Unboxing ain’t what it used to be: I review cameras for living, and I’m glad cameras come in less packaging than they used to

Unboxing a new camera
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I review cameras and technology for a living, so I love an unboxing experience. Unboxing cameras and technology in general has been one of my favorite things about the job I’m fortunate enough to do. But unboxing a new camera is even more special when you don’t do it for a living and when the camera is one you’ve saved up for and purchased yourself. 

I remember unboxing the first Canon DSLR that I’d bought, the EOS 40D. Back in 2007, when that camera was released, it came with the iconic black and red embroidered EOS Digital neck strap, a battery charger and power cable, a USB cable, a manual, a video cable and a disc with Canon’s RAW conversion software. Everything was wrapped in plastic, keeping it shiny and fresh. I treasured every item. After reading the manual and installing Digital Photo Professional, I put the accessories back in the box. When it was time to upgrade, I passed the camera to a friend’s sister, box and all, so that she could enjoy unboxing her camera, just as I had.

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Jon Devo

Jon is a gadget reviewer, content creator and influencer. He spends his time reviewing products, covering technology news, giving talks on content strategy and creating content in partnership with a wide variety of forward-thinking brands. He also contributes to commercial radio, as well as in national print newspapers and magazines.