The title refers to cameras but the article is about consumer electronics in general.
surface mounting mechanical components is just asking for trouble. Through-hole FTW.
But that costs more money, no?
Perhaps. I’m just a software person that works closely with hardware. I don’t know a lot of the details of hardware manufacturing.
Yeah, not as easy to machine-assemble. If the rest of the board is surface mount you’d be adding a whole new manufacturing step, though I imagine attaching displays and such isn’t part of the surface mount step either.