Nikon V1 vs. Sony RX100 ...thoughts and sample photos

Started Aug 29, 2012 | Discussions thread
Jared Huntr Senior Member • Posts: 2,030
Re: Metal cameras vs. Plastic cameras

tbcass wrote:

smallcams wrote:

A lot of people equate metals with quality, but I think cutting-edge, high density plastics would perform better for cameras. What's the advantage of metal cameras besides the emotional response?

I agree. A metal body on a camera is there largely for aesthetic reasons to make the camera seem more "solid".

When you move away from point and shoots, there are practical reasons:

  • the front of a small camera needs to be strong and rigid to support removeable lenses, especially when you start attaching APS-C lenses onto a mirrorless. It also needs to maintain a rigid "sensor box" to ensure accurate registration of the image on the sensor

  • metal is a good heat sink. With small camera pushing so much RAW data and HD video processing, it is not inconceivable that they would overheat if metal was not used to conduct the temps away

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