2017-01-17

It's Been 10 Years Since... 2007

It's been 10 years since 2007 - the year the Original Apple iPhone & the final Harry Potter book were released, the year the new Wembley Stadium was completed and the year that began the global financial meltdown.

But what about technology? What's worth looking back on from 2007, and what would we rather forget?

Back in 2007, the 'Great Megapixel Race' was in full swing, with manufacturers vying for the top spot left, right and centre. These days megapixels are of less concern, we're more focused on stabilisation, connectivity, autofocus speeds and the such like. But in 2007 it was all about megapixels.


Nikon D300 - The Best DSLR of 2007?



With frankly Star Trek-esque frame rates, the Nikon D300 would shoot at a blistering rate of 6, yes SIX frames per second. The mind boggles.

At the time, the D300 boasted a 'record-setting' 51 focus points - which, although very impressive for 2007, somewhat pales into comparison to the 153 AF points we now find in the latest iteration of this line up, the Nikon D500

You may scoff at the 12.3MP sensor in the D300, but in 2007 that was among the best you'd find in a DSLR in this bracket - today's D500 rates with a 20.9MP sensor - which seems to be the standard for mid-range DSLRs at the moment. 


Canon 40D - Probably Not The Best DSLR of 2007




In comparison, Canon's best offering of 2007 in the pro-sumer market was the Canon 40D - a 10.1 megapixel DSLR.

However Canon also released the APS-H sized EOS-1D Mark III - it's flagship professional DSLR onto the market in May, featuring a 21.1 megapixel full-frame sensor - this was to be followed in 2008 by the Canon EOS 5D Mark II, which was the first full frame DSLR to record full-HD video.


The Best Compact Cameras of 2007


It wasn't just the DSLR market that was filled with camera releases in 2007, there were plenty of compact cameras on sale too.



Highlights include the Canon PowerShot A570 - an astonishing 7MP compact camera with a 4x stabilised zoom.



And one of the highlights of 2007, the frankly delightful Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-T2, featuring 4GB of internal memory (mind-blowing levels of storage for 2007) and an 8.1 megapixel sensor, all packaged in a sleek very un-2007-like body. 



Some of you may also remember back to the days when Casio were still a big-ish player in the digital camera world - in 2007 they released their new 'Flagship' Exilim model - the EX-Z1200SR (bit of a mouthful, really) - which had a 1" CCD, onto which they had somehow packed a frankly unnatural 12 megapixels. However, to its credit it did have Auto-ISO, H.264 video clips, SDHC support, and ISO sensitivity up to ISO 1600. 


The Cameras We'd Rather Forget From 2007


I've left these to last because I didn't want you to be so horrified that you stopped reading.


HP Photosmart R837




HP are great at making things like computers, laptops, printers etc; what they're not great at is making digital cameras, which is probably why they stopped making digital cameras in November 2007.

The R837 is the physical equivalent of a child's drawing of a digital camera - rectangular, rounded, and made from a composition of silver plastic and brushed metal. 

The 7.2 megapixels R837 was a paperweight of a camera (it wasn't heavy - just useless as anything else), and featured that sliding-door lens cover that digital compact cameras of old were famed for, and thankfully we're no longer subjected to. 

It's not that the HP Photosmart R837 was a terrible camera by any stretch; it was just nothing special and paled in comparison to the other compact camera offerings in 2007.

Kodak EasyShare V1003





In the days of film, Kodak was the name in photography - the namesake of 'The Kodak Moment' and makers of the Kodak Brownie. Unfortunately, the company missed the adoption of the digital age and ended up making cameras like the EasyShare V1003. 

Thankfully, Kodak has been rejuivinated as a brand and in 2016 they announced the awesome and beautiful Kodak EXTRA Smartphone, hopefully the beginning of things anew for Kodak lovers around the world.

However, with the EasyShare V1003, Kodak were more focused on making a camera that looked visually appealing (and marketed it accordingly at women). Cnet.com described the V1003 as a 'candy bar' shaped camera

Unfortunately, the EasyShare V1003 did actually have a 10 megapixel sensor - which should, in theory, deliver decent images. Except, according to CNET, it was just such a nightmare to use and didn't exactly produce decent results either; probably because, like with the HP Photosmart R837, Kodak had squeezed 10 megapixels onto a 1inch CCD sensor - making it a loser in the 'Great Megapixel Race' of 2007.


Looking Forward To 2017




We're looking forward to 2017 now though; there are rumours of some major product launches from the big names this year, and we've already had the Panasonic Lumix GH5 - which sets an excellent tone for the year ahead. 

2 comments:

Unknown said...

I have a D300 and it's still a very good camera!

Dudley said...

I too still use a D300 and have no complaints whatsoever. A very capable piece of equipment delivering great images.

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