The Olympus Mju Mini Digital. Perhaps the best designed, and best looking digital camera of all time? With a small, stylish, smooth metal body, awesome sliding lens cover, and gorgeous gunmetal mode dial, it certainly looked awesome, especially when available in striking colours. Announced in September 2004, previewed and reviewed by us, it featured a 4 megapixel sensor, a 2x optical zoom lens, and a 1.8″ screen. It was followed up by the Olympus Mju Mini Digital S – in 2005 – which had a 5 megapixel upgrade and more subtle colours, we wonder why the camera was killed off so soon? Especially when it could have evolved into this wooden digital camera!
The Sony Cybershot L1 from 2005, reviewed here, was quite advanced for it’s time featuring a VGA 30fps video mode, a 4mp sensor, and 3x optical zoom lens. This camera went with me everywhere, for a very long time, it was a “True pocket camera”, shaped like a mars bar, it had a reassuringly thick metal outer shell that survived many scratches and knocks (until it sadly died). Even though it only had a tiny 1.5″ screen, it could take great colourful photos, and I especially liked the 3:2 aspect ratio mode, and lens flare. I waited patiently for it’s replacement, but the closest I came to finding it was the Canon Digital IXUS i7 Zoom which is no longer available.
The Casio Exilim S100, also from 2005, reviewed here, with only 3 megapixels, and a 2.8x optical zoom, it may not seem very exciting, but it was the world’s first (and only?) digital camera with a “ceramic lens”, this camera was not only exciting because it was slim (at 16.7mm thin), but also because it had a great metal body. It was fun too with face joining best shot mode (coupling shot, which is now missing from Casio cameras), it survived many trips around Europe, and had an impressively tough case available for it as an optional extra. Photos were quite colourful too.
What digital cameras do you miss? Or what do you want from a digital camera that doesn’t seem to exist in todays market? Leave a comment below!