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This is How Far Canon DSLRs Have Come in the Past 17 Years

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Want to see how the great-grandfather of Canon DSLRs compares to the company’s latest and greatest camera? Photographer Jim Goldstein got his hands on the “ancient” Canon D2000 from 1998 and decided to pit it against the new Canon 5DS R in a shootout. The 10-minute video is a look at how a 17-year-old 2-megapixel DSLR stacks up against a 5-month-old 50-megapixel DSLR.

“I thought it would be interesting to see how far we’ve come,” Goldstein tells PetaPixel.

Here are some shot-by-shot comparisons showing the same scenes and situations captured with both cameras (the 5DS R has a full frame CMOS sensor and the D2000 contains a 1.6x crop factor APS-C CCD sensor):

Canon 5D S

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Canon D2000

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Canon 5D S

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Canon D2000

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Canon 5D S

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Canon D2000

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Canon 5D S

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Canon D2000

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Canon 5D S

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Canon D2000

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Canon 5D S

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Canon D2000

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As you can see, the color rendition of landscape photos during the day is passable at lower resolutions. Shoot long-exposure, high-ISO photos at night, however, and things get pretty bad with the old D2000. Cameras have come a long way in their nighttime photography capabilities.

The video above is the first episode of a new YouTube show by Goldstein titled “All Things Photo.” Head on over and subscribe if you’d like to follow along.


Image credits: Video and photographs by Jim Goldstein and used with permission

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