Camera size over five decades plus

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Smaug01
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They've found "the right size"
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At first, cameras were mostly pretty bulky. They started miniaturizing them to make them more portable until they got to the point where priorities had to be made:

  • Is compact size more important than a hand-filling grip?
  • Can it get so small that it's uncomfortable to use?
  • Can it get so small that manual or custom functions become awkward?
  • Can we sell cameras for different hand sizes? Is it justified from a business standpoint?
  • Are in-hand ergonomics more important or in-pocket ergonomics?

For this class of camera; namely one for enthusiasts or pros, I think we have found that this is About the Right Size. Big enough to hold comfortably and offer manual controls that are easy to use, but not so big or heavy as to unduly restrict the photographer.

Some prefer more room on the bottom for the pinky finger and add a motor drive or battery grip; to them it's worth the added bulk.

To a happy-snapper, these are both too big and complex, but that's not who we're talking about here.

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