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12-29-2014, 11:29 PM   #1
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How long does a DSLR last? Does the mirror/shutter/sensor have a general life span? If so, what is it? I know it all depends on the amount of use but I am just talking generally with average use in good conditions.

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Depends upon the brand and the camera but a lot of the newer models are rated to roughly 100K. Some last longer, some last less though. I've never had a DSLR camera make it to 100K actually. I killed my K-x somewhere around 48K apparently. It died young, poor thing... :P
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It depends on the camera, but they should be good for at least 100,000 shots (per shutter expected life). The Pentax K-3 is double that however at 200,000.
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Much harder to estimate the expected life of the electronics, but since most people only have the camera turned on when they are actively using it, and that is only some of the time they should last rather more than continuous use products like phones. The combination of seeking low energy use (long battery charge life) and sophisticated processing tends top result in chip designs that are more vulnerable to flaws and therefore shorter life resulting from random failure effects.

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Here's a fun link someone posted here in the past.

Camera Shutter Life Database

Note the manual for the K-30 rates life expectancy at 100,000 shots.
12-30-2014, 03:22 AM   #6
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Did 35mm film Pentax cameras have an estimated shutter life too? I don't ever recall hearing about such with film cameras.
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They probably did have a design spec for life but it was less of an issue then - most people did not activate the shutter many time through life of the camera - the film cost too much.
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I have a range of old cameras and most of them are just going.
The only serious problem I had it was with Praktica B200, the electronics were just very poor quality, capacitors were drying out and camera became unreliable and unfixable, RIP wherever you are......

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I think the mirror and aperture actuation system will break before the shutter does.
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QuoteOriginally posted by ShutterKatt Quote
How long does a DSLR last? Does the mirror/shutter/sensor have a general life span? If so, what is it? I know it all depends on the amount of use but I am just talking generally with average use in good conditions.
Much longer than the technology remains current.

I still have my *istD which is 11 years old,

You can sometimes get shutter and mirror failures, such happened on my K10D after 3 years (I got it fixed) and still use it also, along with a K7 and K5
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My istDS died after 8 years. Probably some water damage... At the 4 year mark I used it under heavy rain, and that's where the dial started failing. Eventually more and more buttons failed (I also sometimes used the camera on a speed boat on the sea, so lots of salty spray in the air and everywhere).
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