Why are DSLR bodies bigger than film era SLR?

Started Jan 7, 2012 | Discussions thread
Edvinas Senior Member • Posts: 2,812
Re: Why are DSLR bodies bigger than film era SLR?

capanikon wrote:

But DSLRs do not have space on the left side to hold a 35mm roll of film, nor a take-up spool on the right side, nor a pressure plate in the middle!

Pressure plate is very thin, compared to sensor+sensor circuitry and back LCD. And they must be behind focal plane.

Also I forgot about memory cards. Pro DSLRs are using very large CF cards, DSLR must have space to accomodate them. SD cards and smaller APS-C enable manufacturers to make quite small advanced DSLRs (Nikon D700, Pentax K-5). However they still remain thicker than film SLRs because of sensor and back LCD...

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