life span of a camera

Started Jan 16, 2009 | Discussions thread
Dennis Forum Pro • Posts: 17,813
Re: life span of a camera

Using 100,000 instead of 1,000,000, you get 28 shots per day every day for 10 years. A pro may burn through that in no time; some enthusiasts might, too. I probably average in that neighborhood, but it's more like a couple hundred shots once a week, some weeks more than others, etc.

I figure if I get 3 years out of a DSLR I'm "content" (not happy), 5 years and I'm happy. (Note: I'm not talking about pro level cameras, not even A900). And I'm assuming something else will die on it before the shutter does. By then, I'll be looking at an out of warranty repair bill of probably $200-300 to own an aging camera versus $1000 for something bright, shiny & new. By 3 years, there's a good chance I'll be looking at upgrades anyway, and by 5 years, itching for one. Beyond 5 years I might be "getting careless" with the darned thing in hopes of an "accident" ! (If my wife is reading: just kidding dear).

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