I have an old Olympus OMD EM5 5 Mark I that is in perfect condition. I use it to practise my photography and also to look cool.

I was attempting to take a macro shot; with the target object a bit too far, so I was moving in until it could focus.

The camera then froze with an image in the view finder. No button would work after this. So I decided to switch it off, and back on again.

Nothing, no sound, no lights, nothing. I tried removing the lens and the sd card and attempting to switch it on like that, no luck. I tried inserting and removing and re-inserting the battery, but no luck again. I went home, charged the battery overnight, and inserted in the morning. No luck either.

So I went into a camera store, they inserted a new battery to test, no luck. They inserted my battery into another camera, and that camera switched on, so definitely not the battery.

At this point it is most likely that sending the camera for repair would be a silly idea seeing that it would cost more than the camera is worth. So, is it possible to potentially repair it myself, if anyone has any idea where the problem may be? I mean, if I wreck the camera while trying to fix it there is no problem because its a sitting stone as it stands right now (useless).

Any ideas on what could have broke, if repairable, and how to do so?

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    "I have an old Olympus OMD 5 Mark I that was in perfect condition." There, I fixed it for you.
    – Michael C
    Oct 15 '19 at 8:22
  • @MichaelC Thanks, I guess 🤷🏾‍♂️
    – pnizzle
    Oct 15 '19 at 8:23
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    First thing I would check is if there is a "memory battery", and if it is user (or hacker) replaceable. If the problem is in software at all, disconnecting that could help reset it hard. Does connecting to a PC via USB do anything at all? Next step: Try to get a schematic, verify power rails are within spec, and whether oscillators oscillate..... Oct 15 '19 at 16:02
  • @rackandboneman I have ordered a usb cable online that fits the camera. Am waiting for its arrival, then I will test the connect to computer through usb option and get back to you.
    – pnizzle
    Oct 15 '19 at 23:19
  • Olympus cameras use a capacitor, not a battery. Did connecting to a PC help @pnizzle?
    – wilkgr
    Jun 19 '20 at 2:00

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