Why is an OM-D better than a Pentax K-5?

Started May 9, 2012 | Discussions thread
Jeff Tokayer Veteran Member • Posts: 6,287
Re: A parameter called build quality

PerL wrote:

Ben3D wrote:

Wow, that combo makes it only twice as heavy as that E-M5 setup.

Yes, you are right that the K5 is heavy for its size - about 250 g more than other compact DSLRs. It is because the amount of steel and magnesium that give it a pro level build. The OM-D with its built in EVF is 30 g heavier than a consumer E-P3, which is metal plate over a plastic chassis I believe.

Magnesium alloy keeps the camera light, while making it stronger. Rubber seals don't weigh much, but keep moisture out. No comparison to the E-P3.

I have a lot of respect for the K-5 and Pentax as a brand, but I believe that the 10 years old Olympus 4/3 vision is now mature. Pentax's Q product will vanish, just like the 110 SLR dream.
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