A bit of intel from Olympus tech support

Discussion in 'Micro Four Thirds Forum' started by Jock Elliott, Sep 14, 2016.

  1. Jock Elliott

    Jock Elliott SC All-Pro

    Jan 3, 2012
    Troy, NY
    Thank you for contacting Olympus Technical Support,

    NO. The E-M5 will not withstand total submersion no matter how brief.

    The camera will surely fail in submersed.

    The camera and lens are considered splash proof, However I feel that I need to tell you that the potential force that one could encounter in whitewater kayaking may even be a problem. The camera was not designed for that type of usage. It is designed for use in a light rain when there is no pressure or force behind the water.

    Best Regards
    Olympus Technical Support
    Olympus America Inc.
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  2. tonyturley

    tonyturley SC Veteran

    Nov 24, 2014
    Scott Depot, WV, USA
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    LOL . . . I think I would be hesitant in carrying a camera as nice as an E-M5 on a kayak, even in a dry bag. Didn't work out too well for me when I tried it with an A7.
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  3. Covey22

    Covey22 SC Top Veteran

    Feb 3, 2012
    Definitely a time for a waterproof small compact.
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  4. kyteflyer

    kyteflyer ~@¿@~

    Jan 31, 2011
    Newcastle, Australia
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    If I was kayaking, I would be taking one of the Tough varieties. OK, not really a "serious" compact, but serious enough if you are that way inclined. Otherwise, the waterproof Nikon AW1

    Then again, I will never be kayaking.
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  5. Biro

    Biro SC All-Pro

    Aug 7, 2011
    Jersey Shore
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    Yeah, if I were going kayaking, my Olympus TG-4 would be my choice. If you don't want to spend that much money for a single trip, try one of Oly's lesser Tough models. Oly's has some refurbished TG-3's and TG-870's on their site:

    Reconditioned Cameras - Outlet | Olympus

    Still too much? Check Amazon and eBay for leftover or refurbed Fuji XP-80's and XP-70's. This is for anyone else reading. Jock, you already know all this. :)
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