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Old Apr 3, 2010, 10:05 AM   #1
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Digital Camera Failure Rates:

Panasonic found to be the most reliable manufacturer of Point-and-shoot Cameras

https://www.squaretrade.com/htm/pdf/...lure_study.pdf
SquareTrade analyzed three year failure rates for over 60,000 new Digital Cameras.

"Panasonic takes the cake, being the only manufacturer to have a failure rate below 6%."

Interesting that in the $300-$500 range (i.e. FZ’s) Panasonic is again the most reliable:
“With less than 2% of Premium Point-and-shoot cameras malfunctioning within two years.
This is quite impressive as it beats even the average reliability of DSLRs”.
As for who the worst Premium manufacturer is: “Canon’s Premium Point-and-shoot cameras
were the least reliable amongst the 5 brands and showed little improvement over the reliability
of their value cameras (6.2% malfunction rate for Premium and 6.4% for Value cameras)”.

"Of the brands we examined, Panasonic is the clear leader in digital camera reliability.
They are the only manufacturer to have less than a 6% failure rate for sub-$300 models,
and they achieved a less than 2% failure rate for $300-500 models, much better than the
other brands we looked at".

So it's official .... you've chosen well

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Old Apr 3, 2010, 10:32 AM   #2
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Just dropped my FZ35 on concrete yesterday and it still works like a champ....
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Thanks for posting, dbnnet-

That is very good news and it should give some confidence to Panasonic camera users.

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Old Apr 3, 2010, 2:27 PM   #4
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Panasonic FZ35 rocks!!!!!!!
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Old Apr 3, 2010, 2:42 PM   #5
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Those Square Trade "surveys" are virtually useless as they are nowhere near a fair sampling of all products out there. The laptop reliability survey they did was complete garbage and not at all a reflection of the products out there. That said though, Panasonics are made very well. This survey doesn't prove anything either way though.
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The laptop reliability survey they did was complete garbage
I beg to differ: Our own experience at my company (10 000 employees
worldwide) bears that the laptop/notebook survey is fairly accurate. In fact
we had banned the purchase of all HP laptops some 3 years ago already due
to their excessive failure rate, and Acer was only a little better.
(In the past 12 months, we have noticed that Acer have improved, but HP are still the same
with a poor reliability track record - We also get input from industry/corporate users as well as the
dealer channel every 6 months or so).

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I don't know if its a worthwhile investment, but I got the sage warranty from BH Photo on my FZ35. According to them it covers accidental damage such as a drop on the ground or into the water. I hope I never have to try and use it. I know its a gamble but for $40 and the fact they had the lowest price for the FZ35 at $300 for a total of $340, I took the chance.
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I fully agree with the survey. I had FZ3 for quite some time and sold it to a friend while upgrading to FZ28. He has given it to his teenage daughter who is happy shooting anything and everything she sees. I understand it is still doing fine. No wonder Pana owners are a happy lot.
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