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Digital rot, the inevitable loss of value in digital cameras, makes it confusing to know when to jump in and purchase a new camera. Old film cameras hold their value better but don't have the conveniences of digital technology. The best advice is to buy a quality camera that fits your needs today. Although it will quickly lose value, it can still fit your needs in the future.

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Behind the Lens: Dreaming up the perfect camera, digital rot and all

I may have to spend a considerable amount of money, but I’m determined to own a camera that will have everything I will ever need.

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nathan 10 years, 11 months ago

You should describe what's in the picture here.

nathan 10 years, 11 months ago

Does anyone ever read these comments?

Mike Yoder 10 years, 11 months ago

Ha. Thanks for the question Nathan. I sometimes wonder if anyone reads the articles too. I ran out of room in the caption block to get all the info included. My basic point was illustrating how until recently, about any film camera, no matter how old or outdated, (the little Canonet 28 at right) might produce comparable image quality to expensive, early-model digital cameras that have now lost their value (Nikon D2H, left) As digital CCD sensors creep closer to 24-30 megapixel file size, they have reached the quality of film. To me this means the important qualities of cameras now will have more to do with lens quality and user preferences regarding the type of body and the way controls operate. In other word, maybe we're reaching the point of less digital rot, so personally, I'd put more money into quality components, lenses etc.

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