There’s no autofocus, let alone face recognition, and you could make a cup of tea in the time it takes to shoot one exposure. Yet this could be the world’s most expensive camera.
The reason? The Daguerreotype Giroux is the world’s oldest commercially-produced camera, and therefore the seed of every point-and-shoot pocket cam you’ve ever owned, and every quick-firing DSLR that appears on this site.
It’s going under the hammer at the WestLicht Photographica Auction on May 29 in Vienna, Austria, with a starting price of €200,000 (£175,000). It’s expected to fetch as much as €700,000 (£606,500). Fancy bidding? You can visit the auction house website.
Or you could splash a lot less cash on something a bit more practical. We would.