Given they live in our handbags and rucksacks – and aren’t strangers to a splash of liquid at a party or a roll in the sand on holiday – I’m always amazed at just how resilient cameras are. I picked up my first digital camera half a dozen years ago and despite banging around a dusty drawer for the last few years it will still take a picture when called upon.
And so it should. Most of us use our cameras pretty infrequently, only switching them on for a special occasion. But just how long should you expect your camera to last fault free and which brand is best?
TV reliability – find out how TVs brands fared in our reliability series
How long will your camera last?
As part of our annual reliability survey we asked over 7,000 people about their current and previous cameras. They told us if their camera had developed a fault and when the issue developed. This lets us compare different camera brands and see which ones are more likely to develop a fault.
And our survey shows…
As expected our survey shows cameras are, in general, pretty durable. An astounding 88% of cameras made it through five years of life fault free – that’s nearly nine in ten. Stack this up against TVs (which we profiled last week) where only 81% of sets were fault free over the same period.
Incredibly, top performer Panasonic (90%) also came up trumps in our TV survey. It just goes to show that some brands do put more effort into making products that are built to last.
While most camera brands came out on the right side of robust there are a few stand out names to avoid. Casio (78%) came bottom of our table, so it’s perhaps unsurprising that the brand makes very few cameras these days. Established name Kodak (82%) is more disappointing, but again, the brand is leaving the camera business behind.
What can I do if my camera develops a fault?
If you find your zoom won’t zoom or your shutter won’t shut, you can exercise your rights under the Sales of Goods Act. Read our guide to returning goods that develop a fault to find out how.
Join us at the same time, same place, next week to find out how long your DAB radio will last and which brand came out on top.