An interactive data story to present a visual retrospect of digital cameras over the past two decades. With detailed information on nearly 4000 cameras, the visualization of any factor(s) in their technical specification will show the temporal development of related technologies and markets under the animated timeline.

Interesting Findings

Sensor Resolution per Gram Winner: Nokia Lumia 1080 (A Smart Phone!)
Sensor Resolution per Gram Winner: Nokia Lumia 1080 (A Smart Phone!)
Sensor Size per Gram Winner: Sigma fp (The Lightest Fullframe Camera)
Sensor Size per Gram Winner: Sigma fp (The Lightest Fullframe Camera)
Highest Sensor Resolution Ever: Sony a7R IV (Of course it's Sony)
Highest Sensor Resolution Ever: Sony a7R IV (Of course it's Sony)
Sensor Technology: CMOS taking over CCD over two decades
Sensor Technology: CMOS taking over CCD over two decades
Sensor Size Over Time: We had a lot of small cameras (Not Anymore!)
Sensor Size Over Time: We had a lot of small cameras (Not Anymore!)
Lens System: Most big sensor cameras can swap lenses (With Some Exceptions!)
Lens System: Most big sensor cameras can swap lenses (With Some Exceptions!)
Cameras with hi-res screens most likely also have faster USB
Cameras with hi-res screens most likely also have faster USB
Bigger sensor always guarantees external flash supports (professional!)
Bigger sensor always guarantees external flash supports (professional!)
While lighter cameras all come with internal flash (convenient!)
While lighter cameras all come with internal flash (convenient!)

Data Source

All the data used in this project were scraped from Digital Camera Database in May 2020. Check out the raw data here. Details about my scraper scripts can be found here.

Data Type

Basic Information
  • Brand
  • Model Name
  • Release Year

Primary Specifications
  • Sensor Resolution
  • Sensor Size
  • Sensor Type
  • Lens System
  • Weight
  • Body Size
Secondary Specifications
  • Screen Resolution
  • Screen Size
  • ISO Range
  • Shutter Speed Range
  • Raw Support
  • Acquirement of Exposure Modes (Aperture/Shutter Priority)
  • Built-in Flash / External Flash Supports
  • USB Version
  • HDMI
  • Wi-Fi
  • Battery Type

Acknowledgement

This work is completed under the course Critical Data & Visualization taught by Leon Eckert at NYU Shanghai.


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