Special phenomenon with Panasonic Lumix G2

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Many years ago I bought an m43 camera, the Panasonic Lumix G2. After several years of intensive use, the shutter suddenly broke. The shutter remained closed, so that the camera could no longer be used. I bought then an Olympus OM10 mk11, which still works fine.

When I put in an old charged battery in the Lumix G2 yesterday, the shutter suddenly opened again. I can take pictures with it again! I now have 2 working cameras.

My question does anyone know the phenomenon that if you put a charged battery in an Lumix G2 camera, that suddenly a defective / closed shutter functions normally again?

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I am not familiar with this particular phenomenon, but I am familiar with having good luck once in a while (not often enough!). However, I think I'd be a little leery about using that camera for anything important (like taking a trip with it). It is kind of obviously not to be trusted. Maybe you could use it as a 2nd body with a different lens mounted, or just as a backup (although using an unreliable camera as a backup to a reliable one seems kind of weird... ;)
 

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Maybe there was some glitch in the memory of the camera. Allowing it to discharge completely for so long probably resets the chips inside, and it sorted itself out. Just a guess though.
 

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I am not familiar with this particular phenomenon, but I am familiar with having good luck once in a while (not often enough!). However, I think I'd be a little leery about using that camera for anything important (like taking a trip with it). It is kind of obviously not to be trusted. Maybe you could use it as a 2nd body with a different lens mounted, or just as a backup (although using an unreliable camera as a backup to a reliable one seems kind of weird... ;)
Thanks for your great answer!!
 

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I had my Panny G2 shutter stuck after canceling a time-lapse long exposure of a lightning storm many moons ago. Nobody was willing to repair it and I couldn't get it to work so I gave up on it. I don't have it anymore but I am tempted to get one just for nostalgia, I've seen it for a few tens of £ and in my favourite color too (when they used to make them other then black or silver): blue.
 

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I had my Panny G2 shutter stuck after canceling a time-lapse long exposure of a lightning storm many moons ago. Nobody was willing to repair it and I couldn't get it to work so I gave up on it. I don't have it anymore but I am tempted to get one just for nostalgia, I've seen it for a few tens of £ and in my favourite color too (when they used to make them other then black or silver): blue.
Now I know more! It happens with a not-panasonic battery the shutter closes down to open no more. When I then remove this battery and replace it by an original panasonic battery with the camera in the on position, the shutter opens and you can use the camera again as normal.
 

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Now I know more! It happens with a not-panasonic battery the shutter closes down to open no more. When I then remove this battery and replace it by an original panasonic battery with the camera in the on position, the shutter opens and you can use the camera again as normal.
I wish I knew this about 10 years ago :) ... I can't confirm or deny if it works since I don't have mine anymore, but I am happy to know I efed up.
 

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Now I know more! It happens with a not-panasonic battery the shutter closes down to open no more. When I then remove this battery and replace it by an original panasonic battery with the camera in the on position, the shutter opens and you can use the camera again as normal.
I had this issue with my old Olympus E-3. I even sent it in for repair and they found nothing wrong. I would go to take a photo, the mirror would go up and then the camera would freeze. I had to remove the battery to reset it. Not sure why I didn't notice it at the time and I am sure I thought I tried different batteries but it turned out to be this one battery I had that would cause it to happen. A lot of anguish over nothing. Fortunately, unlike you, I figured it out quickly enough so didn't resort to replacing it at the time. I think I used it for another year before I got my E-M1.
 

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