The Panasonic GH5's sensor is suspended in a magnetic field when in use, allowing it to move on 5-axis to stabilise the image.

However when not in use it is completely loose and flops around in its space (it can move around by a good 3-4mm in all directions) and it can clearly be heard and felt knocking around, presumably it has some sort of rubber buffers around it.

However in the long term, being carried in a camera bag, rucksack, handbag, neck-strap etc etc... Is it likely to suffer any actual physical damage? Is the flexible cable to it likely to degrade in time?

I am fully aware that they are built like this, and have of course been thoroughly tested, but sometimes there are unforeseen issues later in the life of products.

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    \$\begingroup\$ I can see a similarity, but its not really the same question, I am concerned with long term durability, I'm not asking "is this normal" \$\endgroup\$ Commented Feb 15, 2018 at 17:01
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    \$\begingroup\$ How can a question about long-term durability be answered regarding a recently introduced product? \$\endgroup\$
    – Michael C
    Commented Feb 15, 2018 at 20:11
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    \$\begingroup\$ The distinction you make is fairly fine. I suppose it be distinguishing enough. However, similar to Michael's point, all of your questions (including the question in the title) ask about the likelihood of failure. Lacking MTBF statistics (which manufacturers are loathe to answer outside of special cases, or lawsuits, etc.), I'm not sure that likelihood of damage/failure/degradation is answerable, other than speculation or opinion. \$\endgroup\$
    – scottbb
    Commented Feb 16, 2018 at 3:24


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