Did I brick my GM5?

camit34

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OP mentioned he tried multiple batteries -- you might also check that the contacts in the battery receptacle aren't dirty/corroded/obstructed.
Wow, I skipped right over that... thanks for pointing it out and hopefully it gets resolved as that little camera a gem and would be a loss that would really suck...
 

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Just out of curiosity, have you tried a new, completely different, battery? It might just be that the battery has gone caput.
OP mentioned he tried multiple batteries -- you might also check that the contacts in the battery receptacle aren't dirty/corroded/obstructed.
Thanks for the suggestion, @camit34 , but I have tried at least three different batteries. All of these batteries were confirmed working prior to encountering the issue, but I haven't tested them independently of this camera. Still, it seems highly unlikely that all three batteries would go caput simultaneously.

I have also checked the contacts between the camera and batteries. I don't see any issue, but I also tried to gently clean the contacts both with a pencil eraser and with an alcohol swab. Unfortunately, that didn't resolve the issue.

- K
 

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Was the camera powered-up when you tried to change lenses? I guess a static discharge could also be damaging to contact points.
I don't think it was powered up. I'm typically pretty careful to change lenses only with the camera turned off. That said, I can't rule the possibility out completely. Static electricity definitely seems like a plausible cause given that the issue presents as complete electrical failure.

At this point I think I've exhausted my own abilities to troubleshoot it and it also appears this is one wound that time has no intention of healing. I just need to resign myself to swallowing the $50 (plus shipping) that it will require to get a proper diagnosis and a repair estimate. The next question will be whether the cost to repair makes economic sense. My guess is that if the logic board is fried, it won't be a cheap fix.

- K
 

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At this point I think I've exhausted my own abilities to troubleshoot it and it also appears this is one wound that time has no intention of healing. I just need to resign myself to swallowing the $50 (plus shipping) that it will require to get a proper diagnosis and a repair estimate. The next question will be whether the cost to repair makes economic sense. My guess is that if the logic board is fried, it won't be a cheap fix.

- K
Yeah, Keith, could be expensive. However, like the E-PM2, there has never really been a replacement.
 

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After finally giving up hope on the old aphorism "time heals all wounds" and working through the Seven Stages of Grief with my dead GM5, I finally sent the poor thing off to Panasonic's designated repair shop for my area a couple weeks back.

Today, I got back the estimate: US$378.03. It seems the PCB needs replacing, as someone suggested in this thread.

Just as I had feared, this number falls within the circle of confusion on the question of whether it makes sense economically. That sum is a bit less than I paid for the camera (plus a P12–32 lens) a little over 6 months back. The question now is whether I want to buy it again.

I'm leaning toward paying the invoice and getting the little jewel back, but I'm curious what you all think.

- K
 

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After finally giving up hope on the old aphorism "time heals all wounds" and working through the Seven Stages of Grief with my dead GM5, I finally sent the poor thing off to Panasonic's designated repair shop for my area a couple weeks back.

Today, I got back the estimate: US$378.03. It seems the PCB needs replacing, as someone suggested in this thread.

Just as I had feared, this number falls within the circle of confusion on the question of whether it makes sense economically. That sum is a bit less than I paid for the camera (plus a P12–32 lens) a little over 6 months back. The question now is whether I want to buy it again.

I'm leaning toward paying the invoice and getting the little jewel back, but I'm curious what you all think.

- K
Pay for it, Keith.

There is no modern replacement, and you will effectively get a new camera back, if Panasonic service is anything like that of Olympus.

If my E-PM2 breaks, that's what I would do.
 

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Imagine your GM5 was not damaged, but instead crushed under the wheels of a bus; would you weep and rush out to buy another off eBay for $378? Your answer to that should tell you what you want to know.
 

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There's one on eBay at the moment in the UK at a BIN price of £300 (incl. shipping). Not sure what sort of import tax you'd have to add, but it might be worth a look. Best price I've seen lately.

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With the Norwegian sales tax at 25%, it ends up at about $450 adjusted for currency. Rather tempted though, but overspent as it is on gear this month.

Top tip. Much obliged. :)
 
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