Sunday, 7 March 2010

Canon ion 251 review, part 4 (picture quality)

The only way to access the images on the camera disk, is to connect it to a TV set, or to a digitizer card. I don't have either, so I connected it to my monitor, and photographed it. The images were then corrected for aspect ratio, and rescaled.

Here are some example images:


The concluding remark must be that this camera is not recommended. It shows that the consumer digital cameras have come a long way during the last twenty years.

Another remark is that this is not really a digital camera at all. The CCD captures analogue images, and the images are stored on analogue magnetic disks. The image is probably never converted to digital inside the camera at all.

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  1. Thanks for the review! It brought back some memories. The Xapshot was the first non-film camera I ever used.

    Back in the early 90's I was working in a college library, where I was tasked with creating an interactive instructional application for use by students. I used the college's nearly new Xapshot for all the supporting photos. The pics were transferred via the composite video input on a Truevision Targa + card. The captured images were a bit clearer than your monitor photos, and adequate for VGA screen resolution. And everyone was happy that it was so much cheaper and more efficient than scanning negatives or Polaroids. We later used a Kodak DC40 and an Apple QuickTake.

  2. That brought back some memories.
    I had one of these back around 91. Had some fun with it and it was nice to get away from the cost of film at the time.
    At one point out hill walking I dropped it partly in a stream. The damp didn't help it at all and of course it stopped working. But we dried it out in the back window of the car and a couple of hours later it was fine. In the end it was stolen when we were burgled. So that was goodbye to that. Except the burglar was caught for another crime and the camera was found at his home with my pictures on it and we got it back from the police. After that as the insurance had paid out I gave it to a mate and I guess moved on to a string of digital cameras over the years.

  3. fantastic! i just broke out my old college photography book (The 35mm Handbook) and it mentioned this very camera in the "new" digital imaging section. i was looking at other articles on yours site and saw this camera on the right side bar and my jaw dropped!

  4. Oh man, I totally wanted a Xapshot as a kid! Being able to see your photos on TV seemed like the coolest thing back then.