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Old Jul 17, 2006, 6:43 AM   #1
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C-8080 red alert light started blinking after taking movie and a coupla stills underwater. Everything jammed. Could not turn on or off. Replaced battery and then it worked again. Camera jammed again underwater after taking a couple of stills. Worked again after I turned it off, then on. But jammed again immediately after taking another still shot - same deal - red light blinking - couldn't turn it off until I got outa the water and got the camera out of the case and removed battery back on dry land. I was diving with a divemaster who had had a C-8080 for a year and had no problems. I was using camera on P setting. I was using the Olympus u/w housing and there was no leak.

I confess I know little of photography or cameras. this has never happened before shooting above water. and has not happened again, above water. My divemaster friend suggested it could be a firmware malfunction and recommended I download and install the firmware again. Is this possible? I have found a firmware update for the C-8080 on Olympus' site, but still unclear if this will help me. Any input on the malfunction described above will be most welcome.

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Old Jul 18, 2006, 3:17 AM   #2
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Have you tried camera with other memory card?
Sounds quite similar to what my KM A2 did when "card halved its capacity".
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Old Jul 18, 2006, 4:40 AM   #3
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thanx, I will try your suggestion. I confess I'm using pirate XD cards, altho my CF card is genuine, as far as I am aware.
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Old Jul 18, 2006, 8:36 AM   #4
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Assuming you were using the same memory card above and below water, then it sounds more like a pressure related problem. You didn't state how deep you were. Is there a depth where it does work and then ceases after passing a certain depth?

Perhaps there is something inside the housing that is pressing against the camera. Have you used this housing successfully in the past? I am also assuming it is a rigid housing and not a soft one like the ewa marine housings.

Just a few thoughts. Hope it helps.
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