A more futuristic world of vintage digital cameras – CAR&TECH – Esquire VRESP

PENTAX
OPTION MX4
Founded in 1919 under the name of Asahi Optics, Pentax produced eyeglass lenses and expanded its business to include projectors, camera lenses, and film cameras, eventually launching the Optio, a digital ‘point and shoot’ camera series in the 2000s. . The early 2000s, when PCs and the Internet were in full swing, was also a time when the optical paradigm shifted from film to digital. Pentax’s Optio series sailed through this wave of change, receiving love for its convenience and compact design. The Optio series has had dozens of models released over the years, and the Optio MX4 is one of the models that attracted the most attention. Equipped with a head-up & 180° rotating display, you can not only shoot subjects from various angles, but also shoot from unusual positions, like shooting a gun. It was the optimal camera for enthusiasts who could attract the attention of those around them just by taking out this model anywhere and shooting it like shooting a pistol like in a Wong Kar-wai movie. It also made a name for itself as a model optimized for taking selfies along with Coolpix, so if Instagram had existed at the time, many influencers would have used Optio. But it wasn’t just for attention. This was designed to make it easier for photographers who need to hold the camera while shooting video. Due to its unique appearance, it supports 10x optical zoom, making it easy to capture distant subjects, and using manual modes such as M, Av, and Tv, the photographer can control exposure settings in detail. In addition, you can get a variety of results to suit your taste through 8 types of color filters and vividness, saturation, and contrast settings, making it a filter that you still want to buy and use. Seungjun Lee (CEO of Camera Shop Daily Delusion)

KODAK
EASYSHARE C875
Kodak, the world’s first mass-produced photosensitive film brand in the United States in the late 19th century, seemed to be changing with the times by developing the world’s first digital camera in 1975. However, since the 2000s, investment in digital has been neglected to maintain stable camera film sales. In the end, its market share was lost to competitors who were latecomers to the camera, and it lost its former glory by selling off a significant portion of its camera division in 2012. However, among the products released during Kodak’s glory days, the Easy series has always been popular. First introduced in 2001, Kodak’s powerful lineup has captivated many customers with its outstanding ease of use and economics. There are various detailed series such as EasyShare DX (early model), EasyShare C (small), and EasyShare Z (high-end). Among them, the EasyShare C series models are popular because they are easy to use and small in size. This series is the C875, also known as the ‘New Jeans digital camera’, which was recently used as a prop by New Jeans members during a photo shoot. The C875, released in 2006, has buttons and dials on the top and buttons on the back concentrated on the right, allowing all operations to be performed with one hand. It is equipped with a 2.5-inch display that is quite large for a small digital camera, making it easy to operate and usable. do. It contains almost all the functions required for a point-and-shoot camera, including an 8-megapixel CCD sensor that is still sufficient for everyday shooting, various scene modes, manual settings, and video shooting. Seungjun Lee (CEO of Camera Shop Daily Delusion)

CASIO
EX-Z780
One of the important reasons to look for vintage digital cameras is simply because they are pretty. High-performance cameras such as mirrorless or DSLR are often pitch black or film camera style, and are clunky. On the other hand, what about digital cameras from the 2000s? Just looking at pink, you can find many pink models, including baby pink, hot pink, and salmon pink. There were a variety of colors such as blue, red, black, and silver, but what about the design? There were a lot of pretty cameras with rotating lenses and, to put it mildly, a little thicker than a thick notebook. Among them, the series that is currently touching the hearts of people in their 20s is Casio’s Exlim series. Among them, the Casio EX-Z780, a bright pink cherry-like color with a metallic texture, weighs only 145g. Once you hold this camera in your hands, you will immediately understand why it is so popular. It is impossible to explain the feeling of a grip that fits comfortably in the palm of your hand without actually touching it. Although it has a lot of 2000s sensibility, its strength is that it was released in the late 2000s and can be charged like a cell phone using a USB port. It also supports 26 shooting modes, making it ideal for beginners who want to use vintage cameras as filters. Kyeong-Hae Lee (CEO of Camera Shop Vintage Shot Shot)

FUJIFILM
FINEPIX 4700Z
Fujifilm was founded in 1934 with a focus on producing photographic film, as the company name suggests, and followed the trend of the times by launching a digital camera with an integrated memory card quite early in 1988. In particular, compared to several other film manufacturers and digital camera companies that were involved in the process, the company is evaluated as having smoothly transitioned its expertise in film technology to the digital era. Along with Coolpix, Fujifilm’s representative model, which was called ‘national class’ in the digital camera market at the time, is Finepix. FinePix has released series with various strengths such as A, F, Z, J, and S, and the most famous model among them is the FinePix 4700z, released in 2000. This model, one of the earliest models, was equipped with the world’s first super honeycomb CCD and was loved for its high definition. In particular, it is a model that collaborated with the global optical brand Leica, and was released by Leica under the name ‘Digilux 4.3’ with the same design. At the time, it was a very expensive model priced at 128,000 yen in Japan, the country of release, and 1.8 million won in Korea, so even 20 years later, it is still an extremely popular model that is always in short supply. The most retro feature is that it uses a 2.4 million Super CCD (4.32 million pixels) and a smart media memory card, and a big attractive point is that the greeting “Hello” is displayed on the monitor when turning it on and “Bye!” when turning it off. . It is still very popular thanks to its use of AA batteries, which are easy to obtain, its vertical shape made of aluminum and magnesium alloy, and its texture similar to Fujifilm’s film cameras. Hyungseok Wang (Co-CEO of Camera Shop UnderEXP Camera)

NIKON
COOLPIX 2500
The early 2000s was a time when the digital camera market was growing explosively. You could immediately check the photos recorded on the storage medium without having to go through processes such as ‘development’ and ‘scanning’, and it was easy to move the files to the computer. There was another factor that spurred this convenience: online community services such as Cyworld and Pritzel. As the culture of sharing and communicating photos in communities and personal photo albums became more common, the digitalization trend further accelerated. Even in the midst of the proliferation of cameras, Nikon’s Coolpix series was the model that was seen overwhelmingly enough to be called the ‘national digital camera’. The Nikon Coolpix 2500 is the model that Jung-min Hwang, Seung-woo Cho, and Jin-hee Ji took on their friendship trip and used to create the legendary ‘Hwangjo-ji’ meme. This model, released in 2002, shocked the public with its sophisticated design and excellent performance. In particular, it was quite shocking that selfies could be taken with a rotating lens. It is equipped with a 2-megapixel CCD sensor, the highest pixel level at the time of release, and a 3x optical zoom lens from up to 37mm to 111mm, with an aperture of f/2.7-f/4.8. It provides modes suitable for various shooting environments, and in addition to being functional, it is also portable with a compact size of 114×60×32mm that fits easily into a pocket and a light weight of only 165g. Thanks to the popularity of the Coolpix 2500, Nikon continued to develop the Coolpix series, and has been a big player in the digital market for quite a long time with enhanced models such as the follow-up Coolpix 3500, Coolpix SQ, and Coolpix S10. Baesan Seo (Co-CEO of UnderEXP Camera)

FUJIFILM
FINEPIX J40
As mentioned before, along with Coolpix, Fujifilm’s representative model, Finepix, was called ‘national class’ in the digital camera market at the time. If the 4700z introduced earlier was the progenitor of digital cameras in 2000, the FinePix J40, part of the FinePix J series, can be considered the last model of the digital camera era. This is because it is a digital camera that was released after the iPhone 3GS was released in 2010, that is, in June 2009, which shocked and terrified the whole world. There is no need to emphasize that with the release of the iPhone and the generalization of smartphones, digital cameras began to disappear from the market. However, the fact that it is the ‘last model to come out’ serves as an advantage in the vintage market. This model is one of the smallest digital cameras from the 2000s available today, weighing only 113g. Similar to Exlim, it feels great in the palm of your hand. The built-in flash can be set to three modes: auto, no flash, and forced flash (at the time, there were models that did not use auto), and in particular, when the flash is fired, Fujifilm’s unique retro texture comes to life. Equipped with an anti-shake mode, it is optimized for shooting while moving after attaching the strap to the wrist. Kyeong-Hae Lee (CEO of Camera Shop Vintage Shot Shot)

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