Olympus OM-D E-M1 teardown shows how tough a camera it is on the inside


posted Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 1:59 PM EDT


One of the big selling points of the Olympus OM-D E-M1 (like the E-M5 before it) is its magnesium body and weather sealing, making it stronger and tougher than most competing mirrorless cameras out there. The E-M1 is dustproof, splashproof, and can be used down to 14°F (-10°C), with a magnesium alloy inner frame. But what exactly does the weather sealing and construction look like? The folks at ePhotoZine did a teardown of their E-M1 to find out.

As part of a weather sealing test, ePhotoZine cites the design as having 60 gasket rings for better protection, which allowed them to shoot in very damp conditions. On a similar note, Ming Thein left his E-M1 for ten minutes under a shower without ill effect (just make sure you have a suitably weatherproof lens).

Unfortunately, the teardown doesn't reveal an awful lot about the camera more than just showing its components all splayed out (hopefully someone like iFixit will do a more detailed job), but it is very cool to see what the insides of this rugged camera look like. The uncoated magnesium body in particular is mighty impressive.