Brand Basics

  Epirb406 19:47 09 Aug 2007

Hi all, I have been out of touch of shiny electricy things for a long time but have recently been looking around for a Video camera.

Don't want buying or specific cam advice but wondered what the brand table looked like these days and where anything fitted in.

For instance, I have always been a sucker for anything Sony, LG or phillips branded, has there been any changes in them being top, quality and stylish products and where does anyone else fit in?

How about:
PC world own brand
etc etc etc

Where is the smart money these days? for instance, do sony make components for anyone else?

This just for interest but for instance in the cam corder case I see something with a sony lable and Karl Zeiss lenses it is all to the good.....does that follow?

Thanks for your interest, Epirb.

  Stuartli 12:46 10 Aug 2007

Sony has been using Carl Zeiss lenses for a while on its top end digital cameras, just as Fuji (in the early 1990s) and Panasonic have Leica based equivalents.

However, it's the big names such as Konica, Minolta (now combined), Ashai, Nikon, kodak, Canon etc who have the long term background in designing and manufacturing cameras and optical lenses.

That's not to say that Sony's digital cameras and camcorders are not equally or even better products, but firms such as Samsung (my son had a Samsung camcorder that was a rebadged Sony 15 years ago), Casio, Panasonic etc came onto the scene because they realised the tremendous impact that the world of digital photography would generate.

  oresome 19:38 10 Aug 2007

Konica-Minolta is no longer in the photography market. The existing portfolio was sold to Sony.

  Stuartli 23:52 10 Aug 2007

If that is true then it's a tremendous shame. Both Konica and Minolta date back to 1927 or 1928 when first established.

Both firms produced top notch film and digital cameras and lenses that were more than good enough for professional use.

  Epirb406 16:56 12 Aug 2007

Sorry, real life got in the way,

Thanks for responses though they do kind of miss my drift which is that most manufacturers make a broad spectrum of products and is there any judgement we can make about kit just on the strength of its badge?

Thanks, Epirb.

  Stuartli 18:40 12 Aug 2007

I realised what you meant, which is why I pointed out that in areas where they don't feel they are as strong as they could be, many manufacturers rebadge products under their own name from specialist manufacturers.

In fact about two or three years ago, 67 per cent of the world's digital cameras came from Taiwan no matter what their brand name.

  oresome 09:11 13 Aug 2007

I take the view that a company that spends millions promoting it's brand is not going to throw the money away by then producing a duff product on the cheap.

  Epirb406 19:08 14 Aug 2007

Guess I will just keep buying things that are shiny and for the most part say 'sony' on them.


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