Camera designs tend not to move far from conservative, regardless of manufacturer. Automatic compactors are usually box-shaped, and digital SLRs, well, they look like digital SLRs. But from time to time manufacturers get crazy and come up with strange ideas, such as Samsung's Galaxy S4 Zoom, Ricoh's GXR or Canon PowerShot N. However, taking a look at the history of digital cameras, we realized that manufacturers were not always against lateral thinking, especially during the first days of digital, when they were just trying to discover what to do with this new technology. Here is a look at several rare cameras of the past some innovative, some more radical than others and other major failures that went beyond the standards.
Sony Digital Mavica MVC-FD5
The Mavica is a series originated in the 80's. It was one of the first electronic cameras without film and recorded images in a Floppy Video. In 1997, the Mavica became digital with the MVC-FD5 model. In addition to having a 47mm fixed lens, f / 2.0 aperture and a CCD sensor capable of producing a resolution of 640 x 480, its most interesting feature was that it used 3.5-inch flexible disks the same ones used by the computers of the time, with What you can transfer the photos to your PC easily. The Digital Mavica lasted until 2000 and its latest models recorded on compact discs of 8 cm. When the industry switched to flash memories, the end of Mavica came.
Will you find it on eBay? You can find several models whose prices start at $ 1 dollar, although its functionality is questionable.
Canon PowerShot 30 / 30T
Despite the name PowerShot, which Canon uses for a huge range of automatic compacts, the PowerShot 30 of 1996 was more webcam than anything else. The device was a PC card with a camera on one end that turned 270 degrees and could be used for video conferences. While the camera of the model 30 remained fixed on one side of the card, the model 30T had a wired connection that allows the user to move it to achieve a better angle. Both models have a resolution of 640 x 480, a fixed lens of 5.7mm, f / 2.8 and ISO 100. Outside the Canon online camera museum it is difficult to find information about the PowerShot 30, which makes us wonder if even They became available to the public.
Will you find it on eBay? We didn't find any, it's weird!
Nikon Coolpix SQ
In 2003, Nikon brought us the Coolpix SQ, a 3 megapixel camera in which half of the body rotates to reveal the lens. His press release said: The Coolpix SQ is a digital camera for trend markers and opinion leaders for whom style is of the utmost importance and who are looking for new and daring ways to mark their personal style. The Coolpix SQ was not the only Nikon with a rotating lens. Before it there was the Coolpix 900, followed by other models such as the Coolpix 2500, the Coolpix S10 VR and the Coolpix 4500. Too bad, but judging by the lack of rotating lenses in the current Coolpix, we assume that the trend markers and Opinion leaders did not like the design.
Will you find it on eBay? We found some 2500s (all in less than $ 50 dollars) and an SQ with a Cmpralo price now of $ 350 dollars.
Kodak EasyShare V570
In terms of appearance, the 5 megapixel V570 (2006) was not so different from today's compact ones. However, behind the metal cover was a unique feature: two lenses. One could capture 23mm angle shots while the other had a 3x zoom, and each had its own sensor. Although Kodak failed to survive in the digital world, perhaps the V570 simply got ahead of its time. After all, phones with two lenses are now considered high-end badges.
Will you find it on eBay? Very limited and expensive.
Pentax seems to love the concept of detachable cameras. In 1996, the company introduced the Ei-C90, a 0.43 megapixel camera (768 x 560) with a viewfinder unit that separates from the camera. Since the screen is now an integral part of a digital camera, it is easy to see why this concept never succeeded. Although the Ei-C90 has long since died out, the idea is still alive: Ricoh, currently the owner of Pentax, sells the GXR, which includes a viewfinder / body component that allows you to make exchanges between entire cameras.
Will you find it on eBay? There was an instruction of the Ei-C90 for $ 20 dollars, but that's it.
Apple QuickTake 100
Although Apple is now better known for its mobile devices and computers, in the 1990s it was one of the first pioneers in digital photography with the QuickTake 100 (1994). This camera, which was in fact manufactured by Kodak, had a resolution of 640 x 480 and 1MB of internal storage (about eight photos at full resolution). Unlike today's digital cameras, you hold it as if it were a pair of binoculars. Like most Apple products of that time, it was expensive: $ 750 dollars. Only two models (150 and 200) followed before the series was discontinued. When Steve Jobs returned to Apple in 1997, the company's product portfolio was so saturated that it had to be cleaned, and QuickTake did not survive.
Will you find it on eBay? There are some available for between $ 50 and $ 100 dollars.
Olympus Camedia C-1400L / C-1000L
If you mix a camcorder with an SLR, you probably end up with something similar to the 1997 Olympus Camedia C-1400L / C-1000L. The C-1400L was a fixed-lens digital SLR using a progressive high resolution super-CCD sensor. 1.4 megapixels 2/3 inch (850k pixels and 1/2 inch on the C-1000L) and a 3x optical zoom. Although the Camedia is ahead of its time, it includes some features that we continue to see in cameras, such as a color LCD screen (1.8 inches) and removable flash memory (SmartMedia).
Will you find it on eBay? Currently it is very likely that you will find a cheap Camedia, although the serial number varies.
The QX1 seems as if Sony had forgotten to do the rest of the camera, being mainly a lens mount and a sensor. Part of the strange Sony QX series, the QX1 allows you to mount a Sony E Mount lens on a phone. The QX1 sets the sensor and the lens mount, and the phone sets the screen and the operating system, thus obtaining rflex quality with the convenience of an intelligent telephone. Other cameras in the series, such as the Sony QX100, had built-in lenses. With the preponderance of normal cameras that offer Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, the QX series has come to an end, although you can still find them used.
Will you find it on eBay? It is very likely, but expects to disburse more than $ 500 dollars.
Although the DxO One has the same sensor as the Sony QX100, the design of this discontinued camera is totally different. Instead of putting a camera on a phone like a dog, the DxO One was mounted on the side, as if it were a small PC tower attached to a phone. This camera, being rotatable, had greater flexibility with respect to the angle of the screen without having to alter the angle of the shot. The DxO was physically connected to the telephone, avoiding the delays of the wireless connection, but that was not enough to save it.
Will you find it on eBay? It is very likely, and at a good price, in addition.
Sigma SD Quattro
Rare designs are not limited to the cameras of the past. The Sigma SD Quattro is possibly the digital camera with the most interchangeable lenses currently on the market. While most mirrorless cameras have an appearance inspired by digital SLRs or classic cameras, the SD Quattro has a unique shape. The design also feels a bit more military than glamorous. And although the rare design and some flaws in the user experience will not make it a popular camera, the images it captures are extraordinary.
Will you find it on eBay? Forget about buying a used one: you can still get this new curiosity.