Why are digital cameras so expensive?

United States
December 18, 2006 7:09am CST
I would like to get a digital camera for xmas. I have been looking at the prices, and they are ridiculously out of proportion. I have seen camera's as much as a thousand dollars. The one I want is $200, which I find pretty expensive, since I still need to buy extra memory for $50 and a rechargeable battery for $30, and not to mention insurance. I'm just curious why they are so expensive
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@brurib (1529)
• United States
18 Dec 06
because them are new tecnoly
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• United States
18 Dec 06
I bought mine last christmas for $99.99 it was on sale! it was orginally $159.99. you just have to look around for the good prices, dont get the 1st one you see! there are alot of digital cameras out there that are less than 100 dollars! try wal-mart,best buy,and target! those are probably gonna be the best places. good luck finding one!
• India
18 Dec 06
Camera - The Nikon D40 hasn't officially been announced, per se, but a de facto annoucement has come via Internet rumors and leaks on various photography sites, specifically a German retailer that mysteriously posted information about the phantom camera.
What we can tell you about the D40 is that it is going to replace the existing D50 dSLR (and further devalue the concept of model numbers as an indicator of forward progress). Supposedly, the D40 will have a 6 megapixel sensor and the body only model will cost you about $500.
Digital Camera HQ will keep you informed about the latest developments with the Nikon D40. Stay tuned to our Nikon D40 Product Page, where you'll find specifications, opinions, and the best prices as soon as the camera is available.
Bargain hunters will want to keep a close eye on the Nikon D50, as the price will surely plummet with the official announcement of the D40.
A digital camera is an electronic device used to capture and store photographs electronically instead of using photographic film like conventional cameras. Modern compact digital cameras are typically multifunctional, with some devices capable of recording sound and/or video as well as photographs. Professional digital cameras are generally dedicated to photography. In the Western market, both types of digital cameras now outsell their 35 mm film counterparts. Technically, each one of these buckets is called a pixel and a demosaicing/interpolation algorithm is needed to turn this into an RGB image where each pixel represents multiple colors and not a single color. Due to this advantage it costs more.
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@rohit89 (1971)
• India
18 Dec 06
it depends on the technology which they use here are some features With a slight intake of breath we have to explain that this question is like asking "What car should I buy?" without explaining whether the car is to be used for Grand Prix racing, crossing a desert, or delivering the children to school. The range of digital cameras is immense, costing from £50 to £50,000 and provides an equally large span of capabilities and functionalities. So, just as there is no 'one' car that could be considered an equally good performer in both Formula One and off-roading, so there is no 'one' camera equally at home capturing works of art and shooting a football match. In fact, all digital cameras have their own strengths and weaknesses and each is designed to fulfil a certain task. A digital camera that is exemplary for one use (copy camera work) is likely to be quite unsuitable for another (high speed action). The traditional analogue cameras that are in use today, have taken over one hundred years to gradually evolve, whilst today's digital cameras are being developed at break-neck speed at the forefront of technical innovation. Development at the cutting edge of technology is always a very costly affair for manufacturers, which has led to digital cameras holding a premium price for a short period before they in turn become delegated to second rate by a new crop of cameras. This has led to a situation where any recently developed camera is comparatively much more expensive than its analogue equivalent (although these current prices are expected to quickly fall). If digital cameras are so expensive and the rate of development so intense as to quickly outdate them, it would be fair to ask in what way are they so different to their analogue siblings and how do they compare? In reality there are differences, as will be explained, but overall the similarities between digital camera systems and traditional analogue cameras can be seen to easily outweigh the differences between the two technologies (See TASI Advice Document Getting the best out of low-end Digital Cameras).
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@P1ntus (377)
• Italy
18 Dec 06
Why are digital cameras so expensive? not all digital cameras is expensive
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@nancygibson (3738)
• France
18 Dec 06
It all depends on what exactly you need, I have a perfectly adequate one that cost under £50, I could have got more features, but I just didnt need them so I went for one that did what I needed at the right price, its has been a joy to use
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• India
18 Dec 06
truelly... they r best in quality n hey caoture our memories... advantage bein phjotos can b deleted if v don lik
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@rhea_lyn (200)
• Philippines
29 Dec 06
Well,I have 2 dgtal camera,i bough one for $180 and the one is almost like $300 but with free 2 memory card,well i love taking picture specially myself i really like it,wish i will buy new sony digetal camera next year,hopefully if i have money lol.
• United States
18 Dec 06
Honestly, I think they are expensive because they can be. It is fairly new technology and something that people still want. I got mine for Christmas last year and it has saved me money. Hands down, best thing I have ever received! Not buying film or disposable cameras is awesome. Also printing what you want. I hope that you find one that you find reasonable. I will never go back to film cameras!
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@Kylalynn (1773)
• South Africa
18 Dec 06
My sisters dog - My sisters dog
I am also hoping for a digital camera for Christmas. My sister has one. She paid about $150. It might have been on special though. She has taken some lovely photos.
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@karan1563 (428)
• United States
18 Dec 06
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@rimsha (806)
• Pakistan
19 Dec 06
digital cameral - quality picutre
the prices of digital cameras is too high because the quality of the pictures are unbelievable and amazing, if you have some 2000$ you have buy the best quality digital camera.
@isha900 (1460)
• India
19 Dec 06
this is right
• Singapore
19 Dec 06
expensive? ermz, i thought that is the standard price for digital cameras.. Anyway, i believe you can get cheaper ones if you are willing to have lousier specification cameras, maybe a lower megapixel, less function etc
• Philippines
19 Dec 06
its because digicam has its advance settings that makes it more expensives.
• Philippines
19 Dec 06
i think because of the size of the sensor in a DSLR has everything to do with it. Also, part of this is expense of higher CCD chips. And manufacturers getting back development costs.
@moreinfo (3867)
• China
19 Dec 06
DSLR is much expensive! around $600 or above here.
@Chiriac (287)
• Romania
18 Dec 06
The traditional analogue cameras that are in use today, have taken over one hundred years to gradually evolve, whilst today's digital cameras are being developed at break-neck speed at the forefront of technical innovation.
• Romania
18 Dec 06
This is the beginning of the "consumer sweet spot" in my opinion. Two megapixels is enough to get reasonably sharp 8x10s and smaller. While 8x10s are still a little soft when made from 2 megapixel files, my experience has been that most people consider the level of detail and resolution acceptable. 3 - 3.9 megapixels Definitely sharp, crisp 8x10s and smaller. If you're looking for a really good digicam with strong features and good image quality, three megapixels is a good range to search in. - And you can find some real bargains in this resolution range these days. 4 - 4.9 megapixels This was once exclusively "enthusiast" territory, but there are a lot of pure point and shoots to be found here lately as well. You really don't need this many pixels to print good 8x10s, but the extra pixels give you enough room to crop your photos a little yet still get crisp-looking enlargements. - You can naturally make larger, full-frame prints as well, up to perhaps 11x14. 5 - 5.9 megapixels While the megapixel race continues onward, the 5 megapixel level is pretty much still the realm of "enthusiast" cameras. (Although some advanced point & shoots can be found here as well.) Definitely more resolution than you really need for even 8x10 prints, but people tend to underestimate the importance of cropping to improve their photos. With 5 megapixels, you can crop away a lot of distracting detail, yet still end up with a very nice-looking 8x10 print. 6 megapixels and above Definitely enthusiast/pro territory. Really big prints. Lots of cropping for medium-big prints. Plus the coolness factor of having the baddest camera on the block. ;-) Pro SLRs - Any Megapixel Size "Pro SLRs" isn't at all a megapixel size, as these cameras can have sensors ranging from 4 to 14 megapixels in size. I've included them as a separate category though, because many people tend to use "SLR" as a category to find a range of cameras they're interested in, in much the same way as other folks use the megapixel rankings. Removable-lens SLRs are the most flexible and capable class of digital cameras reviewed on this site, generally with much shorter shutter lag times, faster autofocus performance, and greater exposure flexibility. If you're a professional or serious amateur, and ultimate creative control is important to you, a removable-lens digital SLR is unquestionably the way to go. If you want to buy something performant you'll pay extra $$ but if you are not a pro you should buy something between 4-7.2 megapixels. the more megapixels you got on your "toy" the more you pay. that still depends on the manufacturer. sony,nikon those are good trademarks. happy holidays
• India
22 Dec 06
i thinbk they must be expensive they are of more pickcles ....and r more better and of gud technology ///
• Singapore
22 Dec 06
Actually it depends.Some low end ones are cheap.Less than 3 megapixels.memory card is always this price.About $50.Rechargable battery should be included.
@dellux (106)
• Brazil
20 Dec 06
this is not so expensive
@cuddleme01 (2728)
• Philippines
19 Dec 06
not all digital cameras are expensive. just look around especially this christmas, you might get a really good bargain.
@alchemistrx (2592)
• Philippines
19 Dec 06
Not all digital cmaeras are expensive.It's meainly because of the quality of the model,features that can be used so readily.I have a Nikon Coolpix P1.It has effective 8MP,you can transfer files wirelessly and it has also a video cam.How's that?
• India
19 Dec 06
clarity is soo good,compact
@LoYaL132 (335)
• Netherlands
19 Dec 06
Yeah like others also said new technology. I think its so expensive because if you think what people create till the day of now. If you look to 50/100 years ago when people didnt even have color TV's. And now you have color TV's and all (plasma tv's etc. etc.)
• Germany
19 Dec 06
I dont understand the problem. Everything has a price tag. You can get a different one for cheap price. You have many options. Why do companies research a lot if they give you these things for free.