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09-13-2017, 06:59 AM   #1
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Compact cameras, dust and zooms

I've gotten dust in my LX100. I took it everywhere with no case, I don't blame the camera. I'm not gonna drop any more dough into repairs. Now, at some point I'd like to get another advanced compact. Am I safe from dust if I refrain from using the zoom and clean diligently? I'm convinced that compact zooms are expressways into sealed units. Thanks

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Kinda pointless to get a zoom that you are never going to use, isn't it?

Zooms do tend to suck in dust, but you are going to get dust in pretty much any non-sealed camera body. The Ricoh GR cameras have fixed length primes yet are notorious for allowing dust to enter.

If you are paying $600+ for a camera and don't need zoom, why not grab one of the small Panny 4/3 cameras (GX7/8) and pair it with one of their small inexpensive primes? Then you can simply blow off the sensor if any dust enters.

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QuoteOriginally posted by dcshooter Quote
If you are paying $600+ for a camera and don't need zoom, why not grab one of the small Panny 4/3 cameras (GX7/8) and pair it with one of their small inexpensive primes? Then you can simply blow off the sensor if any dust enters.
Good advice, what he said. Personally, I would rather miss the shot than operate in dusty conditions.
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QuoteOriginally posted by dcshooter Quote
...why not grab one of the small Panny 4/3 cameras (GX7/8) and pair it with one of their small inexpensive primes? Then you can simply blow off the sensor if any dust enters.
My Ricoh GR has a lot of dust spots. It was stored in a pouch and never operated in a very dusty environment. The simple action of turning the camera on draws air and dust into the camera. Most compact cameras have an extending lens and with that dust risks. I plan to open it for cleaning.

If my DIY cleaning goes poorly and wrecks the camera, my next compact will be a m4/3 body. Maybe Panasonic, maybe Olympus. I'll consult reviews when the time comes.

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Yeah. I've read a lot about the dust problem of the LX100, but I'm pretty convinced that it's every compact with a zoom. Off-topic: in terms of a pocket camera, I'm curious about the 1" Nikon mirrorless systems.
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