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d: 3c85 error on E300

I have an E300 which is just 5 days out of warranty and now shows a 3c85 error whenever I take a picture. The picture is written to the card but the red writing light keeps blinking and the camera needs to be switched on and off to be able to take another picture. Any help is of course much appreciated!

best regards,


Jeroen Callens
Thu, 01 Jun 2006 00:44:58 -0700

Format the card using the camera. If problem persists then replace card.

Home User
Tue, 18 Jul 2006 23:28:33 -0700

I have the same problem. Have you got the right solution ?

Wed, 07 Feb 2007 14:34:10 -0800

I have the same error code... the red writing light keeps blinking and the camera needs to be switched on and off to be able to take another picture..
Hardware or software?

Fri, 20 Jun 2008 08:00:29 +0000

Solution to ----> D: 3C85

I had the same problem whith my E-500 .. But got it fixed whit a Firmware update...... ;-)

Rene Holl´┐Żnder
Sat, 28 Feb 2009 08:56:29 +0000

I just tried to update my camera but it did not make the problem go away to the D : 3c85 code. Does anyone have any ideas?

Greg Marlow
Sat, 28 Feb 2009 15:28:48 +0000

I've got the same problem on a E-500. Just upgraded the disk but no improvement.

Sunny Wyo
Thu, 02 Apr 2009 16:47:46 +0000

I have the 3c85 error code too. Bought a new card and formated and this did not help. Has anyone fixed this problem?

R. Osgood
Fri, 12 Jun 2009 22:00:31 +0000

formatted card/upgraded firmware still the issue isthere .. i read somewhere this is caused by excess humidity????

Fri, 23 Oct 2009 04:03:32 +0000

Anyone found a solution? Have the same problem with firmware updated to 1.3.

Wed, 30 Dec 2009 06:51:42 +0000

Same problem.
Using E300 the problem exist only when i use my lens ED 70-300.
Can someone help.

Fri, 08 Jan 2010 15:01:52 +0000

Yes, I too have this D:3C85 problem on an E-500; I too have reformatted the card (and of course lost what was on it) and the problem persists. Anyone got the definitive answer yet?

Fri, 05 Feb 2010 21:21:02 +0000

Defect shutter release.
The error code D: 3C85 is probably caused by a defect shutter release (shutter failure) (Google find My cam sounds different too when making a shot. There is an extra click. This can be fixed by Olympus Service, but may be very costly.
Normally the shutter should last for at least 50,000 releases (~pictures taken). Mine is broken after 9000 (4 years of use). I think it is cheaper to buy a second hand E510 or E520 body and throw the defect cam it in the bin.

Thu, 15 Apr 2010 19:53:28 +0000

I took the lens off, laid the camera on it's back and took a few shots to see the shutter in action, and now it works consistently without the error code. Dunno why.

Rothu Nedmac
Tue, 27 May 2014 14:28:56 +0400

I also took the lens off, took a few shots and now it works properly

Wed, 04 Nov 2020 07:44:36 -0800

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