2021 in review: The biggest photo news stories of the year

At the end of last year, 2021 felt as though it could represent a fresh start after a tumultuous year that saw COVID-19 impact nearly every facet of our lives (and the photography industry). As it turns out, despite the widespread availability of safe vaccines (in much if not all of the world), not much was different in 2021. Between the numerous COVID-19 variants, supply chain constraints and the global chip shortage, 2021 almost seems to blur together with 2020.

Still, many new products were announced and even if some were delayed, much progress has been made by nearly every company in the industry, especially on the high-end full-frame front, which saw Canon, Nikon and Sony all release impressive professional cameras that will inevitably push the mirrorless market to the next level.

Let’s take a look at the biggest news stories in the photography world throughout 2021.