I’ve been reading through the back catalog of Digital Camera magazine, from the first issues available for the iPad back in 2009 or so. There’s been a few things which have been amusing:
- Teleconverters back then were apparently a great way to get extra reach basically for free. Just avoid those 3x teleconverters – those start to degrade image quality.
- Mirrorless cameras – primarily µ4/3rds – were going to take over the world Any Day Now™.
- But nonetheless reviewers always score them poorly, mainly because image quality suffers so much.
- Camera sensors are so good by 2010 that you don’t need wide apertures anymore. With some cameras supporting ISOs as high as 3,200, you can capture anything with ease.
- Cameras in 2010 were getting ‘unnecessarily high’ numbers of pixels. 16, 18 MP cameras are just silly overkill. Obviously. Nobody needs more than 12 MP.