Last Camera Syndrome for smaller-sensor DSLRs?

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Doug Pardee
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Last Camera Syndrome for smaller-sensor DSLRs?
Mar 21, 2013

Thom Hogan has written about what he calls Last Camera Syndrome: "What's happening now is we're seeing a lot of DSLR users who think they're on their last update cycle" — they expect their current camera body to last them 10 years or so.

Hogan, of course, writes primarily from a Nikon perspective. Which is interesting, because Nikon's D5200 and D7100 are among the most upgraded smaller-sensor DSLR offerings of the past few years. Perhaps Hogan is looking at those two models as being the Last Camera for a number of Nikon users.

Today's Canon announcements suggest that Canon had quit expecting its APS-C DSLR owners to upgrade — at least within the owner's current product tier — a few years ago.

  • The 7D is almost four years old.
  • The 60D is almost three years old.
  • The new 700D has virtually zero upgrade value, live view of creative filters being the only operational change.
  • The 1100D is two years old.

If DSLR owners start holding onto their cameras instead of upgrading, sales are going to drop quite a bit. Maybe precipitously. The used-camera market will start to cut into sales of new units, too.

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