Hmm thats actually odd that you say that.
Im not trying to prove your theory wrong, but...
I had a Sony V1U (decent 3 chip sony HD) for a year and took the best care of it and never dropped it. After about 10 months there was actually a dent and crack in it that actually exposed some of the inner parts of the camera.
On another note I have had my Panasonic HVX200 for about 15 months now. That camera has been threw hell. In a 3 day span it went threw a lot. Travis fell with it off an 80 foot gap (see the credits of our movie for more detail), then the next day Tim landed on cameron who was doing a follow cam. When we got back into town that day it fell out of the car immediately when i opened the door. After those three incidents all that happened was the eye piece is a little messed up, Thanks Tim.
Oh and in february i fell with it in a lift line putting it down first to stop my fall and all that happened was a temporarily broke battery. Lastly about a month ago I got tackled off my snowmobile drunk and the camera dropped straight to ice.
After all of those incidents the only problems i have is the batteries will fall out sometimes (duct tape works perfect) and the eye piece is a little messed up but hardly noticeable and doesnt effect anything.
Like I said im not trying to prove your statement wrong, thats just what my panasonic has been threw in its life and she still works perfect.
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