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Digital Camera - Apple 'QuickTake 100', 1994 Object Reg. No: HT 13348

Summary:
Apple QuickTake 100 digital camera with connecting cable, carry bag and battery booster, released in 1994. It is a moulded grey plastic digital camera with focus and aperture adjustment, inbuilt flash, carry strap and vinyl carry case. It could be connected to any Macintosh by way of an Apple serial cable. It is believed that the QuickTake 100 was built for Apple by Kodak.

Apple was the first computer company to release a digital camera. The QuickTake 100 camera was the first digital camera released by Apple. The QuickTake 100 was one of the first consumer digital cameras. The QuickTake 100 had ease-of-use for the capture and transfer of digital images directly from camera to the computer for manipulation and printing, because of the seamless integration of software and hardware.

The QuickTake camera series was launched in 1994 by Apple Computer and was discontinued in 1997. It facilitated the ready incorporation of photographs into documents printed using desktop publishing methods, but the resolution supported by the camera (0.3 megapixels) was so low and the end product so unsatisfactory, that it was preferable to produce photographs by conventional silver halide processes and scan them with a scanner to produce a digital file. Some use was made of QuickTake cameras to take photographs for use in web pages on the world wide web where the resolution requirements were less demanding. Apple's brief venture into digital photography seems to evidence a continuing interest in extending desktop publishing capabilities.

Apple released a connection kit for Microsoft Windows with the QuickTake 150 in 1995. The last QuickTake model was the 200, released in 1996. The QuickTake did not sell very well, because other companies such as Kodak, Fujifilm, Canon and Nikon entered the digital market with brands consumers associated with photography. It was discontinued in 1997 shortly after Steve Jobs came back to Apple and was attempting to solve Apple's financial problems.

From 1997 onwards, the donor used this QuickTake 100 digital camera in a virtual tours project for the real estate industry, in which potential buyers of real estate could take virtual tours through homes for sale. Apple QuickTime VR software was used. The donor says that instant access to the photographic images and being able to download directly into a computer and manipulate the images directly on the computer was a major revolution over waiting for days for conventional photographs to be processed. The QuickTake camera was replaced when better digital cameras came along, as did better virtual tour generation software.

This item is part of a representative collection of hardware, software, trade literature and promotional material that documents the history of the Apple company, and its contribution to, and impact on the computer industry and society.
Description:
Camera
Carry bag
Battery booster
Cable
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Russell Sloan, 2006
Discipline: Technology
Dimension Comment: See parts records for dimensions

More information

Tagged with: cameras, computers, digital cameras, digital photography, photographic equipment, photography, kodak dc40, making history - apple computer collection
Themes this item is part of: Internet Macintosh User Group (iMug) Collection, The Apple Computer Story - Imaging 1987-1994, Images & Image Making Collection, Information & Communication Collection
Primary Classification: COMPUTING & CALCULATING
Secondary Classification: Digital Computing
Tertiary Classification: digital image capture
Inscriptions: 'Quicktake 100' above Apple Logo
Manufacturer: Apple Computer Inc, Cupertino, California, United States of America, 1994

Apple rebadged a camera model constructed by a third party.

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