I buy only the best quality cameras, now if a company in the US made one that stood toe to toe with the best then yes I would buy the US one.
Cellphone cameras already own that turf. Every member of the family has one, and they are considered essential to life on the planet as we know it. They are always at hand and ready to use. Picture quality is not really an issue, since it's the instant gratification the user receives from being able to upload that murky pic of aunt Jane and e-mail it to everybody in your address book for fun that is making the camera phone King. Besides, do we really want Kodak to design another faux Canon, Nikon, or Sigma DSLR?
Nothing holds up like good old American made product!
I have Digital Cameras and 8 Film Cameras. Won't need another until something really different comes along.
It's the only real way to turn our economy around- NOT government bailouts.
It's a DREAM to see something like a camera with a proud beautiful label - "Made in USA" It might start a new industrial revolution for USA. Lets not forget that the brain power and creativity is still here.
All products sold in this country should be targeted for a return to our shores.
We need to make more stuff in the USA!
George: As usual, your ideas make good sense. ANYTHING that brings jobs back to the USA is a grand idea.
I always prefer to purchase locally-made products.
Unfortuneatly, it would also depend on price as I am on a fixed income.
I live in Michigan and have seen the effect of job loses on communities. If the product is good I would buy it. It would be preferable to documenting misery with a comparable foreign made camera.
We just can't continue to be consumers or none of us will be able to afford a camera no matter where it is manufactured. Greed and cheap labor in other countries is destroying this country. We better wake-up.
It is a great idea. if Honda can build cars in Canada, featuring a higher quality standard than their Japanese built units and sell them at a very competitive price, a Kodak or Pentax could do the same thing for cameras. To keep the initial investment cost down, it would have to be a mechanically simple camera, relying more on electronics. Certain parts will, nevertheless, have to be imported, but in time it could be a truly American camera.
Quality and price determine what I purchase. Who wants to buy a poorly made product just because my neighbor made it.
Yes, if it was of high quality and modern technology.
Certainly there are some extremely good products made in the USA, but on the whole my experience has been of poor quality.
i would also buy a DSLR made here if there was one available.
I agree with the statement "we should encourage manufacturing here in the US", but breaking in on a market well developed by other manufacturer it has to be a proven quality and technology breakthrough before I would consider it.
Quality, ease of use and price would be deciding factors.
Quality would be first consideration
I would definitely buy an affordable camera that was made in the USA. I would prefer to buy only stuff that is made in the USA, but it is hard to find anything that is made here anymore.
Excellent idea. I was just saying this to one of my photo classes recently.
I encourage and support anything made in the USA.
I always buy based on the best specs and reviews.
As with any other camera, made anywhere, I would buy only based on how well it was rated.
I would buy one but can we afford one? The first attempt would have to be as good or better than the big names and aligned closely in price. Miracles do happen though!
Quality, quality, quality!
Must be competitive in cost and quality to imports, be digital, small, water-and-dust-resitiant, very durable, with a lense of 35mm-to-135mm, and wireless USB laptop compatabile.
Not really. I use an SLR which is already 10 miles ahead of whatever digital point & shoot is in first place.