Fifteen years ago I created the Digital Camera Resource Page with the goal of helping regular people find the right camera for their needs. The site started off slow, but soon the camera market picked up, and things took off. At the peak of the digital camera revolution, three million people per month were visiting the DCRP.
Later in the decade, things started to slow down dramatically. The economy wasn't doing well. People weren't upgrading to a new camera as often. The smartphone became the preferred photo tool for many. That reduced the number of visitors to this website, and revenue soon followed. In 2011, the amount of money coming in every month was less than my living expenses, web hosting, and other costs of doing business. I've been draining my savings account for the last 18 months to see if things would improve, but unfortunately they have not. Thus, it is with a heavy heart that I announce that the Digital Camera Resource Page will be closing its virtual doors at the end of the year. This was an incredibly difficult decision -- this site has been "my baby" since 1997 -- but I feel that it was the right one for me to make, both personally and professionally.
The good news is that I will still be writing camera reviews. Starting in late February, I will be working as a Senior Editor for Digital Photography Review, a site that needs no introduction. I'm hoping that DCRP readers will continue to enjoy reading my reviews there, now backed with more rigorous testing and analysis. I'm humbled to have the opportunity to work with the incredibly talented group of people at DPReview to make it an even better site.
The current plan is to leave the DCRP website online for the foreseeable future for archival purposes.
Our forums will switch to a read-only format in the second quarter of 2013, and there will be a private forum on dpreview.com for our forum members to join. Update: I've decided to keep our forums online indefinitely.
The first camera I reviewed on the website was the Ricoh RDC-4200, which had a 1.3 Megapixel sensor, rotating lens (remember those?), and 1.8" LCD. My final review will be of the 16 Megapixel, 10X (non-rotating) optical zoom, Android-powered Nikon Coolpix S800c. What a ride it has been.
A huge thanks to all the readers who have visited over the last fifteen years -- your support has been immeasurable. I hope you'll join me over at DPReview next year!
- Jeff Keller
PS - if you'd like to share your thoughts, you can do so in our feedback forum, on our Facebook page, or privately via e-mail.