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Is it time for a new camera?

Rationally, I know my camera (a Nikon D70) is excellent. It takes wonderful photographs, it still works great after 50,000 shots, and 6.1 megapixels is all the resolution I can use right now. And yet… how nice it would be to upgrade.

These graphs from Flickr’s Camera Finder don’t make it any easier to resist the urge to upgrade. The Camera Finder offers a unique way of browsing cameras and photographs taken by those cameras (based on the EXIF data uploaded with each photograph). Thoughtfully, Flickr also serves up a graph of this year’s usage of each camera model. If you own a Digital Rebel, XT, EOS 20D, or Nikon D70 the data is clear: our days are numbered. :-)

This year’s camera usage by model (data provided by Flickr as of March 12, 2007). Read ’em and weep:

Canon EOS Rebel
Canon EOS Digital Rebel

Canon EOS Rebel XT
Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT

Canon EOS Rebel XTi
Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi

Canon EOS 20D
Canon EOS 20D

Canon EOS 30D
Canon EOS 30D

Nikon D70
Nikon D70

Nikon D200
Nikon D200

Nikon D80
Nikon D80

Nikon D70s
Nikon D70s

D50
Nikon D50

John Watson

John is the original founder of Photodoto, but after running it for 4 years he had to focus on different things. If you're interested in what John has been up to recently, you can check is personal blog or browse his photo blog.
  • Dee Dee

    This is funny. I have a Digital Rebel and my friend just bought an XTi. I have major jealousy. However, I know that the 6.1 megapixels is really enough for me, the amateur.

  • Actually, this would be a great time to pick up one of the old ones, the ones with dx/dy

  • Ok, so here’s some conventional wisdom for you:

    (You know it already.)

    A new camera won’t make your pictures any better.

    A new lens might.

    Learning more about photography and composition probably will.

  • Very true. But if these graphs are proof of anything, it’s that folks love to upgrade. It seems to be part of what makes us human. :-)

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