Sony Mavica CD1000

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Introduced in 2000, the Mavica MVC-CD1000 was the first Mavica digital camera from Sony to use optical CD-R discs, where earlier Mavicas (like the CD1000's predecessor the FD95) used 3.5" floppies. Thus, the Mavica branding diverged even further from its original meaning of "Magnetic Video Camera."

While floppy disks made it simple to move images onto a computer, with the maximum 1600×1200 resolution of the CD1000, a floppy would only hold about four images. Also, at this time floppy use was declining in the computer world, led by Apple's (controversial) omission of a floppy drive in their 1998 iMac. The 8 cm mini-CD format adopted by Sony for the CD1000 allowed 156 MB to be stored, although it made the camera rather large and oddly-shaped. Also contributing to the bulk was a constant f/2.8 zoom covering a 10x range from 6–60 mm, for a 35mm equivalent of 39–390 mm.

The CD1000's built-in CD-R burner could not reclaim disc space when unwanted images were deleted; but Sony's 2001 followup Mavica CD200 and CD300 were able to use rewritable CR-RW discs (in more manageably-sized 3x zoom cameras). The 2001 Mavica FD97 had the same 10x zoom as the CD1000; but opted for a dual floppy-disk/Memory Stick storage options rather than the oddball CD-R drive.


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