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Limited life for the camera

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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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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