I know this isn't a new topic or idea but I'm curious what the regular users here think. Most digital cameras on the market operate much like cameras have for several decades. A new device is released and all of its quirks and capabilities stay the same until a new model is released. There are occasionally updates—usually these are software only updates—that requiring servicing the camera but these updates don't drastically change the platform or (usually) cost money. I'm going to call this the digital camera. It is a camera. With digital film. An imaging computer has a hardware base that is unlikely to change but its software may go through many, and sometimes drastic, software iterations. Laptops and desktops are an example but smart phones and tablets may be closer. Newer hardware may offer better capabilities but old hardware is supported with all the software updates the older hardware can handle. Often large updates that add features instead of just fixes are a paid upgrade unless that cost is rolled into the price (Apple) or paid by divulging user data (Google). What would you prefer?