This problem occurred all of a sudden to my 2 year old E-PL5 and the replacement E-PL5 I bought also had the same issue after a few years.
Whenever I hit the shutter button, the screen gets stuck on black - seems like the curtain is stuck because normally there would be a 2-phase sound that represents the opening and closing of the curtain. Currently, it gets stuck on opening the curtain, and then the camera shuts down by itself after 2 seconds.
Have tried using all different modes - PASM/Auto etc, and it doesn't work. Video mode works fine, but when I try to take a snapshot within video mode, the same problem is exhibited.
Any idea what is the problem with the camera, how much it would cost to get it repaired by the official Olympus team, and whether it is possible to DIY the repair myself?
Seems to be a shutter problem to me, even though both cameras had less than 15k clicks. Checked on eBay but couldn't find the shutter mechanism for replacement.
would welcome advice on where and how to DIY.
Thank you so much!