This Is How Much Digital Cameras Have Changed In The Past Decade

It’s amazing to see how much things can change in a decade. Ten years ago, we invested in our first digital camera, and were amazed with the storage space on our 256 megabyte cards. Now a simple point and shoot consumer grade camera has more bells and whistles than our original DSLR.

Speed now is everything. A decade ago you could shoot at a maximum burst speed of 8 fps for up to 16 RAW frames. Today it’s at 10 fps for up to 28 RAW frames. And if you really want to show movement, with today’s Mark IV, simply turn to video mode, and capture everything as it happens.

While speed and functionality have changed considerably, the one thing that’s remained constant is cost. For about the same price as you paid a decade ago (not taking into account inflation or any other economic factors of course) you can purchase a workhorse camera perfect for the professional photographer.

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  1. I like this comparison very much. Those cameras look almost identical, but function very differently.

  2. The 1D has an electronic shutter, capable of day-to-night photos with a single off camera speedlite.
    A used 1D (20,000 to 50,000 actuations) costs between $400~$600.
    Fits all EF lenes.
    Most of the amenities from the 1D family (weatherproof, durable body, long battery life, long shutter life, 1.3x crop factor)
    1D is still a great camera to start a professional career with, even with 4.48 MP

  3. Nice – I used to have the Canon 300D with 6MP. Especially the current ISO possibilities make the difference.