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Weird Buzz on E-PL1 Startup

Discussion in 'Olympus Cameras' started by UnivTex34, Jun 9, 2011.

  1. UnivTex34

    UnivTex34 Mu-43 Regular

    78
    May 11, 2011
    I have a 2 month old E-pl1 that is making a weird buzz on startup....

    It makes the noise with every lens, and without any lens attached....

    The noise sounds like it is coming from the lower left hand side of the body (while looking at the LCD)....

    anyone know the cause?
     
  2. UnivTex34

    UnivTex34 Mu-43 Regular

    78
    May 11, 2011
    [ame=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0eGFq3ECaBc]YouTube - ‪Cam‬‏[/ame]

    here is a video that i made so you can actually hear the sound.....
     
  3. Covey22

    Covey22 Mu-43 Regular

    91
    May 3, 2011
    New England, USA
    Unfortunately, I can't view this video (current location blocks certaint content), but could it be the cleaning system (SSWF) on the sensor that you're hearing?
     
  4. UnivTex34

    UnivTex34 Mu-43 Regular

    78
    May 11, 2011
    Not sure, but I don't remember hearing this sound before.
     
  5. SCT

    SCT Mu-43 Regular

    141
    Mar 8, 2011
    Landover, MD, USA
    Definately not a normal sound, mine has never made such a sound. Is it turning itself on and off continuously in the video or is that you?
     
  6. UnivTex34

    UnivTex34 Mu-43 Regular

    78
    May 11, 2011
    I am doing it....
     
  7. wyip

    wyip Mu-43 Regular

    77
    Nov 17, 2010
    San Francisco, CA
    My uneducated guess would be the cleaning system too. The other culprit would be the IBIS system, but this only occurs when you start up the camera and not continuously while moving the camera around. Either way, it should go back to Olympus for repairs. Good luck!
     
  8. OPSSam

    OPSSam Mu-43 Regular

    134
    Dec 18, 2010
    NC
    I agree. The loudest sound I have is on shutdown with my e-pl1, image stabilizer/dust system shutdown. It could be a problem with the shutter system.
     
  9. RT_Panther

    RT_Panther Mu-43 Legend

    May 4, 2011
    Texas
    Not normal and it's not the IBIS
     
  10. SCT

    SCT Mu-43 Regular

    141
    Mar 8, 2011
    Landover, MD, USA
    I agree with wyip. Contact the place where you purchased the camera first, they may give you an exchange so you don't have to wait.

    When I first bought the EPL1, it was defective after turning it on a few times. Weird sounds, turn itself on and off, screen acted up, can't do anything.
     
  11. UnivTex34

    UnivTex34 Mu-43 Regular

    78
    May 11, 2011
    And it is off to Olympus.....
     
  12. UnivTex34

    UnivTex34 Mu-43 Regular

    78
    May 11, 2011
    Just got this back...

    They replaced the gears, but there was also a photocopied page of the manual regarding the dust cleaner, with a hand written note that the buzzing was due to it...

    so they replaced parts, and claimed it was normal...

    but the final verdict, no loud buzzing on startup...

    A+ experience dealing with Olympus Warranty and support.....