DSLR a brief history of prices, rising?

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Are camera DSLR body costs rising, stable or falling?

To answer that question I took a look into the past. Checking in on the mid level bodies from Canon since the introduction of the venerable 3.1 megapixel D30 way back in 2000.

I created a table of a brief history of Canon DSLR introduction dates and their pricing at the time of introduction.
Not including the top end 1D series and low end Rebel series.
Basically cut the top and bottom off,  just looking at the middle so called prosumer level bodies.

The table lists the Canon DSLR “Manufacturer Suggester Retail Prices” in the USA at time of their announcements.
Which surprisingly seems to have remained fairly stable over the years for each series of bodies.

If you factor in the ever rising inflation rate the actual cost of the bodies has in fact been slightly decreasing! Right along with the decreasing buying power of the mighty dollar as the years advance.

Body Month Year Suggested Price Megapixels Processor
D30May2000 MSRP US$3,500 3.1mp -
D60February2002 MSRP US$2,199 6.3mp -
10DFebruary2003 MSRP US$1,499 6.3mpDIGIC
20DAugust2004 MSRP US$1,499 8.2mpDIGIC ii
30DFebruary2006 MSRP US$1,399 8.2mpDIGIC ii
40DAugust2007 MSRP US$1,299 10.2mpDIGIC iii
50DAugust2008 MSRP US$1,399 15.2mpDIGIC 4
60DAugust2010 MSRP US$1,099 18.0mpDIGIC 4
70DJuly2013 MSRP US$1,199 20.2mpDIGIC 5+
80DFebruary2016 MSRP US$1,199 24.2mpDIGIC 6
77DFebruary2017 MSRP US$899 24.2mpDIGIC 7
7DSeptember2009 MSRP US$1,699 18.0mpdual DIGIC 4
7D mkiiSeptember2014 MSRP US$1,799 20.2mpdual DIGIC 6
6DSeptember2012 MSRP US$2,099 20.2mpDIGIC 5+
6D mkiiJune2017 MSRP US$1,999 26.2mpDIGIC 7
5DAugust2005 MSRP US$3,299 12.8mpDIGIC ii
5D mkiiSeptember2008 MSRP US$2,699 21.1mpDIGIC 4
5D mkiiiMarch2012 MSRP US$3,299 22.3mpDIGIC 5+
5D mkiv August2016 MSRP US$3,499 30.1mpDIGIC 6+
5DSFebruary2015 MSRP US$3,699 50.6mpdual DIGIC 6
5DSrFebruary2016 MSRP US$3,899 50.6mpdual DIGIC 6


The Photographers stages of being.

The Photographers stages of being.

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stage 1 “The Complete Newbie”

Knows they want to take pictures but have no idea how to go about it.

stage 2 “The Interested Beginner”

Knows there is more to photography they begin the process of learning and spend time looking to forums & groups to help grow their skills.

stage 3 “The Obsessive Amateur”

Has a growing evolving kit of equipment.
They spend large amount of time pouring over manufacturer equipment specs and arguing over even the most trivial of details on forums.
They become overly obsessed with the equipment IQ capabilities.
Unfortunately while sidetracked by all the neat equipment available to them they do not spend much time actually growing their skills by working on task of image making.

stage 4 “The Image Maker”

Realizes the equipment is just a tool, a necessary evil.
They finally embark on the real journey of understanding light and imagining. They have a tendency to become a bit reclusive while chasing their new found vision and drop off from or become infrequent visitors to on-line communities in favor of actually working on their skills of producing images.

stage 5 “The Master”

at the zenith of their abilities they reach the Zen of image making.
They become one with the image making process and their equipment (Anyone who believes they have reached this stage, have not!)

stage 6 “There is no stage 6”

By far most people who embark on the photographic journey appear to progress fairly quickly from stage 1 through stage 2 to stage 3 where many tend to get stuck.
They become mired down in trying to understand all the wonderful equipment that keeps appearing on the market for them to obtain.

Many fortunately eventually escape the bling and flash of all the new kit after a while, and get back on track of becoming a proficient image maker.

Though not all make it to stage 4, their hobby becomes the photo equipment in itself. Which is fine, especially if you are a photo equipment manufacturer!

Stage 5 is a myth, no one ever actually gets to this point though some have gotten very close!