WARNING: Stay away from Olympus!

Back in 2015 I was excited to get my new camera: Olympus OMD Em5II. The decade prior to that I used different Canon cameras and before that again, when I started photographing, I used an old Nikon film camera. If it’s one thing I regret when it comes to photography it’s my decision to change systems from Canon to Olympus.

You should be glad that Olympus has pro service (?), because you’ll definitely be going to need service if you get an Olympus.

You can safely say that my initial enthusiasm for Olympus has died. In the beginning I was happy to make the transition from Canon to Olympus. Well, perhaps died is not the correct word to use: I guess it’s more correct to say that Olympus succesfully killed my enthusiasm.

In these past 4 years since making the change, my Olympus camera has been to service 3 times. Can you guess how many times my Canon cameras needed service during the decade+ I used them? That’s right: not once.

  • The first time my Olympus needed service was in June/July 2017: The on/off button stopped working. The camera didn’t shut off, but kept draining the batteries until they were completely dead.
  • The second time my Olympus needed service was in July 2018: Same shit happened again. The on/off button stopped working. The camera didn’t shut off, but kept draining the batteries until they were completely dead.
  • The third time my Olympus needed service was in May 2019: I opened the screen on the back of the camera and it fell off.

Yesterday when I went and got my camera back from service, the Olympus factory (the shop has to ship the camera from Oslo to an Olympus factory in Germany or something, so the process of getting the camera fixed takes several weeks) also sent me a pamphlet together with the camera. The pamphlet contained information on how to properly use the screen on the back of the camera.
I told the guys at Scandinavian Photo here in Oslo: perhaps someone from Canon or Nikon should send Olympus some information on how to make quality cameras?

Other problems with Olympus:
– Make sure to carry enough batteries, because they don’t last long.
– Save your favorite settings, because they’ll be reset to factory settings every time you have to deliver your camera for repair.

My initial enthusiasm for Olympus:


5 thoughts on “WARNING: Stay away from Olympus!

  1. My sympathies. I had a Nikon D5600 for a short while. Nothing wrong with it except that the viewfinder was small. I bought a Fuji camera – huge viewfinder. I asked some wildlife photographers how the cameras held up, and they say they do OK as any other brand. I asked a camera rental company the same thing and they said the same thing. And yet – when I pick up the camera it seems more fragile than the Nikons I have had. Time will tell but I just hope it is not when I am miles from home with the best-looking animals staring back at the lens wondering why the photographer isn’t photographing them.

    • The first time my Olympus died was when I was on vacation. The second time was right before I was going on vacation. The third time when I was going to film at a concert. Luckily the concert was in my neighborhood, so I ran back home to get another camera.

      I hope your Fuji camera will prove itself to be better than my Olympus! (that shouldn’t be to much to ask of a camera really).

  2. Oh dear. So sorry to hear his experience you had with Olympus. Failed you on so many occasions D: I started out with a Canon Powershot and it lasted me so many years and though small, took decent photos. Then when I decided to upgrade I chose a Fuji mirrorless and a couple of Fuji lenses. I found the system hard to navigate and missed the crispness of Canon’s images. After a few years I sold the Fuji and lenses and transitioned back to Canon. No regrets. Like you, never had to service any of my Canon cameras and they rise up to the occasion.

  3. I recently had to get a new camera body. I had a Canon and ultimately decided to stick with Canon because I had lenses for it and I was familiar with the layout.
    What happened to you is really annoying, I can’t believe they sent you a pamphlet on proper use, that would have made me so mad! Nothing like saying, it’s not us it’s you!

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