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Sony Cyber-shot F717 retro review

02 Feb 2024 Gordon Laing

Back in 2002, Sony launched the Cyber-shot F717, the fourth model in the series to use an L-shaped design with a twisting body. It built on the earlier F707 to deliver one of the best in the series to date and gained later popularity for its infra-red capabilities. Find out how it performs 22 years later in my retro review!

Black Friday best camera deals 2023

22 Nov 2023 Gordon Laing

It's that time of year when we're bombarded by bargain offers, so I've sifted through the deals to find the best buys on Canon gear!

Canon EOS D30 RETRO review

30 Oct 2023 Gordon Laing

The EOS D30 was the first DSLR built entirely by Canon. Teased in the Year 2000 and sporting 3.25 Megapixels, it was ground-breakingly affordable. Find out its story and how it performs 23 years later in my latest retro review!

Canon PowerShot Pro70 RETRO review

16 Oct 2023 Gordon Laing

The Canon Pro70 was the first PowerShot aimed at pros and enthusiasts who couldn’t stretch to the cost of DSLRs of the day. It sported 1.7MP, a 28-70 zoom, flip screen and RAW files, packed into an SLR-styled body. I took it out 25 years later for this retro review!

Solar Eclipse Photography

02 Oct 2023 Gordon Laing

A Total Solar Eclipse is one of nature's most spectacular sights: as the Moon passes between the Earth and Sun it gradually obscures the disc until the faint wispy Coronal atmosphere is revealed! I've photographed three Total Solar Eclipses and in my guide will explain everything I've learned!

Sony Cyber-shot F707 RETRO review

07 Aug 2023 Gordon Laing

The Sony Cyber-shot F707 launched in 2001 with 5 Megapixels, a 5x zoom, a distinctive L-shaped body, and it could even see in the dark. 22 years later I take it for a spin!

How to photograph fireworks

30 Jun 2023 Gordon Laing

Firework displays can be spectacular but present a number of challenges to capture in-camera. In my simple guide I'll share my tips and techniques for photographing fireworks!

Olympus CAMEDIA C-800L retro review

13 Mar 2023 Gordon Laing

Back in 1996, Olympus launched their first consumer digital cameras under the new CAMEDIA brand, including the flagship C-800L. It looked traditional but packed more pixels and memory than most rivals. Here's its story!

Apple QuickTake 100 retro review

02 Mar 2023 Gordon Laing

The Apple QuickTake 100 was arguably the first consumer digital camera, taking VGA colour photos and costing under $1000 when launched in 1994. Join me almost 30 years later as I experience the birth of consumer digital photography!

Sony Cyber-shot DSC F505 retro review

23 Feb 2023 Gordon Laing

Sony's Cyber-shot DSC F505 was one of the most innovative cameras of its day, with a twistable L-shaped body. 24 years after it was launched, I find out if it remains a favourite!

Nikon COOLPIX 950 retro review

14 Oct 2022 Gordon Laing

Back in 1999, Nikon launched not one, but two legendary digital cameras: the D1 DSLR and the COOLPIX 950. In this retro review I try out the 950 23 years later!

Nikon D1 retro review

30 Aug 2022 Gordon Laing

In 1999, Nikon launched the D1, the first DSLR the company entirely designed by itself. 23 years later I take this 2.7 Megapixel classic out for a retro review!

How to backup photos

02 Aug 2022 Gordon Laing

In this article I’ll show you how I backup my photos, videos and other precious files, using a combination of portable drives and cloud storage.

Best lens for a vintage DSLR?

10 May 2022 Gordon Laing

Join me as I track down an ideal lens for Nikon's first DSLR, the D1! I narrowed my choices to a pair of older 35mm models and in this article and video I compare them head-to-head!

Nintendo GameBoy Camera retro review

04 May 2022 Gordon Laing

This retro review is dedicated to arguably the weirdest digital camera of the 90s, and certainly the most fun: it’s time to take a look at the Nintendo GameBoy Camera, 24 years later!

Sony Cyber-shot P1 retro review

30 Mar 2022 Gordon Laing

In the Year 2000, Sony launched the Cyber-shot P1, an impressively compact camera with 3.3 Megapixels and a 3x zoom that neatly folded into the candy-bar-styled body. In 2022 I take it out around Brighton for my latest retro review!

Olympus CAMEDIA C-2000 Z retro review

02 Feb 2022 Gordon Laing

The Olympus C-2000 Z was a compact from 1999, featuring a 3x zoom, 2.1 MP sensor, and fine control over exposure. 23 years later I rescued a neglected sample from an antique shop and in this post will show you why it received rave reviews back in the day!

First 10000 photos are your worst

08 Jan 2022 Gordon Laing

The renowned photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson famously said ‘Your first 10,000 photos are your worst’. Having just gone through my first decade’s worth - over 5000 prints - I’m inclined to agree. In this post I’ll share my journey and what that quote means in the digital World.

Canon PowerShot Pro1 retro review

30 Nov 2021 Gordon Laing

Canon’s PowerShot Pro1 launched in February 2004 as the pinnacle of its fixed-lens prosumer camera series, featuring 8 Megapixels, a flip-out screen, and the first PowerShot lens branded by the red ring of the flagship L-series. 18 years later I take it out for a retro review!

Nikon COOLPIX 300 retro review

07 Nov 2021 Gordon Laing

Launched in 1996, the Nikon COOLPIX 300 was more than just a digital camera. Sure it could capture 0.3 MP images, but also let you jot notes or record voice memos. In this retro review, I tried out the COOLPIX 300, 25 years after its launch!

Sony Mavica MVC FD5 retro review

04 Oct 2021 Gordon Laing

Back in 1997 Sony had a cunning plan: forget expensive cards, built-in memory or non-standard ports, the new Digital MAVICAs would record photos onto standard 3.5in floppies! 24 YEARS later I retro-review the first model!

Sony Cyber-shot S70 retro review

17 Sep 2021 Gordon Laing

In early 2000, Sony launched the Cyber-shot S70, packing the latest 3 Megapixel sensor with a Carl Zeiss-branded zoom and a wealth of features at a price that undercut most rivals. It became my first digital camera and 21 years later I've powered-it up for my latest retro review!

Canon PowerShot G1 retro review

23 Jul 2021 Gordon Laing

In October 2000, Canon launched the PowerShot G1, the first in a series of hugely popular cameras aimed at enthusiasts that continues over two decades later. Find out the story behind it 21 years later!

Nikon COOLPIX 100 retro review

02 Jul 2021 Gordon Laing

In 1996 Nikon entered the consumer digital camera market with the COOLPIX 100. It cost $500, had one third of a Megapixel and was built-into an industry-standard PCMCIA card, so you could simply slot the camera into a compatible laptop. 25 years later I review it once more!

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