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What does the "D" in all camera bodies mean?
« on: September 17, 2012, 12:35:54 PM »
I've been thinking about this for a little while now, but I still don't know the answer.
What does the "D" actually mean in camera model names such as 5D, 7D, 6D, 550D, D7000, D800, D90 and so on?

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What does the "D" in all camera bodies mean?
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Re: What does the "D" in all camera bodies mean?
« Reply #1 on: September 17, 2012, 12:48:26 PM »
Digital!
When we had film Cameras like the Rebel, there was no "D".  Canon and others added the "D" to help users know it was digital.
Now that almost everything is digital, its really unnecessary, but in 1995, it was a good idea.

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Re: What does the "D" in all camera bodies mean?
« Reply #2 on: September 17, 2012, 01:15:05 PM »
Aha. I see. Thanks! :)

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Re: What does the "D" in all camera bodies mean?
« Reply #3 on: September 17, 2012, 02:25:05 PM »
I've been thinking about this for a little while now, but I still don't know the answer.
What does the "D" actually mean in camera model names such as 5D, 7D, 6D, 550D, D7000, D800, D90 and so on?

/Michael

wow! I was really sure someone was just trolling :) New in the game? :)

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Re: What does the "D" in all camera bodies mean?
« Reply #4 on: September 17, 2012, 05:43:53 PM »
I saw a comment somewhere (honestly can't remember) about the zzD line kind of nearing its end. As in we're at 60D now, with only 70, 80, 90 remaining.

Maybe Canon will go back to no 'D' when that happens so to restart the line.

Digital!
When we had film Cameras like the Rebel, there was no "D".  Canon and others added the "D" to help users know it was digital.
Now that almost everything is digital, its really unnecessary, but in 1995, it was a good idea.
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Re: What does the "D" in all camera bodies mean?
« Reply #5 on: September 23, 2012, 09:18:33 AM »
Nikon is doing the same, only putting the 'D' up front  ::)
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Re: What does the "D" in all camera bodies mean?
« Reply #6 on: September 24, 2012, 09:11:01 PM »
D = damn

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Re: What does the "D" in all camera bodies mean?
« Reply #7 on: September 24, 2012, 09:26:37 PM »
Nikon is doing the same, only putting the 'D' up front  ::)

But nikon already had F in theirs, F1, F2, F90, etc.
I think at the time it meant 'F for F Mount', but now it's just as easy to think of it as 'F for Film'
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Re: What does the "D" in all camera bodies mean?
« Reply #8 on: September 24, 2012, 11:16:55 PM »
Do I need to say what Nikon 'F' mean too?

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Re: What does the "D" in all camera bodies mean?
« Reply #9 on: September 25, 2012, 01:36:18 AM »
"D" is is the first letter of the whole acronym, which maybe in several years finally fully appears there. It's going slowly towards "DxO" word. 1 Dx is almost there, the rest still far away. Future models maybe finally will catch the desired standard.

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Re: What does the "D" in all camera bodies mean?
« Reply #10 on: September 25, 2012, 01:47:16 AM »
I look forward to the day when someone is at the store and the sales person asks, "would you like to see the 9D or the 90D?"

What... did I stutter??

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Re: What does the "D" in all camera bodies mean?
« Reply #11 on: September 25, 2012, 02:36:21 AM »
I look forward to the day when someone is at the store and the sales person asks, "would you like to see the 9D or the 90D?"

What... did I stutter??

I'd like to know what will be the successor to the 90D ,which will probably launch in around 2025, if the period between x0D bodies is 4 years, and the successor to the 950D which will launch in 2019, assuming Canon launches a new xx0D body every year.

Maybe all the current members of the Canon product marketing department plan to be elsewhere by then.....
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Re: What does the "D" in all camera bodies mean?
« Reply #12 on: September 25, 2012, 03:35:48 AM »
Nikon is doing the same, only putting the 'D' up front  ::)


Except that the D30/D60 have already been used.  I still have my D30, I occasionally dust it off to see far we have come.
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Re: What does the "D" in all camera bodies mean?
« Reply #12 on: September 25, 2012, 03:35:48 AM »

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Re: What does the "D" in all camera bodies mean?
« Reply #13 on: September 25, 2012, 11:05:03 AM »
Darn.

Devious.

Digital.

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Re: What does the "D" in all camera bodies mean?
« Reply #14 on: September 25, 2012, 11:23:32 AM »
D is for DECADENT and if you want proof...then simply look at your sales receipt! ;)

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Re: What does the "D" in all camera bodies mean?
« Reply #14 on: September 25, 2012, 11:23:32 AM »