Retro Chic – Apple QuickTake 100 (1994)

What’s the story?There was a time when everything Apple touched didn’t turn to gold (or an aluminium monobloc). In fact, in the early’90s Apple was

What’s the story?

There was a time when everything Apple touched didn’t turn to gold (or an aluminium monobloc). In fact, in the early’90s Apple was a bona fide underdog. In an effort to stake a claim outside of its battle with Microsoft, Cupertino’s favourite multi-national turned to cameras. The Kodak-made QuickTake 100 was the result.

Why should I want one?

Er, you probably won’t. Put it this way, swapping your 10MP compact for a second-hand QuickTake is like ditching your iPhone for a Nokia 3210. With 1MB of memory the 100 could only store eight photos at its maximum resolution (640x480) and there wasn’t even a screen to review them. You won’t find focus or zoom controls either. Anyone surfing eBay for an Apple snapper will be doing it purely as an act of gadget archaeology. It’ll look just dandy in your display cabinet, next to the Macintosh SE.

What should I look for?

Most QuickTakes for sale are in America but you can have one shipped over for about £15. The problems will start when you try to get your photos off the camera. You’ll need an OS7, 8 or 9 Mac (not OS X) and an RS-232 cable to connect them up. If you get that far you can download a PDF of the original manual here: bit.ly/quicktakemanual.

eBay price £50

[Main image courtesy of Mario Amaya]

 

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