We purchased our first digital camera in 1997. Here’s the specs on it:
APPLE QuickTake 200 Manufactured by Fuji an marketed in 1997. 640 x 480 pixel CCD. SmartMedia memory card. ISO 100. Shutter 1/4 to 1/5000 second. Fixed-focus 38mm f/2.2 lens. MSRP $599 (Apple).
Basically it was .3 megapixels.
We thought it was the coolest thing eeeeeever. I remember taking a picture of friends and they kept smiling and waiting for the flash. There was no flash. Then I would show them the picture on the screen on the back. They were mesmerized…
And if you wanted to use the viewfinder to look through it was a seperate plastic piece that you had to clip on the top.
The Apple QuickTake was the last digital camera model Apple launched still now.
When Steve Job came back to Apple in 1997 , He discontinued many non-computer products, such as the Newton PDA, the LaserWriter printer line and the QuickTake in order to solve Apple’s then financial problems. Since then, the Apple QuickTake camera has become a kind of hot collections for Mac fans. Sadly, we no longer have ours. It did take some pretty rockin’ pictures though.
Although we loved our Quick Take we still were shooting film until 2002. That year we went exclusively to shooting digital (with a newer digital camera of course) and we have never gone back to film. Sometimes I am tempted to go pick up a roll of medium format 12o now and again and take some pics with my old twin lens that I used in college. But that’s another story…