All the way from Australia, Margaret Brown of Photo Review gave what in our view was the best review of the 2021 Consumer Electronics Show: a yawn coupled with a shrug. Her five-paragraph piece was more than enough. For the first time in recent memory, there were no new cameras. Nikon sent a 2020 corporate profile. Canon had marketing guys – worse, American marketing guys – talk about “how we see our future,” which someone should have told them is only made harder without new cameras.

At least there was less superspreading than the 2020 CES. When the history major electronics and photography trade shows is written, many will blame the pandemic for taking the energy out of the market for these years, but perhaps some will remember: they failed to bring any new cameras.