They say you should replace your camera every 3-5 years. WTF do they know?

Sony and other cameras
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Okay, cards on the table, I like to acquire new tech – and it probably won't come as a surprise that cameras are high up on my list. But, as a responsible grown-up, I thought I'd ask the world – through the medium of search – how long I should expect my camera to last.

In other words, in the back of my mind, I was thinking, "Am I justified in thinking that my Sony A7 III, which I've had since launch, is due a replacement?" The reasonably consistent answer that the web offered was 3-5 years. My camera harks from April 2018 so, by that logic, it must be due a replacement, right?

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Adam Juniper
Managing Editor

With over 20 years of expertise as a tech journalist, Adam brings a wealth of knowledge across a vast number of product categories, including timelapse cameras, home security cameras, NVR cameras, photography books, webcams, 3D printers and 3D scanners, borescopes, radar detectors… and, above all, drones. 

Adam is our resident expert on all aspects of camera drones and drone photography, from buying guides on the best choices for aerial photographers of all ability levels to the latest rules and regulations on piloting drones. 

He is the author of a number of books including The Complete Guide to Drones, The Smart Smart Home Handbook, 101 Tips for DSLR Video and The Drone Pilot's Handbook