One of the worst things a photographer can do is drop their camera. The damage done can range from a scratched lens to broken internal parts. 

In a worst-case scenario, the camera stops working altogether. Have you damaged a digital camera or smartphone recently, and now wonder whether to repair or replace it?

Keep reading below for help making this big decision that could cost you hundreds of dollars. 


Consider Your Total Investment in the Camera

Whether it’s a camera phone or a top-of-the-line DSLR camera, add up everything you’ve spent. Find out your total investment. 

The average DSLR camera is $719 but many people spend hundreds of dollars more on lens, tripods, mics, flashes, or other accessories. Most smartphones can cost up to $1,000.

And don’t forget that items will depreciate as new technology becomes available. Something you bought for $1,000 five years ago is worth a fraction of that today. 

Don’t decide on your next move until you’ve accounted for your entire investment. 

Is It Cheaper To Repair or Replace a Damaged Camera?

Once you know how much money you’ve invested into a digital camera or smartphone, do some research to find out if it would be cheaper to fix the camera or buy a new one. There are a ton of new devices on the market. 

The best way to figure this out is by doing a search for comparable used models on websites like eBay or Craigslist. You can also search B&H Photo or MPB to price out newer cameras. 

Or, if you have damaged the camera in your smartphone, find out how much it would be to upgrade. In some cases, you may be due for an upgrade under your contract. 

The final step is doing a side-by-side comparison of your previous investment, how much it’s worth today, and how much it would cost to replace technology. 

Try Some DIY Camera Repairs First

It’s smart to try a few DIY repairs on your camera before you buy a new one, especially if it’s one of your favourite devices and it’s impossible to get the same model anywhere else. Repair technology is also available to help you get to the root of the problem. 

Sometimes you may only need to repair a small, inexpensive component to get the camera up and running again. 

For example, if you have a scratched lens, you can try using diluted rubbing alcohol, vaseline, or even toothpaste on the camera. You can also buy a scratch repair kit.

It’s possible you may fix it without having to spend too much.

Protect Your Camera Lens

Whether you use a smartphone to take pictures or a digital camera, make sure you’re always protecting the lens by using a phone case or lens cover. 

If deciding whether to repair or replace a camera, compare how much you’ve already spent with how much a new model would be. 

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Last Update: April 5, 2021