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Old Dec 3, 2009, 1:15 AM   #1
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I would like to ask who makes the highest quality cameras in the business? Certainly some companies must make cameras which are of higher quality and a higher standard of durability than their competitors.

So who makes the best quality hardware? In terms of build quality, durability, etc.
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Old Dec 3, 2009, 8:26 AM   #2
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That sounds like a question for Consumer Reports.
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Old Dec 3, 2009, 9:56 AM   #3
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Yours is an excellent question, However, today most folks are focused on a particular camera as opposed to a singular brand name. All of the major camera manufacturers, such as Canon Nikon, Pentax. and Sony, produce well built, high quality cameras.

Where the end consumers will see a difference is in the fit and finish of low end, under $150 cameras, as there is cost cutting at work there that directly affects the profit margin.

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Add Mamiya and Hasselblad for medium format.
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Really, I don't know that there is definitve answer to your question. At the lower end (P&S), cameras are really sort of disposable. Technology advances so rapidly, you'll likely replace the camera in a couple of years anyway. At the higher end, most cameras are well built, and the old adage "you get what you pay for" comes into play. The pro and semi pro DSLR's are very well built and should last for many years. However, even these are somewhat disposable, as technology advances. Obsoletion will be a bigger factor in the need to buy a new camera camera, rather than your current camera wearing out.

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Of course, that seems very logical to me. My post was primarily focused on digicams.

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