|Are you in the market for a digital camera? In an effort to keep
consumers more informed about the reliability of the products they
buy, we periodically publish the results of our research on repair
rates. (You may recall our previous studies on Laptops, Game Consoles, Smart Phones, etc.)
Our analytics team just completed another extensive study on failure rates, turning their attention to data collected on over 60,000 digital cameras purchased since 2006.
The results are in! So, which models are most reliable? Highlights are below but be sure to check out the full study.
The study found that 11 percent of digital cameras fail in the first two years of ownership. Of these failures, 6.6 percent come from malfunctions while another 4.1 percent experience damage due to accidents. When the data from the study is projected out three years, 15.6 percent of digital cameras are expected to experience some sort of failure – either accidental or a malfunction.
Manufacturers: Vast Differences in Reliability, Panasonic leads the Pack
The majority of digital cameras are purchased for less than $300, and this study measured the two year failure rate of this popular price range and broken down by individual manufacturers. Panasonic led the pack with a failure rate just above 5 percent. Fujifilm, Olympus, Sony and Canon all stayed close behind with failure rates around 6 percent.
- Panasonic is the only manufacturer to have less than a 6 percent failure rate for sub-$300 models and they achieved a less than 2 percent failure rate for $300-500 models.
- Casio and Polaroid were found to have the least reliable cameras under $300 with failure rates of more than double the failure rates of the top 5 brands.