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shutter life

Discussion in 'Panasonic Cameras' started by wzfoto, Jul 19, 2012.

  1. wzfoto

    wzfoto Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 8, 2012
    Is the shutter life expectancy for the gf series (in particular gf2 and gf3) published anywhere?
  2. jyc860923

    jyc860923 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Feb 28, 2012
    Shenyang, China
    I don't think so but here in this forum we have got a page some time ago of discussing our shutter counts, I'm now getting close to 8k, and I don't think there'll be anything wrong before 25k.

    still no reports on m43 shutter death yet imo.
  3. pheaukus

    pheaukus Mu-43 Regular

    Jun 22, 2012
    Shutter count thread

    From what I read one might expect anywhere from 25000-75000,
    I got 2600 in four weeks, have to slow down :eek: 
  4. dhazeghi

    dhazeghi Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 6, 2010
    San Jose, CA
    Panasonic hasn't published any official numbers. That said, the vast majority of people replace their cameras long before the shutter becomes an issue. Unless you're planning on putting huge numbers of actuations on the camera (more than 100k), I wouldn't worry.

  5. MajorMagee

    MajorMagee Mu-43 All-Pro

    Feb 24, 2011
    Dayton, OH
    It probably matters most to people shopping for used equipment. I'll use the car analogy, if we expect 100,000 miles as the typical life and a used car has 12,000 on it we're happy to pay more for it, 85,000 not so much. If you don't know what to expect from a camera you don't know how to peg the current value. Is a camera with 8K clicks on it still going strong, or almost dead?
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  6. wzfoto

    wzfoto Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 8, 2012
    I am thinking about using it for some time lapse videos, which is why I am curious about the shutter life.
  7. pheaukus

    pheaukus Mu-43 Regular

    Jun 22, 2012
    At 25FPS, for half an hour of time-lapse video, you will have made 45000 shots. So, per half hour of time-lapse video you may need a new camera.

    My advice: buy an used Canon compact and install CHDK to create a super-configurable semi-disposable time-lapse device.
  8. troll

    troll Mu-43 Veteran

    Jan 25, 2012
    Time-lapse aren't shot at 25 fps, it's usually one shot in a second at most, and in majority of cases even less often, like one shot in a minute. Not to mention that there are no affordable still cameras out there that can shoot 25 frames per second.
  9. pheaukus

    pheaukus Mu-43 Regular

    Jun 22, 2012
    I mean FPS in the resulting video. For fluent video you need 25FPS. For half an hour of fluent video you need that many shots.

    Even if we intend to produce just 1 minute of video at 5 FPS we need 300 frames. That already is in the order of magnitude of 1% of shutter life expectancy.

    / And we're not even talking HDR time-lapse
    // If your camera body cost 400 bucks, each still shot costs one cent. That's a quarter per second of 25FPS time-lapse video.
  10. micz87

    micz87 Mu-43 Regular

    May 8, 2012
    I think it will be about 100k as this is ordinary number nowdays. I think that shuttercount is not a problem - faster You will change camera than see Your shutter death ;) 
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  11. pheaukus

    pheaukus Mu-43 Regular

    Jun 22, 2012
    I dearly hope so! :smile:
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