Properly "classic" digital cameras (and imaging)
pdp11 at saccade.com
Mon Jun 4 05:07:51 CDT 2007
If you fudge "digital" camera to "electronic", my
first goes back a bit further, to '91 or
so. Canon offered something call the "Xapshot".
It was a still video camera that stored the
-analog- signal of a single video frame on a
track of a small 1.5" microfloppy drive. It held
50 frames on one of those little floppies, though
the picture quality degraded a bit on the inner
tracks because the disk spun at a constant
speed. You "uploaded" the photos by digitizing
the image with a video card like the RasterOps 364.
The little floppies gave the Xapshot one huge
advantage over the actual digital cameras of the
day - you could travel with it! The other
"consumer" cameras of the era didn't have
removable storage, and had to be emptied out at a
computer after just a dozen pictures or so.
The Xapshot did take color photos, but the
quality was pretty grim, about 320x240 resolution
accompanied by various analog video
artifacts. It was a fun toy for the time, but I
regret taking it on a European vacation in
'92...all I have to show for the trip now is
tiny, murky stills. A $50 35mm point 'n shoot
would've done a much better job. Sony sold a
similar still-video camera line called the
"Mavica" (MAgnetic VIdeo CAmera). The Mavica
line later morphed from still-video to true
digital, storing the photos on 3.5" floppies.
I no longer have the Xapshot...I sold it to a collector in the late '90s.
> > My oldest is not quite there--a Mustek VDC-300 from 1998....
>That jogs my memory, my first digital camera was
>a Mustek VDC-100. I bought it second hand in
>1998 for £50, it was already a couple of years old then.
>It was truly awful....
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