What will happen to Olympus now??

Started Oct 20, 2013 | Discussions thread
erichK Veteran Member • Posts: 5,849
Re: The point is...

bobn2 wrote:

erichK wrote:

...that it is probably not possible to build a FF-sensored camera to the same spec as a FT-sensored one at anything like the same price point. Weather sealing, shock-proofing, temperature tolerance all requires more expensive materials, fit and finish.

There ain't no free lunch!

The bodies of both are magnesium alloy. Are you proposing that the Olympus magnesium is more expensive than the Sony?

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I shou8ld have explained myself further. The cost of a much larger area FF sensor with more than twice as many pixels may not be as high as it once was, but the rejection rate (because of defects ) is necessarily much higher and therefore still makes it considerably more expensive than a FT sensor. The more than double amount of data also requires more bandwith and processing power, another smaller but inevitably higher cost.

These higher costs necessitate savings in the other areas I mentioned.  Of course it is not the magnesium itself, but molding and machining it - especially to the degree that makes moisture- proofing possible that tend t raise the price.  Shock-proofing requires damping materials and mechanisms, as well as durable, well-fitted components. (Low) temperature tolerance also requires materials, bearings and lubricants that are more expensive and often more difficult to apply, machine or assemble.

So although Sony has some OEM/in-house advantages, it remains unlikely that they could produce the same level of FF camera body for the same price as Olympus' EM-1 FT's body.

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