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GM5 - Broken Control Dial

Discussion in 'Panasonic Cameras' started by BLT, Jun 1, 2016.

  1. BLT

    BLT Mu-43 Regular

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    Jan 13, 2013
    London
    James
    Sadly the main control dial (thumb wheel) on the back of my GM5 has begun to work intermittently.
    The push button aspect of the dial works fine, but the scroll/dial functionality is so intermittent it is basically useless.

    This dial is so important on the camera and with out it I am unable to change any of the key exposure values like Sutter Speed, Aperture, exposure comp etc. . .

    Just wondering . . Anyone else have this happen to theirs? Any button setting changes I haven't spotted that would give me back this control without using the rear control wheel? Anyone had good experience with Panasonic UK repair out of warranty?

    Thanks for any input.
     
  2. M.Finch

    M.Finch New to Mu-43

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    Aug 31, 2015
    Sorry to hear this.

    It works fine on mine but I had a quick look and the only way to adjust settings without wheel is to use the touch screen. You need to press the disp button to get to the screen with all the settings (no live view). There you can touch any setting and then adjust on-screen. Not perfect but it works.
     
  3. Dan Ka

    Dan Ka Mu-43 Regular

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    Jan 11, 2011
    Northeastern Ohio
    Same occurred with my G5. I just use Qmenu to access the controls.
     
  4. agentlossing

    agentlossing Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jun 26, 2013
    Andrew Lossing
    Haven't heard of that issue, sorry :( Mine hasn't shown any issues.
     
  5. gnarlydog australia

    gnarlydog australia Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Feb 23, 2015
    Brisbane, Australia
    Damiano Visocnik
    it seems rather common problem with Olympus wheels (my E-P5). Some say that it can be fixed with spraying contact cleaner (available at electronic goods shop)
     
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  6. BLT

    BLT Mu-43 Regular

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    Jan 13, 2013
    London
    James
    Nice ONE!!! Being able to adjust the settings this way is exactly what I was hoping to find. THANK YOU.

    I will still look into repairing the camera, but I'm not longer in a rush as this option makes the camera usable again.

    Interesting, might try that.
     
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  7. Dan Ka

    Dan Ka Mu-43 Regular

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    Jan 11, 2011
    Northeastern Ohio
    I went to the local Radio Shack store (electronics, pieces and parts) and purchased a can of cleaner/lubricant for electro-mechanical devices (supposed to clean contacts and the like). After one spray, the dial wheel seems to be operating like new. Thanks gnarlydog!

    P.S.: The pressure out of the can is quite strong. If I ever do this again, I would mask the entire camera with paper & tape save the wheel itself.
     
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  8. gnarlydog australia

    gnarlydog australia Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Feb 23, 2015
    Brisbane, Australia
    Damiano Visocnik
    it was just something I read and not tried personally but I guessed it was worth passing on
    Glad that your GM5 is back on the road with all the wheels working :)
     
  9. Hans Nikesch

    Hans Nikesch New to Mu-43

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    May 6, 2016
    Michigan
    Hans Nikesch
    I had the same problem with my Pentax DSLR and the contact cleaner also worked, glad to hear it worked for you

    Hans
     
  10. BLT

    BLT Mu-43 Regular

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    Jan 13, 2013
    London
    James
    Yes! Contact cleaner has sorted the wheel on my GM5.

    Thanks to all for the suggestions and positive feedback.
     
  11. wjiang

    wjiang Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    How does one spray the cleaner onto the contacts inside? Is dismantling required?
     
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  12. MarkRyan

    MarkRyan Instagram: @MRSallee

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    May 3, 2013
    California
    If it's like I did with my E-P5, it requires no dismantling. Just spray some cleaner into the crevice where the dial meets the body, and rotate the dial to ensure the cleaner/lubricant reaches the insides.

    The cleaner I got -- Deoxit, I believe -- has an adjustable nozzle that lets you set the strength of the spray. I set it to low and applied only the briefest squirt I could manage :)
     
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  13. wjiang

    wjiang Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Hmm I wonder whether that would be effective for a weather sealed E-M1...
     
  14. Lenny

    Lenny New to Mu-43

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    Jan 13, 2016
    Been following this thread for a while and just wanted to say thank you for the heads up on this (old) topic! My GM5 suddenly developed this problem with the scroller wheel too, and I felt so gutted since I just love this camera.

    Following the suggestions made above, here was my procedure:

    Bought a can of WD-40 Specialist Contact Cleaner, covered up the camera with paper so only the scroller wheel was exposed, turned the camera so the scroller wheel faced the ground (to let out any excess cleaner fluid), placed the tip of the spray straw to the wheel and gave a short burst of fluid and then immediately rotated the wheel left and right several times to 'spread' the fluid around. A couple of minutes drying time later (it dries quickly and leaves no residue), I powered on the camera and BOOM! Scrolling wheel is functioning again!! So flippin' happy I don't need to send it off to repair, or worse, retire it from use.

    I know this post is a bit long since it's covered in far fewer words above, but I just wanted to give a more detailed account in order to give hope to others who get this problem too. GM5 for life :cool:
     
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