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OM-D build quality

Just got my shiny new OM-D from a very nice guy here on the forum. First of all: What a great camera! What a joy to use!

But the build quality...oh boy it's all plastic, when compared to my old E-P2. Gone are the metal top and bottom plates (and also sides as it were...). I can see that the camera is much lighter that way, but it also feels rather flimsy. What's your experience with long-term durability in comparison to other PEN models?

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Re: OM-D build quality

OK in terms of operation but the paint is already wearing off on the metal bits, especially the flash hot shoe.

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Re: OM-D build quality

Not sure about the Its all plastic" comment as its specified as

"A lightweight magnesium alloy body that is enhanced with the same dustproof and splashproof durability of the Olympus E-5 DSLR"

As to my experience with durabilty. Mine is 10+ months old, I've shot over 32,000 frames in all sorts of weather and environmental conditions (including a lot of sandy, salty water sport shooting) and its never given me a moments concern

Yes, there is a little bit of black paint rub on some of the high spots but not enough to notice unless I look for it.

It sits in a small Lowerpro Nova 180 bag with a collection of 4 lenses + other odds and sods and is treated like it is - a tool

Can't compare it to other Oly bodies but it stacks up well against my canon 5Dmk2 and 7D for robustness (against my use anyway)

So - no worries for me
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Re: OM-D build quality

As Brian says it's very definitely made of magnesium alloy (for strength and lightness) including the top and bottom plates. If you have the all black version what you are seeing is the paint finish.

I've had mine for a year now and no problems whatsoever. Some people like David have had paint wear but not everyone.

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Re: OM-D build quality

I have had mine coming up to a year and it has been brill :-)
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Re: OM-D build quality

Well I know I live near Peckham, Brixton and Camberwell but the metal was still there when it left me
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Re: OM-D build quality

I've had mine for over a year - it was one of the first in the country, I believe - and it still feels solid as a rock, and actually quite hefty for its size. Just like a well-filled crab should feel. It's performed faultlessly, and the only paint wearing off is where one of my metal strap clips has rubbed. And then only a tiny bit. No problems with cracked bezels either. I wouldn't hesitate to buy another.
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Re: OM-D build quality

Mine is over a year old - one user before me, survived a trip through France, Royal Mail postage and my two kids and still looks brand new. It's the best camera I've ever owned.
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apart from a LCD trim crack not covered by the recall I have no problems,
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Re: OM-D build quality

Thanks for all the comments, that's really reassuring. As stated earlier it's just an amazing piece of technology!
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Re: OM-D build quality

A quick ask on build quality I have been through Heathrow T3 a few times recently and they had a black OMD in there and the cover/cap of the rear control dial was missing - went through again this week and they now have a silver one as well and thats got the same cover missing?
I know cameras see a lot of abuse in these places but has any one experienced this in the wild?
From what I have seen of the new E-P5 it looks a better solution
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A quick ask on build quality I have been through Heathrow T3 a few times recently and they had a black OMD in there and the cover/cap of the rear control dial was missing - went through again this week and they now have a silver one as well and thats got the same cover missing?
I know cameras see a lot of abuse in these places but has any one experienced this in the wild?
From what I have seen of the new E-P5 it looks a better solution
Mine just has a plain knurled knob, no cover/cap.
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Re: OM-D build quality

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it isnt obvious that the wheel has a cap until you see it missing
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Re: OM-D build quality

nothing has gone missing from mine and its seen a lot of "The Wild" knocking about the countryside and on the beaches
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Re: OM-D build quality

I have two E-M5 bodies in all black finish, carried around in a shoulder bag with 6 lenses and they are all keeping very well with no blemishes or scuffs. I usually use them for wildlife stuff with both slung around my neck together with Leica binoculars, so they get a fairly hard life!
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