Sony Mavica MVC-A7AF

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While Sony had pioneered the "still video" camera with its prototype 1981 Mavica, it had actually been the Canon RC-701 to first bring the 2" video floppy (VF) media to a commercial product. Sony joined in 1987 with the Sony Mavica MVC-A7AF, or simply the ProMavica. This more resembles (and may be erroneously offered for sale as) a cam-corder, due in part to a chunky f/1.4-1.7 autofocusing 6X zoom lens, and side handgrip. This was a premium, full-featured model which was originally quite expensive.[1]

As with other cameras in this class, it is not a "digital" camera, but rather stores analog television scan lines onto the VF disk. The A7AF can shoot in non-interlaced "frame" mode or interlaced "field" mode, although the non-interlaced option halves the number of images per disk to 25 (or even fewer, if optional audio clips are attached to the image files).


  1. USD $4000 is the price quoted in a Popular Mechanics article, "88 Debut for Filmless Photos", March, 1988 (Vol. 165, No. 3; page 50) via Google Books.