EPL-5 Problem

Brian_G

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I've been contemplating an EPL-5 body to use as a backup/spare.
One that I've seen bears the following warning: "The settings on this camera reset when the camera is turned off." The price reflects the presence of this fault.
I was thinking this may be cured by reinstalling the firmware?
Anyone had experience with a problem like this?
 

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Brian, sounds as if it has a dead internal capacitor.

This can (rarely) be rectified by inserting a fully charged, good battery and leaving it switched off for a week or two.

Otherwise, it's a repair centre job.
Thanks for the response.
Do Olympus still repair things this old or will it need to go to an independent repairer?
 

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Thanks for the response.
Do Olympus still repair things this old or will it need to go to an independent repairer?
It will almost certainly be cheaper to just buy a s/h one. So look for one with low shutter count, excellent condition.

I recently bought an E-PM2 with about 4,000 shutter actuations for $125 AUD$.

Very nice tiny camera with my 14-42 EZ on it.
 
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Brian, sounds as if it has a dead internal capacitor.

This can (rarely) be rectified by inserting a fully charged, good battery and leaving it switched off for a week or two.

Otherwise, it's a repair centre job.

I had a PL5 and a PM2 that did the same thing. Did some research and saw the same thing that you mentioned. Even if I left a fully charged battery in, it didn't seem to make much difference. Most likely a dead internal capacitor. Not likely to be worth repairing. I just resigned myself to reset the date and time every time I changed the battery. I reset other settings if I felt ambitious. :)
 

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Thanks for the responses.
It appears to be a fairly common Olympus problem, caused by failure of an internal capacitor.
Not entirely sure this is the same thing , since it is described as " reset when the camera is turned off," whilst the other threads mention "loses settings when the battery is removed/changed."
I wonder if anyone has tried updating or reinstalling the firmware to attempt a cure?
Since it will only be a spare, I don't mind re-entering the settings when I want to use it.
 

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Thanks for the responses.
It appears to be a fairly common Olympus problem, caused by failure of an internal capacitor.
Not entirely sure this is the same thing , since it is described as " reset when the camera is turned off," whilst the other threads mention "loses settings when the battery is removed/changed."
I wonder if anyone has tried updating or reinstalling the firmware to attempt a cure?
Since it will only be a spare, I don't mind re-entering the settings when I want to use it.
Updating software/firmware won’t fix a damaged electrical component. You’ll just have the most up to date camera that continually forgets it’s settings.
 

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