A look back at our first digital single lens reflex camera from 2003 and how things have changed since: 20 years of DSLR cameras.
Above: the Canon EOS 10D from 2003. One of the first high-quality, affordable digital single lens reflex cameras that brought us to where we are today.
Twenty years ago, in 2003...
Then vs. Now: Fun facts
The Canon 10D used a single Compact Flash memory card. The one I purchased with my 10D body in June, 2003, cost $175 for a 512 megabyte capacity. Let’s compare to today.
Spoiler alert: memory costs, byte-for-byte, around 2000 times less today than 20 years ago. The standard card for the cameras we currently use are 128 gigabyte, and cost just under $22. So, the card has a capacity that’s 256 times greater while costing 8 times less, making the “per megabyte” storage cost 2,026 times lower. Expressed another way, the 50 or so of these SD memory cards I now use, if memory cards were as expensive per megabyte today as it did in 2003, would cost, adjusted for inflation, $3.3 million dollars (!). Instead of about $1,500 as they did. That’s kind of hard to process, even at the surface.