GF1 fails the sturdiness test...

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Sam Bennett
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GF1 fails the sturdiness test...
Nov 22, 2009

While on a walk in the woods with the GF1 at my side in my hip holster ( ), I reached down to take a photo only to discover that the shutter release button had fallen off at some point. I retraced my steps to try to find it, but no luck. It looks like the button would have been pretty easy to put back in (by pushing and twisting?) if I had found it, but being Fall... it was like finding a needle in a haystack. Hopefully Panasonic can just ship me the part.

I knew that wearing the GF1 on my hip was risky since the camera was likely not designed for that level of jostling, etc. but I'm kind of surprised that this was the thing that failed. Needless to say, from here on out I will be gaffer taping the button in place and hoping for a more "pro" level G Series camera with a bit more sturdiness and maybe a little weather sealing - looks like it would be pretty easy for water to get into the body cavity here - yikes!

For what it's worth, you can trigger the camera by inserting some sort of "plunger" through the hole in the middle, so I may work around this by fashioning my own release button.

If someone else with a GF1 can confirm that the button comes off by a "push and twist" methodology, I'd appreciate it! Would be curious to see if the E-P1 uses the same sort of design, or if this is one area in which it may be a bit more sturdy.

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