus has not been on an airplane.

Gerry Siegel (Honolulu) , Jan 25, 2006; 02:14 a.m.

Checked luggage does get bounced around and stomped, especially by Aeroflot galoots and just pink slipped handlers by any airline. If thoroughly wrapped in skivvies, I doubt if it would fare worse than the Sangean short wave radio I always pack. Wife is an extraordinary packer,ought to work for the Matson line.Actually, the C5050 now an older item ,is still a fine machine fast lens,three type of cards,movable LCD-and worth a hundred buck fix ( oh yeah,have Oly check to see if it has one of Sony's recalled sensors) is worth repair at that price. I try to shchlep all my photo equipment in the Lowepro backpack,but it is not always and ever possible. No,Steven,even high gamma radiation would likely cause this effect say the physicists. And at this time if you love it, I say fix the little guy. I still use it regularly for down and sneak shots. Or sell it as is on eBay,bet you find a buyer..Gerry

Steven Michener , Jan 25, 2006; 06:02 p.m.

Thanks everyone, When I emailed Oly customer support they just emailed me back a canned response saying to send it in for repairs. No suggestions. I noticed that if I program it how I like it and save it to "My Mode" it only will lose the Date/Time on battery change.......actually it still loses everything, but if I switch to "My Mode" it remembers everything except Date/Time. I like the HD construction of the camera and 5 megapixels actually is plenty......I've got awesome 11" x 17" prints from the 5050 and my Epson printer. Some of the new "too small for my taste" umpteen megapixel cameras are so cheaply constructed with flimsy plastic and only SD or equivalent cards( I prefer CF). Kinda hard to decide what exactly the cutoff point is between repair and just buy new? Thanks again for the help.

Paul P , Apr 14, 2006; 05:48 a.m.

Mine too... :-(

I only have to remove the batterys and I loose date & time and cont/sat/sha settings! I believe it's an internal capacitor that goes in them. It's the thing the holds the power (for up to 1 hr) while you swap batterys (as has been said above)

I believe it's quite common in several models of Olympus cameras.

Rather than pay Oly to fix a problem I shouldn't be suffering from, I just reset the date, etc whenever the power is interupted! Fine in theory... but I forgot the other day when I was standing in a windswept field! I replaced the batterys, shot a few frames, noticed the sat/sha/cont where at 0/0/0/ and then spent 10 mins trying to get the date/time from my phone and into the camera. [the time/date sequence has to be right if you shoot with 2 or more cameras and 'sort by date' otherwise the images are everywhere]

As it was, I got it an hour out so they had to have the EXIF 're-dated' in Oly Viewer the next day which gave the files a different 'modified' date.

My C5050 must be coming up to 3yrs in Mar/April and it's been like this about 8 months now.

Some perinent threads: http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/read.asp?forum=1008&message=14546703





Taking a Cx0x0 apart http://www.jr-worldwi.de/photo/mod_oly.html

Exploded parts diagram for a c5050


It's a long time I've looked into this so can't readily find the capacitor in the C5050 parts diagram.

Anyway, I hope it's of help.

This place has oly parts.


Good luck

Paul P , Apr 14, 2006; 06:23 a.m.

Here's a photo sequence of stripping a C5050


The capacitor is located differently than in earlier cameras (or on the link I enclosed above) It's actually right inside the camera and quite difficult to get at.. needing removal of the rear-half of the case and a curcuit board!

Then Olympus won't sell you the actual capacitor part.. only the complete curcuitboard it's fitted to!

I'm going off Olympus is a big way...

Sol k , Apr 18, 2006; 08:08 p.m.

I have had a 2020 ,3030, 4040, and now a 5050. This problem was something that all had and for what it is worth from the very start. I just assumed that is how it is and shot with power supply and actually kept the use of batteries to an absolute minimum.

Maybe we should sue Olympus!

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