Canon RC-701

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This 1986 model from Canon was the first commercially-marketed "still video" camera, although it followed the 1981 announcement by Sony of the Mavica. While the RC-701 anticipated the coming rise of DLSRs, it was not truly a digital camera, as it stored images as analog scan lines onto 2-inch video floppy disks. This required a special player to view or print images, of which 50 would fit on a disk.

The list price was 390,000 yen ($2,458 in 1986 US dollars[1]—equal to almost USD $5,100 in 2011[2]). The price shot even higher if the optional 24mm-equivalent wide-angle lens, telephoto zoom, printer and telephone transmission unit were added.


  1. Historical exchange rate from "Japanese yen" at Wikipedia.
  2. From the US Bureau of Labor Statistics CPI Inflation Calculator.


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