PEN-EP5 Broken

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PEN-EP5 Broken

Hi All, Hope you can help. First of all, my three year old EP5 has broken. It turns on but doesn't load the menu and turns back off again very quickly, with a funny grinding noise like the auto zoom makes. I've spoken to Olympus in Australia, they say minimum $300 repair as camera is out of warranty by 18 months. They claim the main board is broken, despite the occasional IS error flashing on the screen in red.

Firstly. Does anyone have any ideas on the error? Does this main board diagnosis sound right? Ive searched the web, only significant fault that comes up repeatedly is the dial, which works fine on mine.

Secondly, if the error is correct, what do i do next. I have the two m43 lenses 14-42 zoom and the 150 zoom with all the filters for both, so a considerable investment. And a spare battery plus tripod mount and backpack strap/belt mount clip to suit. So I have enough gear to be upset that I seem to only have the choice to buy another Olympus.

I'm upset the EP5 is toast within three years. I expect a far greater lifespan out of a modern camera. Am I just unlucky? Camera has been treated with kid gloves.

Logical step is to buy the EPL8 or whatever body and move on. But i'm really reluctant to buy another camera which fails inside four years. I'm just a casual photographer, holiday snaps and I like the quality photos the EP-5 created, plus the video was quite presentable. And I loved the feel of the body, it felt industrial and looked great. Or was the EP5 a budget camera and I should be happy I got three years out of it and need to spend four times the price on the EM1 mkii or whatever the latest is?

I had a good tripod and struggled with night time focusing, but then again, I never tried to put any effort into working out how to improve it.

Would love to hear your thoughts on what to do next. I cant really afford to just buy the latest and greatest, and definitely feel severely let down by the lifespan of this camera.

Thanks in advance


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