What's all this talk about plastic bodies?

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Auf Reisen Contributing Member • Posts: 635
What's all this talk about plastic bodies?

So, there is a lot of talk about the EM-5-III being "plasticky". I think this rumour got started when 43rumors reported some hearsay about some photographer saying that the body feels more plasticky.

The spec set for the EM-5 III says magnesium alloy. The top plate seems to be made of polycarbonate - but so was the top-plate of the EM 5 II, as you can clearly see here:

(via Robin Wong)

In fact, almost all modern cameras seem to have a top-plate out of some kind of polycarbonate. See, eg. here:

Or here:

The only exception I am aware of seems to be the EM-10 II, which has some combination of metal and polycarbonate on the top plate. The pseudo-prism is "plastic", the actual top plate is metal, and the surroundings of the top plate are polycarbonate again.

I absolutely agree that metal feels nicer and definitely looks nicer when scratches eventually happen but it doesn't look there are actually any cameras on the market right now that actually have a fully metal top plate.

So overall, this seems to be a well-placed BS campaign which is readily picked up by the trolls who are grasping for straws to have something to complain about.

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