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The XZ-1 is dead

Discussion in 'Olympus Forum' started by drd1135, Oct 31, 2013.

  1. drd1135

    drd1135 SC Hall of Famer

    Jul 13, 2011
    Southwest Virginia
    Steve
    My wife's XZ-1 will turn on but it just makes little whirring noises and the lens won't extend. Nothing of note appears on the LCD, although it brightens a little. Anyone think it's worth trying to get it fixed? Fortunately for her, I had thoughtfully purchased the XF-1 a month ago and thoroughly tested it before giving it to her tonight. :smile:
     
  2. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    Luke
    I think you need to contact Olympus. If I had to guess, there is something blocking the lens from zooming to it's starting point. Feel free to shower the camera and the company with compliments in any correspondence. Set a ceiling price in your mind of what you are willing to spend (You can find working used ones around the $150 mark so it should be well below that. And if you already have extra cameras, maybe it's even further below that. Good luck!

    Also, you may be able to get something for it on eBay listed as "for parts" or "not working" and honestly describe the issue. I often see people paying absurd amounts of money for broken cameras.
     
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  3. Biro

    Biro SC All-Pro

    Aug 7, 2011
    Jersey Shore
    Steve
    What Luke said. It'll cost - at most - the price of postage to get a repair estimate from Olympus. You might as well find out if it's a minor problem with big symptoms. If it is a fairly expensive repair, it'll be easy to walk away.
     
  4. Armanius

    Armanius Bring Jack back!

    Jan 11, 2011
    Houston, Texas
    Jack
    I hope you got the red XF1 for the wife!
     
  5. drd1135

    drd1135 SC Hall of Famer

    Jul 13, 2011
    Southwest Virginia
    Steve
    Alas, it was brown. She's a conservative dresser, however. It was fun watching her reaction to the lens/on-off switch.
     
  6. Luckypenguin

    Luckypenguin SC Hall of Famer

    Dec 24, 2010
    Brisbane, Australia
    Nic
    My wife thought that the separate lenscap on the XZ-1 was too much to deal with on a camera. The lens on the XF-1 would probably be likened to a Rubik's cube.

    I hope you can get your XZ-1 back to life without too much trouble.
     
  7. kyteflyer

    kyteflyer ~@¿@~

    Jan 31, 2011
    Newcastle, Australia
    Sue
    I'm not bothering with mine. I haven't yet been able to bring myself to throw it away.
     
  8. drd1135

    drd1135 SC Hall of Famer

    Jul 13, 2011
    Southwest Virginia
    Steve
    It's just sort of sad. It just makes these little noises and can't quite start. I feel like I should take it out back and shoot it.
     
  9. Biro

    Biro SC All-Pro

    Aug 7, 2011
    Jersey Shore
    Steve
    Talk to Olympus and maybe send it in to see if the repair is worth it. If you do get it fixed, just gently put it away for use when one of your other cameras breaks.
     
  10. drd1135

    drd1135 SC Hall of Famer

    Jul 13, 2011
    Southwest Virginia
    Steve
    Well, after much discussion I discover than my wife really missed her old Pentax Optio-10, that little P&S with a tiny SLR hump with a flash in it. So, I found a used one online and she's thrilled. It goes to show how much of all this is personal preference. It does take nice shots, however:
    tulip2-L.

    Of course, I get the XF-1 back.
     
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  11. Biro

    Biro SC All-Pro

    Aug 7, 2011
    Jersey Shore
    Steve
    Well, then... sounds pretty good to me. A lot of people liked the Pentax Optio-10. If your wife is happy enough with its output, all's well that ends well. Did she get the black or the white one?
     
  12. Fiddler

    Fiddler SC Veteran

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    Dec 5, 2010
    Edinburgh, Scotland
    Colin
    Watch this:

    [video=youtube;AkEfnF6zVxc]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AkEfnF6zVxc[/video]
     
  13. drd1135

    drd1135 SC Hall of Famer

    Jul 13, 2011
    Southwest Virginia
    Steve
    There was a LN black one for $125 and she's good with that. There was new white one from Japan for $678 but I didn't want to confuse her with choices :eek: I also have a Pentax Q, and given the timing of the two camera releases I think they used the same sensor in the I-10. The IQ is surprisingly good in good light.
     
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  14. drd1135

    drd1135 SC Hall of Famer

    Jul 13, 2011
    Southwest Virginia
    Steve
    No luck, although it's a good video. The hammer awaits.