Why are DSLR bodies bigger than film era SLR?

Started Jan 7, 2012 | Discussions thread
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Digetydog
Digetydog Senior Member • Posts: 1,458
Re: One of the reasons I am still shooting film

Think about what was in a film camera and what is now in a DLSR.

  • When film went away, cameras lost the mechanics necessary to deal with film (2 spools, film handler in middle, and maybe an automatic winder and its batteries.

  • While a DLSR doesn't need the room/weight for those things, it gained heavy batteries, slots for cards (I can get hundreds of shots on my DLRS while a film camera was limited to 24(ish)), a LCD in the back, and electronics sufficient to edit photos on the back of my camera.

Finally, lightweight, small DLSR's are available. They just give up some of the features of a D3/4.

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