While visiting my family for Christmas my sister returned to my brother a digital camera she borrowed. Sometime in 1998. I don’t know where they fit all the 1.6 megapixels, it’s only the size of a loaf of bread. Okay, okay, a slice of bread. A large slice.
It’s a Fuji MX-700, a very early point & shoot digital camera. It has a dial that you can set to “take a picture two seconds after you press the button” and also “timer”. Aside from a display in a museum of 20th Century technological artifacts, what can you do with such a beast? I had some fun after setting it to B&W and clearing the huge 8MB Smart Media card — it holds about 10 photos at 1024×1280, and my 134-in-1 card reader actually has a slot for it. The camera does an okay job in its own right and squinting through the viewfinder is cute. I can actually see how this would have been a good investment for taking small photos of things for sale on ebay, after faxing a photocopy of your drivers license to confirm your account, tied to your free Juno email address. That was just me? Okay.
I thought I might keep it as my own overwrought version of Instagram for B&W still lifes and vintage clothes. Turns out it has some bad pixels plus that’s a stupid idea. It’s interesting to see how far we’ve come though. Fun fact: this camera was actually rebranded as the Leica Digilux. Almost enough reason to keep it. Almost.