What will happen to Olympus now??

Started Oct 20, 2013 | Discussions thread
bobn2
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Re: What will happen to Olympus now??
In reply to bluevellet, Oct 20, 2013

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Mjankor wrote:

They are also substantially different in build.

How?

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The E-M1 has more of a "pro" build. Shutter life is longer, weather proofing extensive, the whole camera can be dropped, it can be roughed up, take years of abuse.

How do you know all this? How many years of abuse has any E-M1 taken?

All within limits of course, but it's clearly targetting the pro segment with its build. Oly is also sending a message to resilient 43 DSLR users that the E-M1 is a suitable replacement to their E1/E3/E5 which were "built like tanks".

The A7(r) is more... fragile.

In what way is it more fragile?

It looks quite substantial to me

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Are you implying a camera has to suffer years of abuse deep within corporate labs before being released to the public so it can warrant the "can take years of abuse" sticker?

Or months of really harsh abuse. This isn't rocket science (rockets only need to last a few minutes) - there are well understood methods for estimating the lifetime of mechanical assemblies. What surprises me is the number of people willing to say 'this is tougher than that' with zero evidence to support what they say.

I haven't personally handled an A7, but we already have plenty of hands-on from people who handled both (it and the E-M1) since there's an interest in how these cameras compare. The Camera Store review video was also quite revealing in the Sony's weather sealing limitations.

Link please. How did they test the weather sealing of the cameras?

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bnvgceTEV3c

There are no videos of A7(r) being put through some real weather sealing tests, not yet anyway, Sony only claims it is weather-sealed, with no real details (no rain, freeze or shock proof like the E-M1)

The E-M1 makes no substantive claims of rain or shock proof (they just say it is, without saying how much rain or shock it is proof against) - and the video has no test about weather sealing - the only thing they say is there isn't a rubber seal on the card door, only a 'dovetail', which is technically a labyrinth seal. That's the same as my E-1, which actually has an IPX rating. So I think that you can take that bit with a pinch of salt untill (and if) someone does a real test.

The Camera Store video is interesting because it shows the camera's weaknesses in its sealing

No it doesn't. It gives inexpert speculation about its construction. A labyrinth seal can protect perfectly well against rain.

and it might just be moisture and dust proof, not a camera you take out if it's raining cats and dogs or something. A more delicate camera.

No evidence at all that it is more delicate. Just wishful interpretation of one video.

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