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Why magnesium alloy????

Started Apr 19, 2013 | Discussions thread
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Re: Why magnesium alloy????
In reply to Lance B, Apr 20, 2013

I recently dropped my Panasonic LX7 about 3 feet while in a padded case, and it sustained a dent in the metal body.  The drop was so minor I didn't even bother to check the camera out till the next day, assuming such a minor tumble would not have hurt the camera, especially in a case.  But low and behold my "premium" metal bodied compact is now scarred but still working fine.

I'm fairly positive a plastic bodied camera would have survived unscathed, based on tumbles previous plastic devices have taken.  While the LX7 is a far cry from a 1 series in build quality, don't assume a metal body equals great durability.  That metal body may look nice and add to the luxury appeal of the device, it's not exactly tough.

The thick magnesium alloy on a one series is totally different than what's on the LX7, but in short don't always equate metal with bulletproof construction.

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