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How Long Can Digital Last?  
User currently offlineAndrej From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 991 posts, RR: 0
Posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 2878 times:

Hello all,

I am wondering on durability of digital cameras. I am using Canon T70, which is 20 years old, and until this date I had no problems with it. Now, mind you I am not profesional photographer and I use my camera often, usually outside, with good lighting conditions. I have couple of friends who have cameras that are 30+ year old, and they still go strong.

Now, this had me wondering if digital cameras, (such as Nikkon D100,D70, Canon 300D, 10D, D60, etc.) can last for 15+ years without any difficulties. If owner takes good care of his/hers camera.

Thank you for yours help,
Andrej

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User currently offlineMauriceB From Netherlands, joined Aug 2004, 2490 posts, RR: 25
Reply 1, posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 2851 times:

we can't tell since no digital camera already reached the 15+  Wink/being sarcastic

but i think it all depends on how you take care of youre camera....


User currently offline2912n From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 2013 posts, RR: 8
Reply 2, posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 2838 times:

Quality wise I believe that with basic maintenance they will last. More the issue with digital is the rapid pace of the technology. Obviously the camera will be "obsolete" (in terms of current technology available) very quickly.

I still have my Dad's old Adams 35mm range finder camera. Dates from the late 50's. Totally mechanical, no batteries needed and it still works fine. Technically it is totally outdated, but it still works. Will my kid have my 10D 40 years from now?


User currently offlineINNflight From Switzerland, joined Apr 2004, 3766 posts, RR: 60
Reply 3, posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 2815 times:

I think the cameras can last that long, of course...
Just think about digital cameras in 5 years, they will be amazing, not to mention what "tools" we will get in 10 or more years  Insane


regards, Florian



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User currently offlineAndersNilsson From Sweden, joined May 2004, 417 posts, RR: 16
Reply 4, posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 2784 times:

Digital cameras can probably be used for very long time. One of the problems with digital cameras is they get outdated very fast. New professional film cameras used to arrive every five years but new professional digital cameras
arrive more often and get more and more megapixels and speed.

Anders



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User currently offlineOly720man From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 6758 posts, RR: 11
Reply 5, posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 2739 times:

I'd expect the life of the camera will be dictated by the durability of the CCD since that's probably the weakest part of the camera.

At this rate of progress, mobile phones will have 1MP video cameras installed in the not too distant future. Carrying the screen around to see the images might be a bit awkward though  Smile/happy/getting dizzy



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User currently offlineBlackbird1331 From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 1893 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 2729 times:

Treat it like the airlines do with aircraft. Treat it with respect, use it until it drops, and then buy the newest technology.


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User currently offlineHisham From Lebanon, joined Aug 1999, 701 posts, RR: 11
Reply 7, posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 2729 times:

I'd expect the life of the camera will be dictated by the durability of the CCD since that's probably the weakest part of the camera

What exactly happens to the CCD with time?

Hisham.


User currently offlineCkw From UK - England, joined Aug 2010, 744 posts, RR: 16
Reply 8, posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 2720 times:

I've not seen anything to indicate the sensor's deteriorate over time, and as there's no moving parts, I don't see why this shouldn't last. I do believe LCD panels can deteriorate over time, but this can be replaced.

The biggest problem is most DSLRs simply get used more than their film counterparts - in my case by a factor of 10. And as the shutter is probably the most critical mechanical part, this usage will mean aging is accelerated.

When I bought a D30, I read that Canon tested the shutter for 30K actuations. I thought "well, that will last a while". Turns out I shot 30k frames in just over a year. Last July alone I shot 10k frames. Eventually most shutters will wear out, and the elapsed time before this happens is going to be shorter than for a more lightly used film camera.

Couple this to the rapid devaluation of old models, and the effective lifespan of a DSLR is going to be shorter than a film camera. Already I suspect it must be close to uneconomic to replace a shutter on a D30 (ie. makes more sense to replace the camera). I figure on a working life of a well used DSLR to be, say 5 years.

Cheers,

Colin



Colin K. Work, Pixstel
User currently offlineRotor1 From Tajikistan, joined Mar 2003, 230 posts, RR: 3
Reply 9, posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 2698 times:

There are still loads of Nikon D1s running around these days, 5+ years into their existance. Hell, even the old Kodak bigbodies are still fetching good prices and there are plenty in working order, dating back to the early 90's. I'm sure that a CCD/CMOS sensor is no worse for wear than a motor drive or film handling mechanism. The shutter will be the death for any camera.

-Mike

BTW,

"Will my kid have my 10D 40 years from now?"

No, I will.



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User currently offlineCkw From UK - England, joined Aug 2010, 744 posts, RR: 16
Reply 10, posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 2681 times:

I think you need to consider the difference between a pro-spec Nikon D1 series or Canon 1D series with shutters tested to 100-200k actuations and "consumer models" tested to 30-50k actuations.

Cheers,

Colin



Colin K. Work, Pixstel
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