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samsung digimax 50 vintage digital camera 1998
SAMSUNG Digimax 50 - 1998.  Based on Intel PC Camera kit.  Shown at CeBIT '98.  768 x 576 pixel CMOS image sensor.  Apparently not marketed.  We believe we were the first digital camera history web site to provide a photo and information concerning this camera.

http://pc.watch.impress.co.jp/docs/article/980327/cebit_4.htm

samsung digimax 100 vintage digital camera 1998
SAMSUNG Digimax 100 - 1998.  Shown at PMA '98.  1156 x 866 pixel CCD.  May not have been marketed.  We believe we were the first digital camera history web site to provide a photo and information concerning this camera.

http://pc.watch.impress.co.jp/docs/article/980216/pma_3.htm


samsung digimax scd-56 vintage digital camera 1998  samsung digimax scd-56 vintage digital camera 1998

SAMSUNG Digimax SDC-56 - 1998.  Shown at PMA '98.  1156 x 866 pixel CCD.  Not marketed, was believed to only be a mockup.  We believe we were the first digital camera history web site to provide a photo and information concerning this camera.

http://pc.watch.impress.co.jp/docs/article/980216/pma_3.htm


samsung sdc-55 pop-eye vintage digital camera 1998
SAMSUNG SDC-55 Pop-eye - 1998.  Shown at CeBIT '98.  Apparently not marketed.  We believe we were the first digital camera history web site to provide a photo and information concerning this camera.

http://pc.watch.impress.co.jp/docs/article/980327/cebit_4.htm

 

samsung cshot vintage digital camera 1998
SAMSUNG Cshot - 1998.  Shown at CeBIT '98.  Designed for both right and left hand switchable operation.  Apparently not marketed.  We believe we were the first digital camera history web site to provide a photo and information concerning this camera.

  http://pc.watch.impress.co.jp/docs/article/980327/cebit_4.htm

sanyo vpc-g210 vintage digital camera 1998
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.  We believe we were the first digital camera history web site to provide a photo and information concerning this camera.

  http://www.computer-specifications.com/specifications/Sanyo-VPCG210-Specs.html

sanyo vpc-g250, g250x, dsc-v100 vintage digital camera 1998 Samnyo VPC-G250 digital camera kit
SANYO VPC-G250, - G250EX in UK (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.  We believe we were the first digital camera history web site to provide a photo and information concerning this camera.

 
http://www.dcresource.com/reviews/cameraDetail.php?cam=135


sanyo vpc-x350, vpc-x350x, dsc-x100 vintage digital camera 1998 Sanyo VPC-X350 digital camera kit
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.  We believe we were the first digital camera history web site to provide a photo and information concerning this camera.

https://www.cnet.com/products/sanyo-vpc-x350-digital-camera/

sanyo vpc-z400ex, dsc-sx1z vintage digital camera 1998
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.  We believe we were the first digital camera history web site to provide a photo and information concerning this camera.


http://www.dcviews.com/_sanyo/z400.htm

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 we 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, polariod pdc-640 vintage digital camera 1998
SEAGULL DC-33 (Polaroid PDC-640, Kinon DC-33, Agfa ephoto 780)  - 1998.  Many similar models of this camera sold by a numberof differnt companies, some with varied specifications.  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.  We believe we were the first digital camera history web site to provide a photo and information concerning this camera.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seagull_Camera

seagull dsc-1100, kodak dc210 vintage digital camera 1998
SEAGULL DSC-1100 (Kodak DC210 style copy) - 1998.  Similar Kinon DC-1100, style copy of Kodak DC210 of 1997.  1/3-inch 1152 x 864 pixel CCD.  ISO 140.  F/2 lens.  Shutter 1/4 to 1/500 second.  We believe we were the first digital camera history web site to provide a photo and information concerning this camera.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seagull_Camera




sharp mi-610 dc vintage digital camera 1998

SHARP MI-610 DC - 1998. Camera insert (on right) for Sharp Zaurus PDA. 320 x 240 pixels.  We believe we were the first digital camera history web site to provide a photo and information concerning this camera.

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/1998/03/03/national/sharp-to-introduce-new-model-of-zaurus/#.WmjfLZM-dBw

https://pc.watch.impress.co.jp/docs/article/980303/sharp.htm

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sharp_Zaurus

silicon films imagek efs-1 prototype digital camera back 1998

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 photo is of a later, improved version.  We believe we were the first digital camera history web site to provide a photo and information concerning this item.

  https://www.dpreview.com/articles/3149799436/siliconfilm



sony ruvi ddc-cr1 vintage camcorder stillvideo camera 1998Sony Ruvi DDC-CR1 digital camera  , camcorder 
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.  We believe we were the first digital camera history web site to provide a photo and information concerning this camera.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ruvi

sony dkc-cm30 vintage digital camera 1998 sony dmk-c30 vintage digital camera set kit 1998

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.  We believe we were the first digital camera history web site to provide a photo and information concerning this camera.

http://www.camera-wiki.org/wiki/Sony

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

sony dkc-2050x vintage passport digital camera 198

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.

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/531635930991165708/


sony mavica mvc-fd91 zoom floppy disk vintage digital camera 1998  Sony Mavica MVC-FD91 digital camera kit
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.  We believe we were the first digital camera history web site to provide a photo and information concerning this camera.

http://www.imaging-resource.com/PRODS/FD91/FD91A.HTM

sony mavica mvc-fd51 vintage floppy disk digital camera 1998 
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.  We believe we were the first digital camera history web site to provide a photo and information concerning this camera.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sony_Mavica

sony mavica mvc-fd71 floppy disk vintage digital camera 1998  Sony Mavikca MVC-FD71 digital camera kit
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.  We believe we were the first digital camera history web site to provide a photo and information concerning this camera.

https://www.cnet.com/products/sony-mavica-mvc-fd71-digital-camera/specs/

sony mavica mvc-fd81 floppy disk vintage digital camera 1998 Sony Mavica MVC-FD81 digital camera kit
SONY MVC-FD81 - 1998.  CCD 1/3-inch 1024 x 768 pixels.  ISO 100.  F/2  37mm - 111mm autofocus zoom lens.  Shutter 1/60 to 1/4000 second.  MPEG.  Floppy disk camera.  Street price about $740.  We believe we were the first digital camera history web site to provide a photo and information concerning this camera.

https://www.cnet.com/products/sony-mavica-mvc-fd81-digital-camera/

sony memorystick memory card 1998 

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

https://www.sony.net/SonyInfo/News/Press_Archive/199807/98-067/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Memory_Stick

http://www.obsoletemedia.org/memory-stick/


sopny dsc d700 vintage digital camera 1998 Sony DSC D700 digital camera kit

SONY DSC D700 - 1998.  CCD 1/2-inch 1344 x 1024 pixels.  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.  We believe we were the first digital camera history web site to provide a photo and information concerning this camera.

https://www.dpreview.com/reviews/sonydscd700

sony dsc-55, dsc-55e, dsc-55k vintage digital camera 1998 Sony DSC-F55E digfital camera kit

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).  We believe we were the first digital camera history web site to provide a photo and information concerning this camera.

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

sony dkc-st5 vintage studio digital camera 1998 Sony DKC-ST5 studion digital camera

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.  We believe we were the first digital camera history web site to provide a photo and information concerning this camera.

http://www.epi-centre.com/reports/9802seya.html

http://www.epi-centre.com/reports/9802seyb.html

https://www.sony.co.jp/SonyInfo/News/Press_Archive/199704/97B-034/

 

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.

samlple 1024 x 768 pixel digital camera photosample 1024 x 768 pixel digital camera photoMoon photo 255 x 263 pioxels

soundvision acps-p, acps-sl vintage digital camera 1998
SOUND VISION ACPS-P/ACPS-SL - 1998.  Shown at '98 International Consumer Electronics Show.  P model was intended a s compact camera and the SL model to have interchangable lenses.  1000 x 800 pixel CMOS sensor.  MSRP $1395.  We believe we were the first digital camera history web site to provide a photo and information concerning this camera.


http://pc.watch.impress.co.jp/docs/article/980120/ces_p3.htm



spheron vr panocam dpc-10 vintage panorami cdigital camera 1998 
SPHERON VR PanoCam DPC-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 1/2 to 1/8000 second.  We believe we were the first digital camera history web site to provide a photo and information concerning this camera.


http://www.spheron.com/

https://www.pressetext.com/news/19990402009

http://www.m2w.net/News/980921.html

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