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

Started Aug 29, 2012 | Discussions thread
tbcass Forum Pro • Posts: 39,227
Re: Metal cameras vs. Plastic cameras

Jared Huntr wrote:

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

No, modern plastics can be just as or more rigid than metal and plastic bodied cameras have metal frames and mounts to support lenses

  • 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.

Metal is a better heat conductor but I have never read anywhere that plastic cameras over heat more than metal ones.

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