Retro cameras and DSLRs… is the camera industry going backwards?

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(Image credit: Ricoh • Nikon)

November has been a wild month for new cameras. What's really wild, though, is that arguably the two most noteworthy ones are throwback cameras – and it makes me wonder if going forwards actually means going backwards.

This month saw the introduction of a frankly silly number of new cameras: the Canon EOS R6 Mark II, Sony A7R V, Fujifilm X-T5 and OM System OM-5 – not to mention the GoPro Hero11 Black Mini and DJI Mavic 3 Classic

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James Artaius

The editor of Digital Camera World, James has 21 years experience as a journalist and started working in the photographic industry in 2014 (as an assistant to Damian McGillicuddy, who succeeded David Bailey as Principal Photographer for Olympus). In this time he shot for clients like Aston Martin Racing, Elinchrom and L'Oréal, in addition to shooting campaigns and product testing for Olympus, and providing training for professionals. This has led him to being a go-to expert for camera and lens reviews, photo and lighting tutorials, as well as industry news, rumors and analysis for publications like Digital Camera MagazinePhotoPlus: The Canon MagazineN-Photo: The Nikon MagazineDigital Photographer and Professional Imagemaker, as well as hosting workshops and talks at The Photography Show. He also serves as a judge for the Red Bull Illume Photo Contest. An Olympus and Canon shooter, he has a wealth of knowledge on cameras of all makes – and a fondness for vintage lenses and instant cameras.