A brief history of digital cameras


My superb digital cameras

Looking behind and comparing the old cameras with the modern ones is a great way of appreciating the nice technology that we nowadays have.

2004 – Kodak EasyShare CX7310

My first one:

Kodak digital Esyshare CX 7310
Kodak digital Esyshare CX 7310

This Kodak featured:

A image sensor of 1/2.7″ interline transfer CCD, 4:3 aspect ratio, 2.6 µm square pixel, RGB Bayer CFA, 3.3 MP including optical black pixels

Lens: Combination glass/plastic
Aperture f/4.5
Focal Length 37 mm (35 mm equivalent)
Focus Distance Standard Wide: 0.8 m to infinity
Image size of up to 3.2 MP, low compression
2080 x 1544, 1/8 JPEG compressed
When Ángel Febrero explained me how his compact digital camera could take indoor pictures without flash, I decided that it was time that my Kodak EasyShare CX7310 enjoyed a honorable retirement.

I needed a camera capable of:

  • take portraits under poor lighting condions, without flash and with a low level of noise
  • have at least 7 Megapixels
  • have a lot of preset scene modes
  • capable of recording video clips of at least 640 x 380 pixels, 15 fps and audio

I found that this camera met these requirements: Olympus mju 1000 specifications.

2007 – Olympus µ [mju:] 1000

Olympus mju 1000

So I decided to splash out in a terrific camera.

Sensor size: 1/1.8” 10.4 Million Pixels
Filter array primary colour filter (RGB)

Olympus lens 7.4 to 22.2 mm, f2.8 to 4.7
(equivalent to 35 to 105 mm on a 35 mm camera)

Image size of up to 3648 x 2736  SHQ / HQ

Its optical x3 zoom was really nice.

2015 – Panasonic Lumix TZ60

The screen of the mju 1000 got broken. The card did still record pictures but focusing was negated.

I considered my first camera with Leica-lenses, a Lumix.

The TZ70 has a better or larger sensor than the T60, an older model, but the latter’s GPS tagging got my ticket.

Panasonic Lumix TZ60
Panasonic Lumix TZ60

Sensor size 1/2.3-type High Sensitivity MOS Sensor / Total Pixel Number 18.9 Megapixels / Primary Color Filter

Focal Length f = 4.3 – 129mm (24 – 720mm in 35mm equiv.)

Image size of up to [4:3] 4896×3672 (18M) / 4000×3000 (12M EZ)

Showing off its x30 zoom to friends is one of the great joys of this little monster. It turned me into a trophy hunter as in:

xkcd: Superzoom
xkcd: Superzoom

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