As I was flipping through my now 120GB+ iPhoto library I realized that my family is now on our 4th digital camera. Above is the oldest photo I have. This was taken with my wife’s (then girlfriend) Olympus C-830L1. That was back in December of 1999.
Fast forward to today and here’s a shot taken with our newest camera.
Because I like visualizing information, I made a chart comparing all of our past cameras resolution against our most recent.
This chart shows a 1:1 scale comparison between that first camera and our most recent – a Nikon D800. That’s a pretty substantial increase in megapixels. That’s to be expected, as we’ve gone from basic point-and-shoots to full-body DSLRs over the past 13 years. While megapixels aren’t the only improvement made since 19992, this is just one way of visualizing the dramatic improvements in digital photography since I started.
1.3 to 36.3 megapixels of history. I’ve loved every camera and I’m excited to see how things look in another 12 years!
This neat tool that compares sensor size (another measure of improved image quality) doesn’t list our previous camera – a Nikon D40. The closest comparison is to the D3100, which still makes you go, whoa! Update: As Ekdal points out below, this site shows a direct comparison of sensor size between the two Nikons.↩