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SAMSUNG Digimax 50 – 1998.  Based on Intel PC Camera kit.  Shown at CeBIT '98.  768 x 576 pixel CMOS image sensor.  Apparently not marketed.
http://www.watch.impress.co.jp/pc/docs/article/980327/cebit_4.htm


SAMSUNG Digimax 100 - 1998.  Shown at PMA '98.  1156 x 866 pixel CCD.  May not have been marketed.
http://www.watch.impress.co.jp/pc/docs/article/980216/pma_3.htm


SAMSUNG SDC-55 Pop-eye – 1998.  Shown at CeBIT '98.  Apparently not marketed.
http://www.watch.impress.co.jp/pc/docs/article/980327/cebit_4.htm


SAMSUNG Cshot - 1998.  Shown at CeBIT '98.  Designed for both right and left hand switchable operation.  Apparently not marketed.
http://www.watch.impress.co.jp/pc/docs/article/980327/cebit_4.htm


SANYO VPC–G210 - 1998.  1/3-inch 640 x 480 pixel CCD.  ISO 80.  F/2.8 36mm autofocus lens.  Shutter 1/4 - 1/10,000 second.  Similar to the VPC-G200 of 1997, but with 640 x 480 pixels rather than 1024 x 768 pixels.
http://homepages.pavilion.co.uk/ilange/sx010017.htm


SANYO VPC-G250, - G250EX (DSC-V100 in Japan) - 1998.  1/3-inch 640 x 480 pixel CCD.  ISO 140.  F/2.8 43mm lens.  Shutter 1/4  to 1/10,000 second. G250 with 4MP card, G250EX with 8MP card.
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


SANYO VPC-X350, -X350EX (DSC-X100 in Japan) - 1998.  1/3-inch 1024 x 768 pixel CCD.  ISO 80.  F/2.8 43mm fixed-focus lens.  Shutter 1/4 to 1/10,000 second. X350 with 4MP card, X350EX with 8MP card.
http://www1.harenet.ne.jp/~hiharada/plink/pl42/pl4206.htm
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


SANYO VPC-Z400EX (DSC-SX1Z in Japan) - 1998.  1/2.7-inch 1280 x 960 pixel CCD.  ISO 80.  F/2.8 34mm - 102mm autofocus zoom lens.  Shutters 1/30 to 1/750 second.
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

SANYO MODEL NUMBERS. Sanyo generally uses different model numbers for Europe and Japan. Below are listed European and Japanese model numbers for 1996-98 cameras as far as I have been able to determine. If you have additional information please send an e-mail.

.............EUROPE......................JAPAN

1996...VPC-G1..........................Same?

1997...VPC-G200......................DSC-V1, DSC-1

1997...VPC-X300......................DSC-X1

1998...VPC-X350....................DSC-X100

1998...VPC-G210....................??????

1998...VPC-G250...................DSC-V100

1998...VPC-Z400...................DSC-SX1Z



SEAGULL DC-33 (Polaroid PDC-640, Kinon DC-33, Agfa ephoto 780)  - 1998.  Similar to Agfa ePhoto 780, and Kinon DC-33, but with 640 x 480 pixel CCD rather than 1028 x 768.  F/4.5 fixed-focus 50mm  lens.  Shutter 1/30 to 1/10,000 second.
http://www.28fiap.com/archives/4732.html


SEAGULL DSC-1100 (Kodak DC210)- 1998.  Kinon DC-1100, Kodak DC210 of 1997.  1/3-inch 1152 x 864 pixel CCD.  ISO 140.  F/2 lens.  Shutter 1/4 to 1/500 second.
http://www.28fiap.com/archives/4732.html

SHARP MI-610 DC - 1998. Camera insert (on right) for Sharp Zaurus PDA. 320 x 240 pixels.

http://bbs.pconline.com.cn/es/7655638.html

 
SILICON FILMS IMAGEK EFS-1 - 1998. Silicon Films had been working for some time on a digital 35 mm film-shaped cartrige that could be used in 35 mm film cameras to convert them into digital cameras.  However, the technological improvements in standard digital cameras continued to be so rapid that the practicality of such a device never reached marketable reality.  The two photos on the left are of a 1998 version.  The photo on the right is of a later, improved version.

http://www.f-stopeight.com/converting-film-cameras-to-digital-efs-1-the-technology-that-almost-was/ 



 
SONY Ruvi DDC-CR1 – 1998.  Camcorder/still video camera.   At the time of its introduction the Sony Ruvi (Recording Unit by Video) was the world's smallest camcorder.  The Ruvi CCD-CR1 could store up to 350 analog still images or 30 minutes of Hi8XR video and monaural audio on an internal cartridge (Shown above).  Still images could be stored with up to five seconds of audio each.  The Ruvi had a 3X optical zoom lens and weighed one pound.  It was only 4 7/8" (W) x 2 5/8" (H) x 1" 3/4 (D) in size.  410k pixel CCD with resolution of 400 lines horizontally.
MSRP $799.

www.watch.impress.co.jp/. ../990129/sony.htm

SONY DKC-CM30 - 1998. The CM30 is an example of a camera specialized for technical, industrial and scientific purposes such as microscope or astronomical photography. It was sold without a lens, but had a C mount for interchangeable lenses. Image sensor .33-inch color CCD, 640 x 480 pixels, ISO 90. Shutter to 1/4000. It had 4 MB of storage for 30 frames at maximum resolution. Images could be displayed on its 110K-pixel color screen or on a video monitor. Check the web site below to see lunar images taken by Kevin Smith using the CM30.

http://www.users.globalnet.co.uk/~kevsmith/index.html

SONY DKC-2050X - 1998. Similar to the above, but set up for taking passport photos or other forms of ID. lens 16 mm, f/1.4.


 
SONY MVC-FD91 – 1998.  The Sony Mavica MVC-FD91 (FD = floppy disk) came with a variety of features unmatched by other digicams at the time such as its 14X zoom and image stabilization.  Like other Mavicas, the FD91 stored images on standard floppy disks and used Sony's Info Lithium batteries as a power source.  In addition to outlasting any other battery on the market, they provided continuous feedback to the user as to charge time remaining, and like other Lithium batteries, they did not have a memory so could be recharged at any time.  The FD91 also boasted a record-breaking 37mm – 518mm 14X zoom lens which was augmented by an image stabilization system (IS) that consisted of four servo motors and a movable lens.   The IS instantly corrected for small hand tremors and camera movements thereby capturing sharp images even at full 14X magnification.  This system allowed owners to take photos at the maximum 518mm range of the lens without resorting to the use of a tripod.  Alternatively, this same lens system was capable of correctly focused macro photographs even with the subject pressed directly against the front of the lens barrel (click on image of $5 bill above).  Like the Ruvi, the FD91 could record MPEG images with sound or record audio memos with each still image.  1/3-inch 1024 x 768 pixel CCD.  ISO 100.  F/1.8 37mm – 518mm zoom lens.  Shutter 1/60 to 1/4000 second.  Street price about $700.

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


SONY MVC-FD51 – 1998.  1/4-inch 640 x 480 pixel CCD.  ISO 100.  F/2 47mm autofocus lens.  Shutter 1/60 to 1/2000 second.  Floppy disk camera.
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


SONY MVC-FD71 – 1998.  1/4-inch 640 x 480 pixel CCD.  ISO 100.  F/1.8  40mm - 400mm autofocus zoom lens.  Shutter 1/60 to 1/4000 second.  Floppy disk camera.  Street price about $420.
http://dpreview.com/reviews/specs/Sony/


SONY MVC-FD81 – 1998.  1/3-inch 1024 x 768 pixel CCD.  ISO 100.  F/2  37mm - 111mm autofocus zoom lens.  Shutter 1/60 to 1/4000 second.  MPEG.  Floppy disk camera.  Street price about $740.
http://dpreview.com/reviews/specs/Sony/

SONY MEMORYSTICK - 1998.   In the fall of 1998 Sony released its own MemoryCard standard.

http://news.sel.sony.com/en/corporate_information/company_of_firsts




SONY DSC D700 – 1998. 1/2-inch 1344 x 1024 pixel CCD.  ISO 100/200/400.  F/2 28mm - 140mm zoom lens.  Shutter 4 to 1/3000 second.  MSRP $1899.  Street price about $1600.  Click for enlarged view.
http://dpreview.com/reviews/specs/Sony/

SONY DSC-F55, F55E, F55K – 1998. Shown in 1998, marketed in early 1999 (F55E in Europe, F55K in Japan). Unusually small for a 2MP camera at the time, it fit into the palm of the hand. It had a swiveling lens (Carl Zeiss).

http://www.steves-digicams.com/f55.html

SONY DKC-ST5– 1998. The DKC-ST5 used three two-thirds inch 1.4 megapixel progressive scan CCD chips - one each for red, green and blue - mounted on a prism block which analyzed the light. http://www.epi-centre.com/reports/9802seya.html

 

1024  x 768 pixels.  While 640 x 480 pixels was pretty much the norm in 1997, by 1998 the bar
had risen to 1024 x 768 pixels, with some consumer digicams having CCDs of up to 1280 x 1024 pixels.  Although 1024 by 768 is now considered to be relatively low resolution, improvements in printers and digicams since 1998 allow excellent paper prints in sizes of 4 x 5 or 4 x 6 inches.  Much of the criticism directed at 1024 x 768 pixel cameras of years ago could be traced to the capabilities of the cameras at that time rather then the number of pixels in the image sensors.  Today's prosumer digicams such as the Nikon D1 can produce images far superior to older digicams even when the 1024 x 768 size is selected.  Depending on the ultimate use of the image, recording at less than the maximum capacity of the camera may be suitable and will allow storage of many more photos on whatever recording media your camera uses.  Below are several samples of 1024 x 768 photos taken with the 1998 Sony Mavica FD-91.  When shown at 100% on a computer monitor the images are about 3-4 times the maximum desirable print size and defects may be clearly visible (unlike printers, monitors display images with one camera pixel equaling one monitor pixel unless the monitor is set for less than 100% size), but when printed at 4 x 6 inches they are comparable to typical 35mm prints.  1024 x 768 prints from current cameras are even better.

Although the head of the Mardi Gras doll may appear to be six inches or greater in height when viewed on your monitor (click on image), the actual doll's head is only one inch high!  The image shown on your monitor is highly magnified.  When printed at life size with a good inkjet printer the image appears equal to that of a 35mm print.  The second photo appears equally good when printed at 4 x 6 inches.  The photo of the moon was taken by Michael Oates with a Sony FD91 at 14X and with a 2X teleadapter lens attached (1036mm).  The image has been cropped to 253 x 263 pixels.


SOUND VISION ACPS-P/ACPS-SL - 1998.  Shown at '98 International Consumer Electronics Show.  1000 x 800 pixel CMOS sensor.  MSRP $1395. 
http://www.watch.impress.co.jp/pc/docs/article/980120/ces_p3.htm

SOUND VISION CMOS Pro - 1998.  Professional studio camera for photographing non-moving objects.   First professional camera to use a CMOS sensor. 960 x 800 pixels.   It had no viewfinder and no operational controls. There was a C-mount lens thread on the front and tripod bushes top and bottom. The camera was set up and operated from a computer. A color exposure using flash took approximately 23.5 seconds from clicking the 'Take Picture' button. The first - red - exposure occurred after four and a half seconds, followed by the green exposure seven seconds later, followed by blue after a further seven seconds. It took a further five seconds for the three exposures to be processed as one and to be displayed on the computer monitor. Each of the CMOS-PRO's pixels was exposed three times, through a rotating filter wheel inside the camera.   Although less than 1MP in size, the images were considered to be of excellent quality and far superior to other cameras of similar resolution at that time.   MSRP $1,995.

http://www.epi-centre.com/reports/9809bcs.html

 
SPHERON VR PanoCamDPC-10 – 1998.  Shown at Photokina ’98.  Designed to take panoramic photos directly rather than by stitching individual still photos in a PC.   Could produce panoramic photos up to to 2500 x 10,000 pixels.  ISO 400.  Shutter to 1/8000 second.

http://www.golem.de/9903/2975.html
http://www.spheron.com/

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1996 A-C
1996 D-N
1996 O-R
1996 S-Z
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1997 E-H
1997 I-O
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 1997 R-S
1997 T-Z
1998 A-D
1998 E-F
1998 G-K
1998 L-N
1998 O-P
1998 Q-R
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