An Upgrade 10+ Years in the Making


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An Upgrade 10+ Years in the Making

One of the things that I’ve learned growing up is that technology moves at a breakneck pace. From video games, to movies, to phones, to *insert electronics here*. Some things are more obvious than others, especially when we use an item every day. Phones have progressed light years in the past decade from the first iPhone being released in mid 2007 to the iPhone X in 2017 and then the iPhone 13 just 4 years later in 2021.

The original model had groundbreaking features like being able to take pictures and watch videos, access the internet over a 2G cellular network, which was essentially dial-up, over AT&T the only provider of the iPhone line at the time. The app store hadn’t even been integrated on launch, let alone the customization options of a background. The foundation model came in one color, 3.5″ screen, with 4GB/8GB storage, and a starting price of $499.

Fast forward to our current model of the iPhone, the 13, respectively, we have 3 different version of it: The 13, Pro, and ProMax. For sake of time and typing we’ll compare the top-of-the-line model ProMax to the OG iPhone.

iPhone (2007)

Starting at $499
3.5″ display
480×320 resolution
2MP Camera (Back only)

iPhone 13 ProMax(2021)

Starting at $1199
6.2″ display
2778×1284 resolution
12MP Camera – Wide, Ultra-Wide, Telephoto

Needless to say we’ve come a very long way in all aspects of technology and camera’s are no different. My first full frame camera and current one that I use now are hand-me-downs. The Canon EOS 5D, respectively was my first professional camera that I got from my mother sometime after highschool. It was released in 2005 with a starting price of around $3500 for the body alone and breathtaking 12.8 MP sensor that still holds its own today, provided you don’t crop your image. Then after returning that to it’s home I was introduced to the Nikon D300s (which now that i’m thinking about it is a lower end camera than the Canon) which was released in 2009 @12.3MP.

Now 12.3MP might not seem like a lot now in 2022 but like I said it holds up pretty well, and on modern devices still looks just fine as previously stated. I’ve used this baby for a couple years and honestly I like the feel of it just a little bit better than the Canon.

With that being said, I’ve since started my own business and felt that I’ve taught myself enough about photography to really deserve and desire more out of my equipment. The Sony A7IV was released this past year and while that’s my dream boat with all of it’s amazing features, I decided one a slightly cheaper, slightly lower resolution Sony A7C knowing that down the line i’ll either invest in the A7IV or A7RV when it launches and and keep my A7C as a casual shooter and something I can take with me on vacation and not have to sweat carrying a beast of a camera around, after all it is pocket size.

Nikon D300s (2009)

4.5″ x 5.8″ Size
920K Pixel Display (Static)
51 point AF
3D Tracking
17 image burst in .RAW

Sony A7C (2020)

2.8″ x 4.9″ Size
921K Pixel Display (Rotates)
693 phase 425 contrast point AF
Eye AF and Bird-Eye AF
115 image burst in .RAW

Sony A7IV (2021)

3.8″ x 5.2″ Size
33MP Resolution
1.03M Pixel Display (Rotates)
759 phase 425 contrast point .AF
Eye AF and Bird-Eye AF
1K image burst in .RAW

Now one thing is for sure. I honestly can’t complain about not getting the best of the 3 because of a multitude of reason, with the first being i’ll have nearly double the resolution as I did prior, which is exciting in and of itself. Secondly, Eye AF, and Bird-Eye autofocus with over x12 the amound of detection point in the Sony, if I can nail shots with my 12 year old Nikon imagine what I can do with the Sony. And lastly, 115 image burst (who honestly needs 1K bursts?). I’m ecstatic to say the least. With a new line of the best cameras and the best glass on the market, what really is there to stop the momentum?

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