Did you know Apple was into digital cameras way before the iPhone? Yes, our favorite computer company ventured into helping us capture memories over 20 years ago. They produced a series of Apple QuickTake cameras beginning in 1994.
Apple produced one of the first digital cameras targeting consumers with the QuickTake line. The first model, the QuickTake 100, came out in 1994. It stored like 32 shots (320×240 res) and could be downloaded to any Mac. Then the next year Apple rolled out the QuickTake 150.
Both the 100 and 150 were huge cameras that looked more like binoculars. They were expensive too at $750 and $700, respectively.
Time Magazine featured the QuickTake Camera as one of the ALL-TIME 100 Gadgets from 1923 to the present (the article was written in 2010).
And then in 1997 Apple introduced the QuickTake 200. This was a much more compact camera that stored images on SmartMedia card. It cost $600 and was built by Fuji.
Pretty interesting stuff when you go back and read the history of digital photography. Kodak was right there, in fact, they produced the QuickTake 100 and 150 for Apple, but they were afraid digital photography would cannibalize its film business, and it did. They filed bankruptcy in 2012.
Apple both initiated the digital camera revolution 20 years ago and helped end it as well. Stewart Wolpin, Mashable.
You know me. I’m into Apple history so I added the 150 and 200 to my collection. I’d love to find an unused 100 one day for the complete line.
While I couldn’t find a comparison of the quality of the images of Apple’s cameras starting with the QuickTake line, I did from the original iPhone thru to the iPhone 6. Pretty clear they keep getting better and better.
QuickTake 100 Photo Credit. Time Magazine.