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20 year old camera

I have a Ricoh RDC 5000 that cost my dad £500 in 1999. I realise £500 may not be top end in the camera world but it's a lot more than I'd ever have spent.

Is this something that is worth keeping or has technology advanced so that my phone camera will take better photos. I'm not a keen photographer but I take the odd holiday snap.
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  • pblakeneypblakeney Posts: 24,617
    edited July 2021
    Modern phone will be better.
    Try it and compare for yourself. Nothing to lose.
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  • photonic69photonic69 Posts: 2,208
    In a word - No. Even an old iPhone 7 has 12MP camera. That has 2.3MP camera. There is no point to keep it except for sentimental reasons. Hence I have about 37 old cameras in my cupboard!
  • briantrumpetbriantrumpet Posts: 16,499
    Even if it's a good lens, everything has moved on massively - image chips, the inbuilt software etc. A modern £200 compact will probably have really good image stabilisation, a 30x optical zoom, macro, etc., and will take better pictures.

    I paid about £1000 for my first desktop, with its 1.2Gb hard drive and Windows 95... it was fine for the time, but now...? Nope.
  • DeVlaeminckDeVlaeminck Posts: 8,685
    Ok thought that might be the case ! Thanks
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  • briantrumpetbriantrumpet Posts: 16,499
    I know a photographer who paid about £3000 for an early digital scanner... that wasn't a great investment, in retrospect...
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