My brand new camera wont take pictures and when i try, my camera turns off then back on. and then repeats. I charge my camera's batteries in a standard battery charger. it is not an olympus charger though. do you think this may have anything to do with my problem?
Batteries can be charged in any suitable battery charger. The charging volts must be per specs required for charging, and most generic chargers meet these specs. - The charging volts must be higher than the nominal battery voltage.
The problem of your camera turning ON and then OFF, and repeating this cycle may be due to an improperly charged battery. Can you try charging the battery while it is still connected to the camera? Another option is to try a new battery.