Video: a Retro Overview of Sony’s 24-year-old Mavica FD5 digicam, which used floppy discs for storage: Digital Images Overview


Gordon Laing has shared one other episode of Retro Evaluations, this time reviewing the 24-year-old Sony Mavica FD5, considered one of Sony’s earliest digital cameras that recorded cameras straight to three.5” floppy discs.

The Mavica FD5 was launched in 1997 and retailed for round $600. Whereas not the primary Mavica digicam, it was the primary digital Mavica digicam. As Gordon explains within the 13-minute video, the promoting level of the FD5 was its use of the ever present 3.5” floppy disc as a storage medium. Whereas most different digital cameras within the mid-to-late Nineteen Nineties both used built-in storage or dearer (and typically proprietary) storage options, Sony opted to go for an answer that didn’t require most customers to exit and buy extra {hardware}.

Naturally, this answer made for a fairly giant, square-shaped digicam. However, other than its brick-like ergonomics [insert Sony ergonomics joke here], Gordon suggests the digicam is pretty intuitive and easy as a consequence of its nearly completely auto nature (the one adjustable setting was publicity compensation +/- 1.5EV in .5EV increments). Nevertheless, there are a couple of consumer expertise quirks, such because the digicam displaying solely the numbers of pictures captured, not what number of stay till your 1.4MB of storage is used up.

Under is a group of pattern images captured by Gordon with the Mavica FD5, used along with his permission:

On the coronary heart of the FD5 was a CCD sensor that was carried over from Sony’s line of digital video cameras and provided a whopping .3MP (640 x 480 pixels) of decision. Gordon notes the digicam applies fairly aggressive JPEG compression to the photographs to be able to match 20–40 60KB images onto a single 3.5” 1.4MP floppy disc. The mounted focal size lens on the FD5 is a 47mm equal with a slider on the entrance of the digicam for activating a macro lens that popped in entrance of the primary lens.

The FD5 makes use of Sony’s FP-530 batteries, which have been rated for as much as 500 photographs per cost. Nevertheless, reviewing pictures and protecting the rear LCD show on for prolonged durations of time dramatically cuts into that shot rely.

As all the time, Gordon’s video coincides with a written Retro Overview of the digicam, which you’ll learn over on CameraLabs. You will discover extra of his Retro Evaluations on Gordon’s DinoBytes YouTube channel and discover his different pictures work on his digicam evaluate web site, CameraLabs.


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