Camera durability and longevity?

8 months 4 weeks ago #656941 by Liem Stailey
Just a completely random question.  When you use an iPhone, it seems every 3-4 years, it starts to fail and needs replacement.  A TV, might last you 8-10 years before you start seeing funny business with colors or sound acting up.  

Film cameras seem to have lasted long because there wasn't electronics in them, or much of them. 

What about todays cameras, how long realistically can we expect these to operate?  


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8 months 4 weeks ago #656943 by Ozzie_Traveller
G'day Liem

Very good Q there matey :)

My first digital was a Fuji S5000 superzoom - it went for 7 or 8 years until the on-off switch started to play up. Along the way it shot over 95,000 images and that part of the camera was still going strong ...

All the follow-on digital cameras I have owned [not all than many but it sounds a lot] have been passed on to beginners at about the 5-yrear mark, so I have no other direct knowledge

Hope this helps
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8 months 4 weeks ago #656949 by Liem Stailey
Thank you, and I thought it might have been a left field question.  Now if I read correctly, many camera sensors are rated for upwards of 200,000 images.  Right? 


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8 months 4 weeks ago #656951 by Nikon Shooter
In the case of DSLR, the shutter count is the main parameter
and not the sensor. On most it is closer to 300 k+.

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8 months 4 weeks ago #656953 by Shadowfixer1
My first digital camera was a Minolta Dimage 7 in 2002. I still have it and it works just like it did when new. It makes a good image at ISO 100. It will shoot RAW but it takes about 30 seconds to write a RAW file to the CF card so I always shoot jpg with it. I mostly use it for infrared images the last few years. Every digital camera I have owned still works. I don't own them all but I know the people that bought my old ones and they still work and are in use. 

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8 months 4 weeks ago #656956 by Liem Stailey

Shadowfixer1 wrote: My first digital camera was a Minolta Dimage 7 in 2002. I still have it and it works just like it did when new. It makes a good image at ISO 100. It will shoot RAW but it takes about 30 seconds to write a RAW file to the CF card so I always shoot jpg with it. I mostly use it for infrared images the last few years. Every digital camera I have owned still works. I don't own them all but I know the people that bought my old ones and they still work and are in use. 


Holy smokes!  What are the specs of that beast? 


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8 months 4 weeks ago #656993 by garyrhook

Liem Stailey wrote: Just a completely random question.  When you use an iPhone, it seems every 3-4 years, it starts to fail and needs replacement.  A TV, might last you 8-10 years before you start seeing funny business with colors or sound acting up.  


Define "fail"? My iPhone 6 got replaced because of OS updates. It was in very good condition, and functioned perfectly. I'll disagree that they start to arbitrarily fail after 3-4 years.

I still have my first LED television, maybe 15 years old now? Older tube TVs had issues with components failing due to heat. Much less of a problem with newer devices.

Electronics can fail, often due to a capacitor blowing out. Aside from the failure of an electronic component, though, they don't. In DSLRs, as stated, the shutter is the failure point, and it can be replaced. If you take care of things, they can last a long time.


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8 months 3 weeks ago #657302 by Liem Stailey
Kind of thinking when something about the camera stops working that effects the camera from doing what it's supposed to. 


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8 months 3 weeks ago #657313 by Pettigrew
I have a Nikon D80 that works well still. I want to see that camera is at least 12 years old.

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8 months 3 weeks ago #657319 by effron
I'm still pounding on a D800, and D7100...both getting long in the tooth and still behaving like a new camera. A lot depends on how you care for them and some blind luck also pays a call......

Why so serious?
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8 months 3 weeks ago #657335 by Ozzie_Traveller

effron wrote: I'm still pounding on a D800, and D7100...both getting long in the tooth and still behaving like a new camera. A lot depends on how you care for them and some blind luck also pays a call......

G'day matey

As I mentioned above - a small and "insignificant" thing like the 'on/off' switch started to get wonky and the rest of the camera just became unusable

Phil


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8 months 3 weeks ago #657390 by Otto F
So what typically fails on a camera as time gets up there?


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8 months 3 weeks ago #657474 by Ozzie_Traveller
G'day Otto

I suspect it's similar to your motor car ... the engine gets a bit worn out or the gearbox gets noisy or the aircon starts to squeak or a water leak or rust gets to be a problem - and so it goes on & on

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8 months 2 weeks ago #658206 by Tim Dordeck
Shutter or anything mechanical 


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8 months 2 weeks ago #658386 by ThatNikonGuy
I have a Nikon D80 that has over 270,000 shots on it as of a few months ago.  Still works.  


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