I have heard that digital cameras have a limited life, and then they eventually die forcing you to buy a new one. Somebody told me that an average digital camera can take about 35,000 shots before dying. Is this true, somewhat true, or a fable?
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Re: Limited life for the camera
Yes, your wonderful FZ20 has a limited life span ... but so does the pricey Canon 1Ds MarkII, the Nikon D70, the Olympus C-8080, the computer you're using now, and your TV set. :)
We're talking about sensative electronics ... and when you put a lot of use into your camera, eventually components will fail. That said, 35,000 shots if just a number someone picked out of the sky. I've put more than 250,000 shots through my D70 since early in 2004 and haven't had to send it in to Nikon for repair yet. On the flip side I owned one digital camera for just over a week and had to send it in for warranty repair.
"Eventually" the FZ20 will die. Will it die before you decide to upgrade to a new camera? Will it die before you "pass on" yourself? No one knows. I'd like to say there is a standard number of shots you can take before your camera develops problems, but in reality, there are WAY too many factors that contribute to the longevity or early death of your camera to know what you can expect.
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When you say my camera will not hold charge, I think you mean your battery (rechargeable) will not. It is normal, that (rechargeable) batteries have a limited life time. Limited can mean from 90 days till 10 years. It depends how often is it charged and how is it used. When you leave a better unused for a very long time. it could cause more damage then using it regularly. When a camera is not used for a long time, the best thing you can do to extend the lifetime of your battery is to charge it at least every 3 months.
Now I'm afraid you have to buy a new one.
Take your camera to a photo shop and ask them to put in a new one, so you can check if that solves your problem, before you buy one. Look whet a battery costs. Sometimes they ask more that the cost of a new camera with a new battery.
Always charge NiMH batteries before using them for the first time, or if they have not been used for a long period.
Always charge sets of batteries (2 or 4) together.
Do not use alkaline batteries unless it is absolutely necessary. In some cases, alkaline batteries may have a shorter service life than NiMH. Alkaline battery performance is limited, especially at low temperatures. The use of NiMH batteries is recommended.
AA manganese (Zinc-Carbon) should not be used. hey have limited power and can leak in a short time, destroying a camera.
Any mechanical device will eventually wear out, and a DSLR has many moving parts. The shutter and the mirror mechanism are prime examples, but in addition there are buttons and dials.
There's nothing in the camera keeping track of the date or number of pictures and then stopping operation when some limit is reached. In normal operation, the camera should be good for years and/or tens (or hundreds) of thousands of pictures.
Firstly check your charger. I was having problems with my batteries packing up after about 1 hours use. Now I only charge 2 at a time (its a 4 battery charger) and the problem is no more. There is a limited life on batteries, check how old they are and if you've had them more than 3 or 4 years, I suggest you buy replacements. John
If battery is 2-3 years old then buy new battery because these batteries have limited life span and lose its charge storage capacity after long run. Buy new original battery from Sony Accessories Store for your DSC-T50 Thanks.
Let's try this. If it is not the battery, then it could be the charger. Not sure how old this camera is. Your battery has a limited life, like all rechargeable batteries. The life on the older batteries can be dependent on how it is used and how many times it is recharged. The newer batteries have better life expectancy than the older technology. I think if I wanted to use the camera that the first thing I would do is to buy a new battery from a source such as Ebay Batteries for this camera range in prices from about $5.06 to over $12.00 plus shipping which can be over $12.00. You will have to decide whether you want to get a battery from a retailer such as Walmart or a photo store. I am sure that the price will still be more than a generic one. Batteries can look ever so good, and be completely of no use. It is interesting, though that out of the many batteries I have used for my digital cameras I have fixed and used, only a few have died. I have taken thousands of pictures with different kinds of cameras to see the batteries last very well.
no non of sony cameras come with any life pan
ya they are telling something baout life cycle
but i have cybershot with 29000 pic and my friend is having about 20000 so if your cameras is in warrenty period then go to sony service station they will fix it
or if you r out of warranty period then go for repairing your camera probebly changing CCD of your camera will fix this problem