gjl711 wrote in post #15658296
That's pretty much how the housing industry works. There is a basic design, then each customer sits down with the builder and customizes it to their need. The car industry is a bit like that as well. You can basically build your own car with the options you are looking for, so it is possible.
On a consumer electronic level though it is way more cost effective to build a flexible camera covering as many as possible and allow customers to do the final customizations. For instance, want a still camera only? Don't use the video feature and take only stills. Want your focus button elsewhere? Pop into the menus and change the location. Dont want built in flash? Don't hit the flash button. Don't want live view, don't press the button.
There really is no cost penalty for including a feature you do not want. You are free to not use it. Live view, video, built in flash, programmable buttons are probably the best examples. Economy of scale will make the full feature set is cheaper than if 15 different cameras were made each with different feature sets.
That's also pretty much how the camera business works too. You have your pick of almost a dozen base models, then add any combination of 60+ lenses to suit your needs, and of course the amount of memory you want, and the external lighting equipment, etc...
Current: 5DM3, 6D, 8mm fish, 24-105/4IS, 35/2IS, 70-200/2.8IS, 85/1.8, 100-400/IS v1, lensbaby composer with edge 80, 580's and AB800's
Formerly: 80D, 7D, 300D, 5D, 5DM2, 20D, 50D, 1DM2, 17-55IS, 24-70/2.8, 28-135IS, 40/2.8, 50/1.8, 50/1.4, 70-200/4IS, 70-300IS, 70-200/2.8, 100 macro, 400/5.6, tammy 17-50 and 28-75, sigma 50 macro & 100-300