In Throwback Thursday, we're looking back at the articles we're most proud of from the first eight years of The Solid Signal Blog, and other stuff from the past that we think is cool.
The camera in your phone
is a little circle about a quarter of an inch around. It does a pretty good job when you consider that... it picks up low light, records HD movies and gives you startlingly clear images. Of course it wasn't always like that. Most of us are old enough to remember when a clear picture required a 35mm camera or one even larger like portrait photographers used to use. And even today, DSLRs are an order of magnitude bigger than your phone's camera, and they take better pictures quite simply because they're bigger.
There was a time that it took a truly massive camera to capture a photo, much larger than that iPad the lady next to you is obnoxiously holding up at your kid's recital. Once upon a time, cameras were huge
, although to the people back then they seemed like miracles of miniaturization.
Take a look at this photo essay from our friends at Paleofuture
and you'll see what I mean. Imagine hauling out one of those 900lb. jobs every time you wanted to take a picture. I suppose that's why people didn't take selfies 100 years ago.