Silicon Skins for Micro 4/3 cameras

Discussion in 'Micro Four Thirds Forum' started by wolfie, Feb 13, 2011.

  1. wolfie

    wolfie SC Veteran

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    Sep 19, 2010
    It seems odd that a go-everywhere-with-you-all-the-time camera has no protective skin available for any of either O or P cameras (or Sony or Samsung ILCs). Or am I wrong?:confused:
    It cant be complexity, as the shape of the PEN and GF1/2 are such simple basic boxes unlike a DSLR, for which many have skins that are commonly sold for as little as 40.00 U$. What's going on?:mad:

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    I'm staying away from M43 until they either make WR body and lenses, or I can get some sort of protective cover that isn't a scuba diving shoe box.
     
  2. pdh

    pdh SC Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    mmmm yes I'd like one too ... though when I wanted to go out one evening in the pouring rain for a rare foray into street photography, I wrapped my E-P2 up in clingfilm with just the front element of the pancake lens uncovered!
     
  3. wolfie

    wolfie SC Veteran

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    Sep 19, 2010
    A weather-resistant cover is all

    is what I'm after. I did try the plastic wrap and tape on a Powershot G10 - and it died from water intrusion, so I'm keen to see a properly designed solution. With all the plastics and silicon materials available this should be a cheap, no-brainer product as I said above - even a complicated shape for a much larger DSLR skin for a nikon D7000 is 40.00.
    Now I'm googling how make silicon molds so maybe it'll have to be a home-made job for now.
    I am amazed that camera manufacturers seemed to have completely ignored this technology to protect their cameras - it is apparently cheap and easy - so why not offer skins as a standard accessory rather than silly things like bluetooth wi-fi modules?:tongue:
     
  4. bartjeej

    bartjeej SC Hall of Famer

    Nov 12, 2010
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    totally agree! I've been looking around for a decent form of protection that's smaller than an underwater housing (takes away the entire concept of a compact camera) but less clumsy (and more shock-resistant) than an aquapack or similar solution. They exist for small point & shoots, they exist for DSLRs, but not for serious fixed-lens compacts or mirrorless cameras. ¡No comprendo! :frown:
     
  5. wolfie

    wolfie SC Veteran

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    Sep 19, 2010
    Uber-water cover rather than Under-water

    With apologies to German-speaking viewers!
    I suppose another way to say it is a weather-proof cover -which should be so simple given modern technology (not even that modern - plastic and silicon been in consumer use for decades now). Some of the rain covers available are laughable when you consider that a silicon skin could the same job and virtually not increase the camera's size.
    The only justification I can think of is camera heat build up, especially with live-viewing LCDs, but that doesnt seem to be an issue for the DSLR covers available.
     
  6. Archiver

    Archiver SC Top Veteran S.C. Charter Member

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    Jul 11, 2010
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    None of the silicon skins I have seen will provide water resistance - they are more to protect the camera against scratches, light knocks and dirt. But even dirt can get in, as I found with my Fuji F30 skin. Dirt slowly made its way through the lens opening and accumulated underneath. Skins typically have holes for mode dials, mic holes, and other buttons or dials that need direct access, so water and dirt can get in there as well. I once took my F30 to the snow, and was horrified to see snowflakes melting on the lens barrel!

    Having said this, I would rather have a camera in a skin than not, especially if it had a nice shiny finish, or seemed fragile. I am still looking for a skin for my Canon S90, which would not doubt improve handling and grip immensely.
     
  7. wolfie

    wolfie SC Veteran

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    Sep 19, 2010
    Two part solution

    Hi Archiver,
    Yes a skin with openings will allow water, dust, sand intrusion, so the answers are:

    Make the skin to completely encapsulate with appropriate bits to allow button operation (cant see dials working under a skin).

    or

    with a semi-open skin, first the encapsulate the camera with a plastic film/bag and then stretch the skin over the top to hold it in place and as well as provide extra protection.
    I think the second option is more workable for a DIY approach, but still cant see why a manufacturer cannot do the encapsulating skin.

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