Don’t go doing anything too dangerous with that new Pen E-PL7 as the company has just announced it will stop adding worldwide warranty support for its new digital cameras and accessories. While every piece of Olympus camera equipment has come with a worldwide warranty card since April 2014, now these globetrotting service packages will be reserved for a smaller set of products.
All Micro Four Thirds and compact cameras shipping out after September 2014 will now come with a local warranty card. Under the new policy users will have to take their camera to a participating repair or service center within the country it was purchased.
Considering the wait time for camera repairs usually can take up to weeks it should not be too much of a detriment for photographers traveling with their camera. The new policy change should only really affect users who have permanently moved to another country since purchasing their Olympus gear.
As for owners of older Olympus camera equipment, your worldwide warranties will still be valid. Users will still be able to bring in their gear for repairs as long as the damaged or faulty equipment still meets the warranty repair conditions. Olympus argues it had to make the policy change due to all the different law regulations and repair facility infrastructures within each individual country.