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Sensor upgrade?

I built the PC I'm currently using in 2008 but I've upgraded most of the components, CPU, memory, video card and hard drives over the years because the motherboard was very expensive and designed to be futureproof within reason and is only just starting to show its age.

Therefore why is it not possible to upgrade the image sensor in a DSLR?
I appreciate that a camera manufacturer would prefer to sell whole bodies instead of sensors but is it an impossible task?
The new OM-D5 reportedly has a better sensor than the E-5. Is the physical design of the OM-D5 sensor so different that it cannot be fitted into the chassis of the E-5 and suitable firmware applied?
Why can't a new upgraded sensor be produced and fitted?

I detest this apparent planned obsolescence built into photographic equipment and the expectation of the manufacturer that people will just shell out for the latest model.

There is probably a very logical answer to this and I'd be intrigued to know what it is.
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Re: Sensor upgrade?

Because DSLRs are SMALL, and anyway the first few (or more) years of the PC's existence they were definitely NOT user-upgradeable and repair parts were very expensive anyway.
They have matured into their present modular form due to customer pressure and the DIY-competent gamer market.
Cameras might not ever get that way ...
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Re: Sensor upgrade?

Ulfric's quite right, size matters.

I recall recently seeing a picture of the first digital camera invented by Kodak. It was about the size of a PC and modular but not very practical for taking photographs.

"Planned obsolescence" is of course a term used to imply that manufacturers deliberately make a product to be non repairable when it in fact could be. I don't believe this is the case with digital cameras. They are not only complex electronic devices but also still precision mechanical instruments and we users are very concerned about form/size/weight etc. With the huge R&D etc. costs involved the only way a manufacture can operate successfully is to sell more cameras.


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Re: Sensor upgrade?

If You want a sensor upgradeable camera you have to go for a digital Hassalblad or Phase one 645 modular back system but then you could by a couple of new cars for the price of one.

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