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Gadget Hall of Fame: Apple QuickTake 100

Hands up if you remember this bulky beast

The Apple QuickTake 100 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?

Why should I want one?

Er, you probably won’t. Put it this way, swapping your smartphone snapper for a second-hand QuickTake is like ditching your iPhone for two paper cups connected by string.

With 1MB of memory the 100 could only store eight photos (!) at its maximum resolution (640×480), and there wasn’t even a screen to review them. Madness.

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 and your bust of Steve Jobs, though.

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What should I look for?

Most QuickTakes for sale are in America but you can have one shipped over if you’re willing to pay a little extra. Be warned though – you’ll have problems getting your terrible 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 right here.

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