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Apple Computer produced some of the first consumer digital cameras. The Quicktake cameras had a resolution of 640x480 pixels (i.e. VGA computer screen size), with a colour depth of 24 bits. They were designed to connect to an Apple Macintosh computer via a V.24 serial cable (which is no longer supported by OS X, or on current Mac hardware).

The Quicktake cameras did not sell well, and were discontinued late in 1997.

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Apple Digital Cameras

Quicktake 100 (Feb 1994)


The binocular-format Quicktake 100 was introduced in 1994. It had an optical viewfinder, and no viewing screen, but there was an LCD screen showing the frame number and other info. There were controls for shutter-release, flash, self-timer, resolution and a recessed "Trash" ("erase whole camera") button. It had only internal flash memory - with no slots for extension, providing enough storage for a mere eight photos at full VGA 640x480 resolution, or 32 at 320x240. Images were stored in Apple's own QuickTake or PICT formats.

Quicktake 150 (May 1995)

The Quicktake 150 was very similar to the 100, but added the more standard JPEG, BMP, TIFF and PCX file formats.


Quicktake 200 (c.Feb 1997)

The Quicktake 200 was a more conventionally-shaped camera, to current eyes, having a compact-camera outline, a 1.8-inch LCD viewing screen on the back, a mode dial and a SmartMedia memory card slot (along with 2Mb of internal memory). There was no built-in optical viewfinder, but there was a clip-on accessory optical finder. The 200 was made in Japan by Fuji - as a rebadged Fuji DS-7[1] - and also sold as the Samsung Kenox SSC-350N - however, the Fuji and Samsung had the added advantage of coming with software for connection to a PC as well as a Macintosh[2]. The resolution was still 640x480, but the 200 could use TIFF, BMP, PCX, JPEG and QuickTake file formats, and had an NTSC video output. It was powered by four AA batteries.

Quicktake 200 - with clip-on optical viewfinder
photos by Dawn Laciak (Image rights)

Notes

  1. See John Henshall article
  2. Andy Baird's Miscellany

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