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DVD PLAYERS - 1996.  Toshiba and Panasonic release the first DVD players 1 November 1966 for the home audience in Japan, the Toshiba SD-3000 (left) and Panasonic A-100 (right). Only ten Japanese disc titles were available, mostly music videos.

http://www.hometheaterforum.com/t/282601/in-the-beginning-dvd-historical-timeline

DICOMED BIGSHOT 4000 Digital Camera Back  – 1996.  Example of a professional studio camera back. Other camera backs of that time had CCD sensors that were smaller than the film apertures of their adopted parent cameras, none being a large as a 35mm film frame. The Dicomed 4000 was the first not only to exceed the 35mm frame size, but also to exceed the 5.6x5.6cm size of a Hasselblad back. Its 6x6cm area array with a mosaic of 4096x4096 pixels (total 16,777,216) was exclusive to Dicomed and overfilled the film aperture of the Hasselblad. The monochrome version was $35,000, sequential color (three exposures) $39,000, one-shot color $55,000. http://www.epi-centre.com/reports/9604cs.html


EPIX PRO (NEC PC-DC401 in Japan)  – 1996.  1/2-inch 640 x 480 pixel CCD.  Type "C" lens mount.  MSRP $1950 (EPix). EPix Imaging changed its name to Obsidian Imaging in 1996 and the camera name to Obsidian IC-100.   http://www.epi-centre.com/reports/9603cs.html


EPSON PhotoPC (Colorio Photo CP-100 in Japan), (Sanyo VPC-G1, Sierra Imaging SD640) – 1996.  640 x 480 pixel CCD.  1MB internal memory.  Fixed-focus 43mm lens.  Shutter 1/30 to 1/10,000 second.  Built-in flash.  Original MSRP was $999, but lowered to $499 making the Epson PhotoPC the first to break the $500 price barrier. http://www.watch.impress.co.jp/pc/docs/article/960902/cp100.htm


EPSON PhotoPC 500 (Colorio Photo CP-200 in Japan) - 1/3-inch 1996.  640 x 480 CCD.  ISO 130.  43mm f/2.8 lens.  Shutter 1/30 to 1/10,000 second.  Built-in flash, video out and autofocus.  MSRP $729.  http://www.informedusa.com/t/epsoncamera10.10.html
http://www.dpreview.com


FUJI CLIP-IT DS-7 (Apple QuickTake 200, Samsung Kenox SSC-350N) - 1996.  640 x 480 pixel CCD.  SmartMedia  memory card.  ISO 100.  Shutter 1/4 to 1/5000 second.  F/2.2 fixed-focus 38mm  lens.  (Some variation in marketing dates, pricing, programming and accessories between brands.)
http://translate.google.com/translate?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.digitalkamera.de%2FKamera.aspx&langpair=de%7Cen&hl=en&ie=UTF-8 Click on camera quick access


FUJI  CLIP-IT DS-8 - 1996.  1/3-inch 640 x 480 pixel CCD.  ISO 100.  Shutter 1/4 to 1/5000 second.  Fixed-focus 38mm f/2.2 lens. http://www1.harenet.ne.jp/~hiharada/plink/pl42/pl4203.htm


FUJI DS-220A - 1996.  1/3-inch 640 x 480 CCD.  ISO 120.  36/72mm f/3.5 lens.  Shutter 1/4 to 1/1000 second.  MSRP $1049.  http://www1.harenet.ne.jp/~hiharada/plink/pl42/pl4204.htm


FUJI HC-2000 - 1996.  A single-exposure digital camera that had three 1.3-million-pixel CCDs (1/3-inch, 1280 x 1002 pixels) that provided improved resolution when compared to cameras that had a single imager for red, green, and blue-sensitive pixels.  The Fuji HC-2000 had shutter speeds of 1/4 to 1/2000 second, an internal frame buffer for up to 12 images, and PC Card storage.  MSRP $19,900. 

htto://www.memory4less.com/confitems.aspx?modelid=9340

FUJI 505A, 5015A - 1996.  See Nikon E2N, E2Ns below.

 


 

HITACHI MP-EG1 / E1A - 1996. Shown in Fall 96, marketed in 1997. World's first digital camera which could output moving pictures to a personal computer in the MPEG format.  1/4-inch 352 x 240  (video) and 704 x 408 (still) pixel CCD.  ISO 110.  3X zoom f/2.4 autofocus lens. $2,400. In 1998 Hitachi marketed and improved version, the MP-EG10 / EG10W, for $999. The 10 / 10W could be purchased as a package with a 360MB PC card hard drive for $1299. The CCD was 360K pixels.
http://photojpn.org/HIST/hist1.html

http://fotonexus.org/kameras/hitachi_releases_new_mpeg_camera_with_enhanced_presentations_features

IMAGETECH 3D fx - 1996. The ImageTech 3D fx is one of several lenticular 3D cameras sold under the ImageTech brand.   Other, more well known lenticular 3D cameras are the Nimslo and the Nishika. All lenticular 3D cameras incorporate multiple lenses to produce multiple images taken simultaneously from slightly different angles. Producing the final lenticular print requires special processing whereby the individual images are sliced up into very thin vertical strips which are then interlaced and covered with a sheet of plastic that has long vertical lenses in it. These lenses focus on different images depending on the viewing angle. When you tilt the lenticular picture back and forth, left and right, you see the original images one at a time which causes the illusion of 3D.   The ImageTech 3D fx incorporated three plastic 27mm lenses, a fixed aperture of /9.5, and a fixed shutter speed of 1/100.

http://www.flickr.com/groups/toycameras/discuss/72157623482454201/




JVC TK-F7300U and KY-F55 - 1966.  Still Video Cameras.   Example of professional camera designed for medical and industrial use.  Single 1/3-inch, 4416 x 3456 pixel CCD.  Price, $9500.

http://pro.jvc.com/pro/users/appl/A1067.htm


KODAK DC20 (Chinon ES-1000)  - 1996.  Shown at Comdex Fall '95, marketed in 1996.  501 x 370 pixel CCD (Chinon) or 493 x 373 pixel CCD (Kodak).  1MB internal memory.  Fixed-focus 6.5mm lens.  Shutter 1/30 to 1/4000 second.  Although specifications were the same, the software for the two cameras varied.  Price, $300 (Chinon), $560 (Kodak).

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kodak_DC_Series


KODAK DC-25 - 1996.  493 x 373 pixel CCD.  ISO 800.  Shutter 1/20 to 1/4000 second.  Fixed-focus,  47mm f/4 lens. The DC-25 was the first digital camera to use removable Compact Flash.  MSRP $499.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kodak_DC_Series


 
 

KODAK DC-120 - 1996.  1280 x 960 pixel CCD.   ISO 120.  Shutter 16 to 1/500 second.  38mm to 114 mm autofocus f/2.5 zoom lens.  First 1 megapixel camera to break the $1,000 price barrier. MSRP $799. Daniel Welsh, Digital Images Direct from Reality, 15 March 2000.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kodak_DC_Series



KODAK DCS-410 - 1996.  Based on Nikon N90s.  1012 x 1524 pixel CCD.  ISO 100.  Could accommodate most Nikon lenses and accessories.  It used the same Kodak 1.5-million-pixel CCD as the $11,000 DCS 420 (1994), which had a resolution of 1524 x1012 pixels.  It was the only midrange filmless camera that featured a color depth of 36 bits.  The N90s body had a built-in microphone that let the photographer annotate each frame with shooting information, which was then saved as a .WAV file.  MSRP $7995.

http://www.multimania.com/ncf/N2BE10.html

 

KODAK DCS-425 / 435 - 1996.  Based on the Nikon Nikonos RS. Developed for the U.S. Navy Seals. The Nikonos RS (1992-97) was the world's first TTL autofocus reflex-type underwater camera (up to 100 meters). Lens 20-35mm, f/2.8 zoom. The DCS 425 came in color (425c, ISO 100-400) and infra-red (425ir, ISO 200-800), both with 1.54 MP CCD. The 435 had a 1.2 MP CCD, ISO 200 to 1000.

http://jemcgarvey.com




KONICA Q-EZ - 1996.  1/3-inch, 640 x 480 pixel CCD.  ISO 100.  Shutter 1/30 to 1/2000 second.  43mm autofocus f/2.8 lens.
http://translate.google.com/translate?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.digitalkamera.de%2FKamera.aspx&langpair=de%7Cen&hl=en&ie=UTF-8 Click on camera quick access


KYOCERA-YASHICA DA-1 - 1996.  Kyocera-Yashica announced the Yashica DA-1 which used the original Mavica method of storing (analogue) images on a two-inch floppy but digitized them in the camera for export to a computer.  The camera also had NTSC video output.  1/3-inch, 640 x 474 pixel CCD.  ISO 250.  Shutter 1/60 to 1/1500 second.  60mm f/3.2 lens.  http://www1.harenet.ne.jp/~hiharada/plink/pl42.htm
http://www.epi-centre.com/reports/9604dhs.html

MARS GLOBAL SURVEYOR - 1996.  In November 1996, NASA and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory began America's return to Mars after a 20-year absence by launching the Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) spacecraft.  The Mars Global Surveyor went into orbit around Mars in September of 1997.   Most of the data volume from MGS is generated by a dual-mode camera called the Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC).   In narrow-angle mode, MOC's black and white, high-resolution telephoto lens can image Martian rocks and other objects as small as 1.4 meters (4.6 feet) across.  The largest raw image possible is 2048 x 4800 pixels in size.  In contrast to the detailed surface images, MOC's wide- angle, global monitoring mode uses a fish-eye lens to generate panoramic images in color spanning horizon to horizon (NASA).  Click on image to see full-page view.  http://nssdc.gsfc.nasa.gov/planetary/marsurv.html


MINOLTA Dimage V - 1996.  First shown at Fall '96 Comdex.  Marketed in 1997.  1/3-inch 640 x 480 pixel CCD.  ISO100.  3X zoom f/5 lens.  Shutter 1/30 to 1/10,000 second.  Price, $700.  Click on image to see enlarged view.
http://www.watch.impress.co.jp/pc/docs/article/960903/dimage.htm
http://www.streettech.com/archives_Hardware/dimageV.html


MOMITSU MES-1000 (Chinon ES1000) - 1996.  Photo not available, Chinon ES1000 shown.  501 x 370  pixel CCD (Kodak).  1MB internal memory.  Fixed-focus 6.5mm lens.  Shutter 1/30 to 1/4000 second.
http://www.imagin-art.com/fotografia/accesorios/otrasmarcas.htm


NIKON COOLPIX 100 - 1996.  First camera with removable PC card slot camera insert. 1/3-inch 512 x 480 pixel CCD.  ISO 100.  52mm fixed-focus f/4.0  lens.  Shutter 1/45 to 1/10,000 second.  Announced June '96, released Jan '97.  Price, $249.  http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/specs.asp
http://www.epi-centre.com/reports/9610bcs.html


NIKON COOLPIX 300 - 1996.    1/3-inch, 640 x 480 pixel CCD.  ISO 100.  Shutter 1/30 to 1/2500 second.  45mm fixed-focus f/4 lens.  Announced June '96, released Jan '97.  Price, $349.  http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/specs.asp

NIKON E2N, E2Ns- 1996.  Same as Fuji 505A and 515A. Upgades to the 1994 E2 and E2s such as higher ISO speed.

http://www.nikonweb.com/

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