What is causing this white-out with my camera?

by Loop Space   Last Updated May 27, 2018 21:18 PM

Camera: Olympus Pen E-PL1, nearly 8 years old (wikipedia).

I have two lenses, 40-150mm (amazon) and 14-42mm (amazon). I change between them frequently, but am careful when I do so.

It's recently started playing up. What can happen is this: the image shows fine on the screen (this model has no viewfinder) but when taken, it is incorrectly exposed by a large amount, usually over-exposed. Here are two images taken today:

Over exposed image

Normal image

According to the meta-data, both of these images have the same settings (they were actually taken as part of a "burst", but the exposure issue can occur regardless of that):

Top Image:
Flash used : No (auto)
Focal length : 32.0mm
Exposure time: 0.017 s (1/60)
Aperture : f/5.0
ISO equiv. : 1600
Whitebalance : Auto
Metering Mode: center weight
Exposure : program (auto)
JPEG Quality : 75

Bottom Image:
Flash used : No (auto)
Focal length : 32.0mm
Exposure time: 0.017 s (1/60)
Aperture : f/5.0
ISO equiv. : 1600
Whitebalance : Auto
Metering Mode: center weight
Exposure : program (auto)
JPEG Quality : 75

Obviously, given the age of the camera, I'm aware of the possibility that this is its gentle way of telling me that it is time for it to retire to pasture. But I quite like the camera so I'm hoping that it's something like needing to clean the contacts between the camera and lens.



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