Living in the Digital Future

Just over ten years ago, I bought my first digital camera, a Canon S10. As with most of my big purchases, I bought last year’s model with a lot of research beforehand, and I was very pleased with the boxy little thing. Canon has been my go-to camera brand ever since (with the notable exception of our waterproof camera, as the Canon D10 was just too fugly to love). My most recent is an SX20, a break from my older point-and-shoot roots into a bigger camera with a giant zoom lens. As expected, in ten years the camera became much cheaper and much more powerful. This week, Canon announced their new lineup, and for the first time they have a camera with a suggested price of less than $100. So, just because I’ve got time on my hands, let’s compare my $500 camera from 2000 with the latest $90 camera from 2011.

FeatureS10A800
Resolution2 Megapixels10 Megapixels
Zoom2x3.3x
Screen1.8″2.5″
VideoNoneVGA
Weight11 oz6 oz (est.)
BatteryProprietary $40 NiMHAA
Retail price
(when released)
$700$90

 

Isn’t it great, living in the future?

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Gary

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