my next camera will be a postage stamp

8 January 2006, 1:41 pm

three generations of digital camera

From left-to-right:

  • The Sony Mavica is roughly a decade old. It cost me $800 (I was a dot-commer back then, but it was a pretty appalling indulgence even so). Its high resolution pictures were 0.3 megapixels, of which it could fit about 40 on a 3.5″ floppy diskettes. Since it had to write to a diskette, it could only take a picture about once every ten seconds. It did feature a 10x optical zoom, though.
  • I bought the 2 megapixel Fuji Finepix in May of 2004, jsut before I went to New Orleans for TapeOpCon. It cost a little over a hundred dollars. I thought I could make it pay for itself selling some odds-and-ends on Ebay; it took a while, but it did. After I got an expanded memory card for it, I could take 49 picutres at a time.
  • The Casio Exilm was a Christmas gift from Editrix. It’s a 5 megapixel camera with a 3x optical zoom. I’ve been using the 4 megapixel mode, which gives me 200 and some shots in the camera. So far, I think my favorite feature is the 2-second delay, which means I don’t have to worry about shaking the camera when I depress the shutter in low light situations. But I haven’t really begun to plumb its awesomeness.

I’d hate to tell you what my first three personal computers cost. I souped up the first with a whopping 64K RAM. Heh.

2 comments on “my next camera will be a postage stamp”

  1. loudfan

    oh man, I wanted a Mavica so bad way back then. And now, my computer doesn’t even HAVE a floppy drive…

  2. summervillain

    Well, if it’s any consolation, I regretted that purchase almost immediately. It was just barely adequate for taking pictures for use on web sites, and no good at all for any other purpose.


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