Back when cameras used… Floppy Disks? Sony Mavica


Hello, and welcome to another episode of the
8-Bit Guy. Today I’m going to show you four vintage
digital cameras, and these do not use memory cards. Some of these use floppy disks, some use SuperDisks,
and even 3 inch compact discs. Then I’m going to take you around Dallas
and show you some interesting landmarks using these cameras to take pictures. OK, so the first camera I want to show you
is the original Sony Mavica from 1997. By the way, the term Mavica actually stands
for Magnetic Video Camera. So this is my friend Brandon, who runs an
antique reproductions furniture store, and I met him through the synth meet because he
is heavily into synthesizers and keyboards like I am on my other channel. But, he is also an original owner of a Sony
Mavica. And since I never actually owned a Mavica
back in the 1990s, I wanted to have Brandon here to tell you about his experience of actually
using one. Now, before I can talk too much about this,
I need to set the stage with a little history lesson. In 1997, you can easily say that 99% or more
of the population was still using film cameras, with only a tiny percentage using digital
cameras. So, we were at that stage where the early
adopters were buying them, but the general population just really couldn’t see the
point yet. They were happy with their film cameras, and
the digital cameras were pretty expensive. They didn’t know where they would get their
prints made. But really, the biggest challenge, I think
for most digital camera users of the 1990s was simply figuring out how to get the pictures
from their camera to their computer. This was a typical computer that somebody
might have in 1997. Most people were still running Windows 95,
or even Windows 3.1 on their PCs. And the Macintosh was only just a few percent
of the market share. One thing you might notice is that it has
NO USB ports. You see, USB didn’t exist. Well, technically it was invented in 1996. But it wasn’t really available to consumers
until 1998, a year after the Mavica came onto the market. And even then, 99% of the population still
did not have USB on their computers. So in 1997 there were a handful of 1st generation
digital cameras on the market, and nearly all of them required use of the serial port
in order to transfer photos. So, serial ports, they always had like IRQ
conflicts and all kinds of software problems, and of course there was no native operating
system support for these cameras. So you would have to install proprietary software
and drivers in order to use these cameras, they often didn’t work right and there were
lots of problems and each camera was completely different from the next camera, so there was
no standardization on how anything worked. If you had a laptop, you might be lucky enough
to get one of these devices, that allowed you to use a memory card and insert it into
the PC card socket of your laptop, which appeared as a native storage device for the computer. I don’t believe any such devices existed
for desktop computers. So the beauty of the Mavica was that you could
take your photos, then remove the floppy disk and insert it directly into your PC and copy
the files off, because every computer had a floppy drive back then! And if you compared to a roll of film, you
could typically store 20 or 30 exposures on a roll. If you were going on vacation, it was probably
just as convenient to carry around a bunch of floppy disks as it would have been film
rolls. Even these old Kodak Disc film cartridges
only had 15 exposures on a disk. The Mavica could store around 20 photos on
a single disk. Not only that, but unlike film cameras of
the time, it was possible to review your photos and delete the ones you didn’t want. I distinctly remember that about half of the
photos I took on my film cameras ended up in the trash after getting them developed. So, you know, everybody is used to their cameras
on their phone, and they just take pictures of everything. But, back in the days of film cameras, you
know, you had 24 exposures on a roll of film, and you were pretty conservative as to what
you took pictures of. You didn’t just go around shooting this,
that, and the other. You were like “oh, this is a good shot,
that I need to take a picture of.” But with the digital camera, having the convenience
of the floppy disk, you know I was going around taking pictures of everything. And then, once I filled up the disk, I either
popped a new one in, or I would take it to the computer and dump it to the hard drive,
so yeah, I was taking tons of pictures. And, in my business, in the furniture business,
pictures are important, when I have customers in other cities. I used to have to draw stuff on a piece of
paper and send it through a fax machine and hope that they could figure out what the heck
that I drew. But with email and cameras, yeah! Sony originally released two versions of the
Mavica in 1997. There was the low end FD5 and the high end
FD7. Both had the same 640×480 resolution, both
had the same 2.5” color LCD on the back. But the FD5 had a fixed focus lens, and the
FD7 had a 10X zoom, which is really nice. The low end model retailed for $599 and the
high end for $799. So I happen to have the high end version,
with the 10X zoom. Now the first thing people notice when I show
them this camera is that it is unusually large and bulky. Despite being 20 years old, there are some
things you are likely to be familiar with. For example, if you hold the shutter button
down part of the way, the camera will lock the focus and wait for you to depress it the
full way before taking the photo. At which point, the floppy drive will fire
up and you will have to wait while it saves your photo. *Buzz Buzz* It does have a flash, and rather nice zoom
controls, as well as a manual focus with an actual knob. The screen does have some menus but there
aren’t many options to select. Incidentally, this screen only has 165 by
124 pixels. So it is barely good enough to use for menus
and so the LCD was really just good enough for a basic viewfinder, you know just to know
what the heck it is you’re actually pointing the camera at. You know, another interesting thing is that
most digital cameras, even from this time period, had an option to select different
photo resolutions. But you’ll notice no such setting in the
menus on this thing. But it does have Field and Frame. Now you may be wondering what the heck that
means. Well, you see, Sony didn’t use a dedicated
CCD sensor for this camera. They actually borrowed one from their consumer
camcorder line of products. So the CCD in this thing was one that you
might have also found in a Handicam that used 8mm video cassettes. So the actual CCD had a horizontal resolution
of 570 pixels. But the vertical resolution is much harder
to explain. Since it is designed for interlaced NTSC video,
it uses two fields, which are scanned 1/60th of a second apart. So, the first field is 245 pixels. And so if you have the camera in field mode,
the resolution is 570 by 245, pretty simple! But if you put it into frame mode, it will
also capture the second field, giving you a total of 570 by 490 resolution. So, regardless of the mode, it would always
interpolate the images up to 640 by 480 resolution. Now, that resolution doesn’t sound very
good, but really, it wasn’t too bad considering at that time, the typical screen resolution
most computers were running at was 640 by 480. For example, if I display a photo from this
camera, it actually fills the entire screen on this computer because, well, that’s the
native resolution on this laptop. Let me show you an example of a photo I took
in Field mode, you can see there’s a lot of jagged edges around this area here. Now here’s the same image taken in frame
mode. Looks much better, right? So you might ask why they would even include
the field mode in the first place. Well, the reason has to do with the way the
CCD is designed to scan the two fields a few milliseconds apart from each other.. So if there is any motion it will turn out
blurry in frame mode. In fact, if you notice, when I turn on the
camera flash, it automatically disables frame mode, because the flash only lasts long enough
to illuminate one field. So, I wanted to show you a few more photos,
so I decided to take a little trip. In a previous episode I showed you some landmarks
of Dallas/Fort Worth, and today I’m going to show you some interesting places in Dallas. Unfortunately, it was totally overcast on
this Sunday in November. So here’s me arriving at Dallas city hall,
fortunately they are closed on Sunday. I took advantage of their EV charging provided
in the parking lot. It may not seem familiar on this side, but
the other side should look familiar to you, because it was the headquarters in the 1987
movie Robocop! So even though Robocop is supposed to take
place in Detroit, it was actually filmed all in Dallas. In fact, you can clearly see Reunion Tower
in the backdrop of this car chase scene. Incidentally, Reunion Tower was also destroyed
in the movie Asteroid. But don’t worry, Reunion Tower is still
here and I can safely walk through these passageways at city hall without any fear of being attacked
by a giant robot. And look what I found, an old vintage payphone,
now this relic ought to be on my channel, this is a historical piece of technology isn’t
it? I haven’t seen one of these in ages. OK, so here we are at the Dallas city hall,
which you’ve seen in the Robocop movie, and it looks a little bit different because
they put a matte painting to make it look like it was taller than it really was. But it’s still a very interesting architecture. And I’m going to take some pictures using
my vintage floppy disk cameras and we’ll see what it looks like. Anyway, I setup a tripod and here’s a photo
I took on the Mavica FD7. I also took some other shots of some of the
surrounding areas. So, I thought I’d be an ultra hipster and
take my 20 year old vintage digital camera to the Dallas auto show. Now, the irony here is that I’m using a
vintage camera to take a picture of a brand new piece of high technology, the Chevrolet
Bolt EV. So the photos really aren’t that
great of quality by today’s standards, and honestly they weren’t even that great by
the standards of film cameras of the era. I went with the Mavica, the FD7, mainly because
of the floppy drive. And the instant gratification that, being
able to take a picture on the camera, popping it out, popping it into the computer, emailing
my customer a picture of a piece of furniture, that was for me the way to go. So, if I went with a scanner, those guys were around $500 to $800, and they were better quality. You could get up to 300 DPI resolution for
a full page, but you still had to take the pictures with a film camera, run them down
to your hourly, you know one-hour-photo developer, then come back, look through all of the pictures,
find the one that you like, scan it, and then email your customer. But with this guy, you could take 5 pictures,
and then pick the best 2 or 3, I could email my customers a new piece of furniture that
just came in, and hopefully I’ve got a sale. OK, now I want to move 3 years ahead and see
how the Mavica evolved. This is the FD85. And while it is very similar to the one I
just showed you, it has some very important evolutionary changes. For one thing, it has over 4 times the resolution,
now clocking in at 1.3 Megapixels, using a CCD that is dedicated for digital cameras. Let me show you how much better these photos
look that were taken with this camera. It’s amazing what 3 years can do for this
technology. I would really say this is really the threshold
where digital cameras quality surpassed film cameras, at least for personal use. The hardcore photographers held out another
few years with film. Another interesting feature of this camera
is that it has a 4X speed floppy drive. So, Listen to the old drive and how fast it
changes tracks… *Buzz Buzz* and now listen to this one. * Camera snap noise * *tap tap tap tap tap tap buzz buzz* That’s pretty interesting because in all
of the time the floppy drive was in use for PCs, nobody really ever attempted to make
the drive faster. You know, I guess there just wasn’t much
of a need. But when the camera came out and people didn’t
really want to wait around to take the next photo, I guess suddenly there WAS a need,
so I guess there was a reason to make it faster. This camera also introduced the ability to
use this nifty device. It’s a floppy disk adapter that takes a
memory stick, and can be inserted into the camera. Now, unfortunately, this will not work with
the older Mavicas because the firmware has to know how to actually use this. But, this allowed the Mavica to store a lot
more photos. So you might ask if you could stick this thing
into a regular PC’s floppy drive and read it like a disk? Well, The answer is yes and no. So, you see, it required a special driver
to be installed, and the only driver I could find that works with this is for Windows XP. So, also, it requires an actual internal floppy
drive using the original standardized controller. So that really limits the number of computers
that you could use this on. So, for example, there’s no way you would
ever be able to use it with one of these USB floppy drives, even if it were running on
Windows XP, because it’s not a standard controller. The camera also included a composite video
port so that you could play back your photos on a TV, so the whole family could see them. Another interesting feature added was the
ability to take movie clips. Now, the resolution was a very low 320 by
240 and the clips could only be a few seconds long because the floppy disk simply can’t
hold very much. But still, that’s certainly something your
film camera couldn’t do! So, you would have needed to bring a separate
video camera in order to do that! OK, so here’s a really rare camera I want
to show you. This was a competitor to Sony’s Mavica. It was made by Panasonic. It came out around 1999, around the same time
as the last Mavica I just showed you. Now, the major advantage this camera has is
that it uses the LS-120 superdisk format. It can use regular 1.44 floppies, but who
would want to when you can use these futuristic looking superdisks that store 120 MB per disk. You would need 84 floppy disks to store the
same amount of data as a single superdisk. So you’ll notice that using a blank floppy
disk, it says it can store 1 movie clip, 17 low-res photos, or 5 superfine photos. Now with a blank superdisk, it says you can
store 90 movie clips, over 1500 low res photos, or 480 superfine photos. Now one huge disadvantage to the LS-120 format
was that most computers could not read it unless you bought an LS-120 drive, and those
weren’t cheap. So in a pinch you could still use a regular
1.44 floppy if you needed to. So one of the interesting things about this
camera is that I can turn it over to PC mode. And at that point it just becomes a storage
device. It will even work on my modern computer. And it just mounts itself as a disk and I
can drag and drop the files right off of it. So, with the camera plugged into my PC like
this, it really just becomes an external LS-120 super disk drive, so it kind of takes the place of having one of these. It’s not as elegant to use, but hey it works. Now unfortunately, when I went to Dallas,
I accidentally had this camera set in low resolution mode, so these pictures don’t
really do the camera justice. But I did get a sample of the video clip mode. So I did take a few extra photos around here
in the proper resolution to give you something to look at. This is a 1.3 Megapixel camera, very similar
to the second Mavica that I showed you. So the one annoying thing about this Panasonic
camera is its size. I mean, it’s the biggest of all four of
these and all four of these are really too large in my opinion, but this one is particularly
bulky and it’s not something I want to be carrying around and using a lot. OK, so I want to jump ahead another 3 years. This camera represents the very end of the
Mavica line. And, as you can see, they have ditched the
floppy disk in favor of a 3 inch compact disc. Now, It can use regular CD-R or CD-RW discs. So naturally, it could hold quite a bit more
data than a floppy disk, and yet still maintain compatibility with most computers of the time. Of course, today most computers don’t actually
have optical drives. All of the computers I have around the house
are slot-loading drives so they can’t mount the 3 inch discs anyway. In fact, the only computer I could find that
could read these discs was this old iBook Clamshell of mine that has a spindle that
I can manually pop the disc onto. Now the great thing is with this camera is
that it does support USB so it doesn’t really even matter if you can read the discs, because
all you’ve got to do is plug this into your modern computer’s USB port. And I can actually drag and drop the photos
right off this camera without even needing to take the disc out. Some interesting aspects of using a CD for
this is that you have to tell the camera to initialize the disc before you can use it. It warns that you have to sit the camera on
a stable surface before doing this. When you are done with the disc, you have
to finalize it if you want to be able to read it in a computer. However, if you use USB to grab the photos,
it is really not necessary to finalize the disc. And while you can use any disc in the camera
that will fit, it will always complain and suggest that you use special mavica branded
CDs. For example, this one actually has the Mavica
logo on it and it seems to like this one better. So what about the photo quality? Well, it is 3 megapixels and to be honest,
even though this camera is 13 years old, I think the photo quality actually holds up
very well even by today’s standards. and actually I’ve said this for years, I think 3 megapixels is really the limit to good photos. This is my opinion, of course, but I think
3 megapixels is roughly the threshold where it’s really good enough for most uses, especially
when viewed on a computer, and I think adding more megapixels beyond that, you get kind
of diminishing returns. You have to add a whole let extra to really
be able to notice any difference. And, a lot of the cheap cameras, especially
the ones with plastic lenses, they can’t even resolve more than about 3 megapixels
into focus on the imager. So I’ve seen cameras before that have 10
megapixel imagers but you really can’t see any difference in detail between 3 and 10
megapixel settings on that camera. This camera also has a 3X optical zoom. So I could use this as an everyday camera
for both work and play, that is if I didn’t mind waiting for it to write those images
to CD. And, of course, it does have video clip capability,
it does 640 by 480 but the image is very soft and the frame rate is pretty low, but it is
the best video quality of the 4 cameras I’ve shown today. OK, so I’ve got to open this old box of
Kodak Disc film. I haven’t seen one of these in ages. Look! The expiration date was in 1990. Wow, I haven’t opened one of these in a
long time. I don’t even think you can get these developed
anymore. Well, there you go. There’s an old Kodak Disk cartridge. OK, So which of these 4 cameras is my favorite? You might assume that I would immediately
jump on this one, because it is after all the best and most advanced camera of this
group. And if for some reason I was forced to use
one of these cameras as my daily work and pleasure camera, well, this would be the one
I would naturally pick. However, to be honest, I have no reason to
do that, because I can just use my good, modern cameras or even my cell phone for that matter. So, my actually, my favorite is the original
Sony Mavica FD7, because it is the most, I think, collectible. It’s the oldest and it’s got the most
unique qualities to it. Speaking of collectibility, I only paid $15
for this on ebay. In fact, I didn’t pay more than $15 for
any of these cameras. There seems to be quite a few of them around,
with the exception of the Panasonic SuperDisk camera; this one was hard to find. But it still didn’t cost very much when
I did find one. But the other cameras, the Mavicas, they just
made so many of them, they are really easy to find. I think they’ll be good collectible cameras
in the future. Well, I hope you enjoyed this and as always,
stick around because I’ve got more stuff coming up! # Music # # Blooper Reel # Alright, so this is my friend Brandon, who
runs a….*Laughing Wheeze* Never actually originally owned a Mavica, I’m only
kind of…ahhh…. In the 1990s, um, I thought… ah… I need a blooper roll on this one.

100 Replies to “Back when cameras used… Floppy Disks? Sony Mavica”

  1. I remember when this camera was on the scene when I was in college and thought it was a cool thing that the camera was using floppy discs for storage which seemed like a good idea since the discs were easily available for cheap.

  2. I bought this camera back in '97 in time for my 1st baby's birth. I think I paid $850 for it at Sears. The competitor cameras at that time allows you to take 6 shots, then its memory is full and you have to download the 6 photos to your computer before you can use it again. So this Mavica FD7 was a no-brainer purchase… you basically have unlimited shots, limited only by how much floppy disks you can carry.

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  4. My Mavica (MVC-FD7) displays "Disk Error". All else seems to work fine. Bought new Sony 3.5" floppy disks (Sony 2HD Ibm Formatted.) same result. The only things I can think of are: Do the disks need a different "file structure/re-formatting?", or do the camera's disk read/write heads need cleaning? If not, any other ideas? If it's "clean the heads," can this be done without takling the body apart? thanx wes

  5. hey, i actually am an owner of one of those Panasonic SD 4090s and it is a fantastic piece of history! I am still looking for the USB cable that connects the camera to the PC so i would transfer the photos to a friend

  6. Sad that ALL these cameras are much, MUCH better than my (dad's) tablet running Android 6.0 KitKat (yes, it's labelled 6.0 with the KitKat easter egg game)

  7. My school used these. We got to take them to sporting events and use them for other school projects. My mind boggled until now about photos on relatively pathetic 1.45mb floppy disks, but I guess it worked. Quality ain't great, but it's not offensive either.

    I used to preach the 3MP thing years ago, anything less wasn't great, and anything more didn't always mean better photos. The megapixel wars have been put to rest, thankfully, and now we're focusing on things that actually make the photos better.

  8. Mavicas are dope af. I had 2. Only thing that pissed me off was the file saving with MVC in the name and everytime you changed the prefix, it would change itsself back everytime you changed the floppy. Odd I notice yours saved it as DSC?

  9. I know this is an old video, but I just wanted to say that the advantage to larger megapixel photos is that you can crop the image down, more for pros than standard users, but it is advantageous for that particular reason

  10. 10x optical zoom is one reason people like these and put up with the floppy. my girlfriend had one and i told her of the floppy/MS converter but she never got one. I have recently found an Olympus floppy/SM yes those flat memory cards. would love you to do a video on how these converters work, the electromechanical aspect intrigues me.

  11. Hell, how memory has improved in 20 years. I mean, how many of my 40MB Raw files would fit on a floppy. Like 5 I guess. It's just insane how fast computer and this stuff has developed

  12. My first digital camera was an Agfa ePhoto 307. It had 2MB internal memory and a serial port connection. I wasn't a fan of the Mavica camaras because I felt like 3.5" floppies were on their way out. The Mavica only slowed their death. It's funny to hear people complain about a smartphone costing $500 when a low end digital camera used to cost more than that.

  13. Any idea from where I could get a replacement floppy ribbon cable for a Mavica? Is it possible to upgrade the internal floppy drive to something larger capacity and faster? If I recall it could only store 1 or 2 pictures at highest resolution. Yet 2.8mb floppies were available.

  14. I picked up a Mavica FD-90 just like the one in this video at a recycler. It's in nearly perfect condition, which is pretty crazy considering it was in a box of junk in the back. It's an amazing camera. It brings back so many memories of my dad's Sony Hi-8 camcorder, plus it's right about as old as I am.

  15. Great video, I still have my Mavica FD95, with Sony add on wide angle lens and filters, extra batteries and the original box it came in.
    Having a real lens really allows this camera to take some fantastic pictures .

  16. There was also a SONY Mavica dye sublimation printer. I owned a Mavica years ago, and used it daily. The print quality off of the dye sub printer wasn't as good as 35mm, but it was acceptable You might want to keep an eye out for one of those some day.

    IIRC, it could print other JPEG files, but it was extremely picky about the file proportions and it may have needed metadata from the Mavica to permit printing a file. I only remember this as I have vague memories about trying to get it to print edited images, and I seem to recollect needing to use a hex editor to copy over the original metadata, but I'm getting old and my memory is a bit hazy at times.

  17. just got myself a perfect working model of a mavica fd-85 with charger and neck strap for 7 bucks at a thrift shop also got a pack of 100 floppy disks for 3 dollars at the same store

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  19. I had the original Mavica way back when. I thought it was so cool. Looking at the photos now, they were AWFUL!

  20. In the 90s there was a HUGE difference between what a consumer grade and what a professional reflex camera could do, and from the consumer camera's, the early digital ones again were the bottom end.
    today you can pull out your Samsun Galaxy and make a picture that could pass as something done by a Pro, so yes digital has come a long long way from the early days.

  21. i know this video is old but every time i see it i wonder, the floppy disk camera could be used with those old memory card to floppy disk adapters?. imagine using one with a 1gb card almost unlimited storage (considering the small size of the photos)

  22. Nobody ever made a faster floppy? Imation's Super Disk? I had one. When I had to go out and load Word Perfect 6 or MS Office 4.3 from diskettes to a bunch on non-networked workstations, it was a huge time saver. Plug it in the parallel port load a couple of drivers and boom. I also had to go load updates on insurance companies computers that came on a bunch of disks and they saved me tons of time. I had the 120 that would hold 120MB on a super disk but would read and write to 1.44 or 720K floppies about 20 times faster. The also made a 240 that that would hold 240 mb on a super disk and could format a regular HD disk to 32MB as well as read/write regular disks. I also sold a TONs of Mavicas to Insurance Adjusters and they saved $1000's on Polaroid film.

  23. back in the dayi had one that didnt use anything.
    it had like 64MB built in storage and a USB 1.0 port to get the images off lol. ( or was in LPT or COM ports? ) probably COM port.

  24. With three megapixels you’re stuck with what’s in the frame you can’t zoom or reframe your shots without losing necessary resolution. And you can totally tell three versus six versus eight verses 16. There is a definite change in quality I don’t know what you’re talking about

  25. I got a FD71 yesterday for 5.99 at goodwill, recharged battery.. and voila.. works 🙂 https://i.imgur.com/BLfxUXd.jpg

  26. Seriously, YT? We don't care about keeping comments respectful, we're here for anarchy.
    I am going to keep commenting this in every comment section I see on the YT app until this is fixed.

  27. my first digital camera was in about year 2000, but friend who was into cameras just laugh at me, – they will newer replase REAL cameras…..

  28. Forgot to say that most people were not using camera at the time… we were with VideoCam …
    Remember HomeVideo TV program ?

  29. I have a few of these cameras I have collected over the years, the only problem I have with them for long term collectability is that they need to use proprietary lithium Infocell batteries. Are these even available anymore and if so will they be available for the foreseeable future? Thanks in advance, great videos and keep them coming!

  30. Even after backing them up I have lost way too many pictures so I no longer use a digital camera until tech advances enough to get them printed out at a decent price I will stick with film.

  31. I just bought an FD7 and FD71 today for $10 a piece. The guy wanted $15 for both but without the chargers and good batteries I manage to talk him down

  32. Mi esposa compró una Mavica en un mercado de pulgas por 20 pesos ( 1 dollar) y yó hice que la regresara porque según yó era algo viejo y obsoleto. Ahora me siento como un idiota.

  33. Worked for a company that had one of these (and used it) long after it was out dated and forgotten by 99% of the population. And they wondered why their web page was never visited.

  34. I remember back in 2008 when I bought a used car, the place I took it to for insurance pictures (bought it from a private party) was still using a Mavica to take pictures of the car. I had a better quality camera than the guy taking pics of my car.

  35. My father was telling me about when cameras had a cartridge they put in that you bought from the drugstore and if it got exposed to light or air it was no good! When you finished it you had to carefully take it out again without exposing it to anything and bring it to a special place where they will take the pictures out…. Now That's What I Call weird. Living in the olden days sounds really rough. Lol..

  36. I remember using one of those digital cameras that took 3.5 floppies in high school. Probably around 2001 maybe early 2002. It was a photo editing class. I didn't know they were that old. I guess at the time they weren't really that old but far from new technology. By that time they were already 4-5 years old.

  37. I love the evolution. As to floppy drives, they were limited on PCs by the interface and standard not by the device or media. Floppy drives were fixed at either 180 or 360 rpm. As it took around 30 seconds to effectively read a whole disk at the higher speed and fastest interface, there was no perceived need for speed. But 3 1/2 " floppy media itself was capable of speeds over 1000rpm and robotic disk duplicators used to operate at these speeds.

  38. I remember back in the early 2000's using one of those to take pictures man it was a blast. I used to have floppy's everywhere.

  39. The boss was going to toss out a Mavica FD75, asked if anyone wanted it. It came with a charger, 2 batteries & a padded box to put it in. I thought the technology somewhat incongruous: recording onto a floppy disk but also having a lens with 10X optical zoom. This camera died about six years ago when the tiny LCD screen lost its backlighting.
    The worksite later had a Fuji digital camera that saved to a MMC (think a thin SD card without the lock on it). Take photos, pop the MMC out & into a floppy disk-shaped MMC card reader to get the shots onto a computer.

  40. I was lucky enough to be introduced to photography and develop my interest through the use of these cameras that a member of the family would borrow from the school she taught at! I would make small gif clip animations of my lego and take family pictures and videos
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  41. 0:55 세계최초의 디지털카메라 소니 마비카 (저장장치 : 플로피디스크 , 1:03 1997년 필름카메라 , 1:44 MS 윈도우95(1995년출시) , 1:54 , 2:10 USB Port 가 대중화 된건 2002년 부터 , 2:17 , 2:49 왜이렇게 불편해??? , 3:02 , 3:13 , 3:36 , 3:48 , 9:34 소니 마비카 사진 , 11:30

  42. 1 meg pixel cam.. Poor image quality .. And unbelievable $1200. Price tag .. Critics in magazines nearly killed the dream of digital ..

  43. 1:19 what model of keyboard is that? it looks really nice – the arrow keys & numeric keypad are both laid out how I like them, which is surprisingly uncommon

  44. I like u guys. Jennifer moved I'm playing nitendo gamecube with my wirerless madcatz controller listening to the 8 bit guy can't wait tell saturday.

  45. Good review. Another thing is in 1997 we were all on dial up, 56Kbps at best, but in 97 a lot of 28.8 Kbps and slower modems and windows 3.1 as well and a picture above 640×480 was a nightmare to wait to load or send.

  46. 8:54 I watched that movie when I was 6 or something, that scene was so terrifying, I had nightmares for years and it still freaks me out to this day.

  47. My parents got a couple of those type of cameras.. used them until the late 2000s. Still all work perfectly to this day!

  48. Check the Mavica FD91 (I have one) 14x optical zoom, image stabilisation and a white balance system…. very impressive camera! shame of the 0.8mp sensor though

  49. "Too large"…dude..this was 20 years ago.
    It is what was available. You can't compare today with back then…and you just did.

  50. What about the mavica fd1? It looked like a 35mm camera. I had one and it took great photos. It wasn’t even rated at 1 megapixel yet had that high of quality

  51. Was the Mavica the first floppy drive camera? I remember my elementary school Art teacher had a floppy drive camera. I was so impressed by it that when I got my first chance, I bought a Kodak EasyShare. (It used an SD card)
    But, I think the teacher had the floppy disk camera back in 1994 or 1995, so I'm wondering if anything came out earlier. Or maybe my teacher was part of a test group? I don't know.

  52. I used (and still have) a Mavica 83. It used the 1.44mb disks. It was good for many years, but then you kept needing to raise the resolution to keep the pictures looking good to keep up with the PC's. At the end you could only fit 3-4 pictures per disk, and it wasn't worth the trouble anymore. But the pictures always looked good.

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