How long do you wait before buying a new digital camera?

United States
September 29, 2008 9:23am CST
New cameras seem to be coming out every week! Higher pixels, image stabilization technology, advanced face detection. I've had my digital camera for 5 years, and it seems like a dinosaur compared to everything they've got on the new ones. How do you know when it's time to buy a new camera? Do you have a period of time that you wait? Or when the mood strikes and you see something that you really want, do you just go buy it?
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@jillhill (37379)
• United States
29 Sep 08
I acually bought a new one on vacation as mine started eating batteries.....so I thought it was time for something new. I bought the same one all of my family has but really liked my fuji better.
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• United States
29 Sep 08
Oh, jillhill, I remember you saying how much you liked your Fuji FinePix (was it 600?). Anyway, what kind did you get? I just bought my son's girlfriend a digital camera, and I think it was a Samsung. It had all that face detection and image stabilization stuff and I think the pixels were 8.2 or something like that. Sorry to hear your Fuji crashed. I guess, in a way, if my current camera crashed, then I'd have an excuse to buy a new one.
@jillhill (37379)
• United States
30 Sep 08
I got a kodak 8.2 megaixel....called the easy share with instant focusing....that's how I got the eagles nest up so close...it's fun but I like the pictures from the fuji better.....of course my last pictures I did at walgreens and I like the kodak processor more.
@lilisor (205)
• Hungary
2 Dec 08
I pretty much spend about 2-3 weeks on searching the right camera. I study forums, blogs, sites that show differences between cameras and in the end I chose one.
• United States
3 Dec 08
Hi liliso. It sounds like you do comparison shopping when you are ready to buy a new digital camera, which is very smart. I think if I spent more time on the "upfront research" I might be happier with my purchases. Thanks and take care.
@wrangel15 (1443)
• Philippines
26 Nov 08
Since I had a phone with a good camera, I don't have the intention of having a camera anymore. I just bought a few months ago a new phone and it's camera is just enough for the camera I want. It can take really good images. The size is adjustable so I can choose from taking a thumbnail size picture or a computer-screen-sized picture. The memory of the phone is also expandable which satisfies my want to have a camera.
• United States
26 Nov 08
That's great that your phone takes good enough pictures that you don't need a separate camera. My phone takes pics also but I don't think they are of the quality of the pictures I take on my camera. Thanks for your response.
@walijo2008 (4646)
• United States
29 Sep 08
Well my digital camera is probably about 4 yrs. old, and I know what you mean about newer technology coming out all the time. My sister gave our mother a digital camera for mothers day this year, and I like it better than mine, its easier to use and takes better pictures I think. I would like to have one like hers, but don't have the extra money right now to get one, besides my camera still works fine, and I probably won't ever get a new one unless something happens to my old one and it can't be fixed. Usually if the mood strikes and I see something I really want, it takes me awhile to decide if I really need it, and if I would really use it, mostly I end up not buying it..lol.
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• United States
29 Sep 08
Hi walijo2008. I am like you in that I have to really think about something if I want it and then, I hesitate so long,I just don't buy it. I've had my digital camera about 5 years and it works fine. But, I've always thought it was a little complicated to get accustomed to. I'm worried that if I wait for mine to bite the dust, I'll NEVER get a new one! Oh, well, it's not like I'm some great photographer or something. Thanks and take care.
@slot100 (546)
• Hungary
29 Sep 08
I own quite a expensive digital camera from Kodak who got different options, + 2 GB Memory card..I've bought this one last year, because my old Kodak camera sadly enough has broken down..It was a shame, because I was using him everyday, and I didn't safe up any money to buy a new one, so I had to do without an camera for over a year! But since last year June I am able to make pictures again! And VIDEOS as well! it's really a beautiful great camera, and I love him!
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• United States
29 Sep 08
Hi slot100. Your Kodak camera sounds quite nice. It's good to hear that you are enjoying your new camera. Plus you are taking videos, too, which is something I'd like to start doing. Hope this Kodak lasts a long time. Thanks and take care.
@sunnflr (2767)
• United States
29 Sep 08
Whenever I have a few extra hundred lying around...lol. Really, probably when mine breaks. I can't see paying money for another one when mine still works fine...even if it doesn't have all the new bells and whistles.
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• United States
29 Sep 08
Hi sunnflr. I'm kind of like that, too. Except for the camera I have now may not break down for another 10 years! They just keep making things better and don't give our old stuff time to break down! LOL. Every time I go in to a store and see all those lovely little digital cameras, I am drawn to them. I just bought one as a gift for my son's girlfriend and she was so excited she didn't know what to do!
@seeths (413)
29 Sep 08
We got our digital camera three years back and my husband got it from US.Was pretty excited as it was new to me and I havent used any one like that bferore.So whenever we go out I prefer to take them with me so that I can take some good snaps. Regards
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• United States
29 Sep 08
Hello seeths. That's great that you are still enjoying your digital camera 3 years later. Sometimes, technology is difficult to figure out and work with. I don't blame you for having your husband help you with the camera. Thanks for commenting.
@rainmark (4302)
29 Sep 08
I got my digital camera on December last year. It still ok and looks alright, it's functioning very well and the photos in good and clear. But it doesn't look good. So for me, i maybe going to buy new digital camera when it's gonna break and not functioning or i can see a sale cheap but nice and stylish digital camera but as of now i still love my old one coz that's my xmas presents from my hubby. Happy posting.
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• United States
29 Sep 08
Hi rainmark. That's so nice that your husband bought you a camera for Christmas. That's a great gift. It is smart to wait until something breaks down before replacing it. It's just I'm afraid it will be another 10 years before my camera breaks down. I'm not sure I want to wait that long before I replace it. Thanks for posting and take care.
• United States
6 Jul 09
I bought a canon A720is in May 2008 for $199 with a case from Amazon.com and I love it. It is a great point and shoot camera and has 8.1 megapixels, IS and FD. I have since bought the Canon Digital Rebel XSi and I love it as well, I just had to read the manual to use it effectively! I bought it just before Xmas in 2008 and paid $649 for the camera and lens kit. If you are comfortable with your camera and satisfied with the pictures it takes, there is no need to change to a new one. When you do buy a camera, there a certain times of year where you find better bargains and you can always buy an older model or a perfectly good used camera for a deeply discounted price.
• United States
8 Jul 09
Boy, it sounds like you are quite the camera shopper! I finally did replace my camera of 5 years with a Casio Z9 (I think that's what it's called). I really like it, it's much easier to use and takes very good pictures. It cost about 1/5th the cost of my Olympus camera, and I love its simplicity.
• Hong Kong
5 Oct 08
I don't buy digital camera often. The last one I used was for 4 years and it was broken down, therefore I bought this new one. I tend to do a lot of research on the net when I get a digital device. I want to make sure it's of good quality so that I don't have to buy that often. I don't have a time frame of when to buy a new one, maybe I will when this one falls apart.
• United States
5 Oct 08
It sounds like you waited until your old camera bit the dust before replacing it. That is the smart way to do it, I guess. I, like you, do a fair amount of research to find out about all the new products out there before I purchase something new. I plan to just keep using my old camera, as it's still in great shape. Thanks and take care.
• Philippines
30 Sep 08
We had a fine digital camera before, a Kodak CX6330. It was reliable enough, and we could use AA rechargeable batteries on it. Plus it looked cute, like a toy. Too bad it got damaged two years ago when floodwaters entered our house. So we got a Panasonic Lumix FX-07. We're very satisfied with it, especially since it takes good photos. We're able to use it on everything from family outings to my wife's accessories business. There are a lot of newer digital cameras coming out now with even higher resolutions and better features, such as HD capability. But for us, we're still keeping our FX-07 until the day that it no longer works. That's the only time we'll get a new digital camera.
• United States
1 Oct 08
Sorry to hear you had floodwaters in your house. Sounds like you have enjoyed both of your cameras. It does seem like these cameras will last a very long time. Good luck with your Panasonic.
• United States
30 Sep 08
I guess I typically wait a long time between times that I buy a new digital camera. Just like in the past eight years, I have owned a only two different digital cameras. The first one I ever bought was back in 2000. I used it for six years. Then the battery compartment broke or something and wouldn't stay closed. At least not enough for the camera to be used properly. You would literally have to hold the door or whatever it's called that keeps the batteries from slipping out tight for it to work. Needless to say that got really frustrating. So I ended up getting a much nicer digital camera with a considerable higher amount of megapixels from my parents in 2006 which is what I've used since. It's worked very well for me and still does. So I don't intend on buying a new digital camera any time soon unless something happens to my current one.
• United States
1 Oct 08
Hi DarthJustice. It makes good financial sense to wait until one camera bites the dust before you get another one. But I guess I just get seduced into thinking about buy a new one when I hear about all the new ones that are coming out all the time. I feel like my current camera is never gonna break down on me and that I'm gonna have it forever. Glad you are enjoying a newer camera. Thanks and take care.
@ngaspero (851)
• Italy
30 Sep 08
I'm still waiting to buy my first one, I have camera on my cellular and I have a digital video camera, I don't see the necessity to buy a camera too....for now Nun
• United States
1 Oct 08
My cellphone also has a camera on it but I really don't think to use it much. I need to work on that. Plus, I'm not sure how to get the pictures from the phone to the computer. I started another discussion about those new little digital video cameras called the "Flip". I wonder if I would ever use it if I bought one, just for fun. Thanks and take care.
@marababe (2511)
• Philippines
30 Sep 08
I've had my first digital camera when I was in 3rd year college, it has 5 MP and none of those face detectors or image stabilization stuff, heck the battery's not even rechargeable. I spend 200 Pesos for the AA battery every time I'll be using it and that made me decide to get a new one. A more practical digital camera. I think the right time for me to buy a new one is when it's not serving its purpose in a practical way and when the features are way behind. The new one I got has 8 MP and I'm good with rather than the 5 MP that's so blurry.
• United States
1 Oct 08
Hello marababe. It sounds like you got a lot of use out of your first digital camera. I didn't even know they made digital cameras that didn't recharge! With 8 MP, I bet you take some very clear, nice pictures. Glad you are enjoying your cameras. Thanks and take care.
• Australia
30 Sep 08
I usually buy a new digial camera when my old one just doesn't have the functions i need. A digital camera is only old when it doesnt work anymore, but i wouldn t recomend waiting that long.
• United States
1 Oct 08
Hello ByblosFlare. I think that if I wait until my current camera doesn't work anymore, I'll never get to buy a new camera! Yet, I did pay quite a bit for it and it does still work. I just think it has too many extras on it that I haven't used and I'd rather have a smaller, simpler camera that snaps a great picture. I appreciate your response.
• United States
29 Sep 08
i usually buy a new camera once my old one seems too pixalized compared to what is out there now. and i always shop around first looking at the deals and the specs of the different cameras. i have never just went out on a whim and bought a digital camera because i feel that they are investments, kinda like the old time film cameras.
• United States
29 Sep 08
Hello Darkestraven. I think it's smart that you really do your research on the various cameras before you decide about which one to buy. But, wow, there are so many out there these days. I tried to compare several at a couple of websites, but it can take hours. I have had my current one for about 5 years and would love to get one the smaller, more compact cameras with all the new technology that's out there. But since my current one still works, it seems like a waste to replace it. Thanks for commenting.