As someone enjoying analogue photography and having experience with a Minolta XG-1, I was curious to get my hands on an XG-M as a secondary camera. As far as I know, the camera has been stored without batteries for at least fifteen years.
However, when inserting fresh batteries (2x 1.5V alkaline as stated in the manual), I noticed that when I switched the camera on, the shutter would release. Thinking that may have been a coincidence, I pulled the film advance lever only to notice that once I let go of it, the shutter would release once again.
The battery check as described in the manual works as it should, the red light next to the lens lights up when I press the button. When having the camera set to "A" mode, the light meter shows readings which indeed look correct to me. This phenomenon occurs with the film speed set to ASA 100 as well as 400 (the only settings I have tested so far) and any exposure mode.
Note that I did not have any film inserted because I wanted to get to know the camera first, gladly.
Having checked the internet before posting, I only came across entries seeking solutions to stuck shutters or stuck film advance mechanisms. Thus, I ask here.
Is there anything, apart from consulting professional repair, I could do? Could this be linked to faulty capacitors often given as a reason for electronics malfunctions in this series of cameras?