July 14, 2010 22:42 by Ty
Technology is always advancing with faster processors, more memory capacity, and longer lasting batteries, giving the consumer a portable electronic device that is at it's peak innovation. Digital cameras will always fall in this category as the megapixel size will always increase every time we run to the electronics store to check out what's the latest and greatest digital camera out there. If we rewind all the way back to the first digital camera aimed at photojournalists in 1991, we would see the release of the Kodak digital camera system DCS 100 that was equipped with a 1.3 megapixel sensor using a Nikon F3 camera. In 1994, the Apple QuickTake 100 camera was one of the first digital cameras to connect to a PC via serial cable available to the consumer market. The Kodak DC40 and Casio QV-11 followed in 1995, and Sony Cyber-Shot Digital Still camera in 1996. So, back to the question of how long do digital cameras last?
Picture of the Kodak DCS 100 with the Nikon F3 Camera 1991:
Digital cameras can last a very long time if they are taken care of properly. It is not unheard of to get 5 or more years use out of your digital camera. After 3-5 years, the batteries will have trouble holding a charge. Many people will purchase a replacement digital camera battery to get the full camera use out of one charge. While others will store or sell old digital cameras because there are faster, higher resolution, higher capacity, and improved digital camera designs with limitless photo options available at such bargain prices. Most digital cameras come with a lithium-Ion battery and can be discharged / recharged 300-500 times over a lifespan of 3-5 or more years. Some digital cameras take disposable AA batteries and can use rechargeable AA Ni-MH or Li-ion batteries that can last just as long. Digital cameras are very fragile and should be put in a storage case after each use. Digital cameras do not like to get wet with spilled soda or left in direct sunlight. Your digital camera will last a very long time if it is well taken care of for each use.
Some people like to have the latest and greatest digital camera. Every few months new digital cameras are released and can become expensive to buy a new camera after every release. Some of the latest digital cameras are the Sony Cybershot DSC-W370, Canon PowerShot A3100 IS, Kodak Slice, Olympus SP-800UZ, Samsung NX-10 and many more brands that look absolutely amazing. Many of these cameras are exceeding 13-14 megapixels with incredible image quality and high speed picture snaps. Not to mention how cool the new digital cameras look with their giant LCD touchscreen features and slim cases. It's probably safe to say a new digital camera purchase should last you 3-5 years before replacing it with something new on the market.
New 2010 Digital Cameras: