What's with the sudden weather-sealing craze ?

Started Nov 9, 2012 | Discussions thread
Corkcampbell
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Weather-sealing is an industry trend.
In reply to amvrvd, Nov 9, 2012

And so all camera systems must provide it, at least in the higher-end models. I certainly don't see a problem with that. I don't know what costs are added to the finished product - another poster mentioned 10% but without reference - but it will be expected by those buying what they perceive as quality products. The particular user's actual need for weather-sealing has little to do with it; it's the perception of the product, from a marketing standpoint.

As for trying to make m4/3 cheaper...photography is not a cheap hobby and I doubt that price makes a big difference for those buying m4/3 compared to portability, etc. It certainly doesn't to me - I paid almost as much for my OM-D as for my Sony A77 (also weather-sealed).

Anyone thinking that lower costs will always increase the market share of a product has somehow missed the example set by Apple, among others.

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