Dumpster Dive: Sony Digital Mavica MVC-FD73 (Floppy Digital Camera)

Another day, another dumpster dive, another hit… a digital camera that uses 3.5″ floppy drives as storage device. A Sony Digital Mavica MVC-FD73.

My first surprise was that I was still able to charge the cameras battery. The second surprise was that it was still working flawless. And when doing some background research there was a third surprise that Sony still provides a manual (PDF). I did not expect any of these points.

Max. resolution 640 x 480 (0.4 megapixels)
Sensor type CCD (ISO 100)
Optical zoom 10x (focal length ~ 40-400 mm)
Screen size 2.5"
Screen dots 84,000
Min shutter speed 1/60 sec
Max shutter speed 1/4000 sec
Weight (inc. batteries) ca. 500 g
Dimensions (ca.) 138 x 103 x 62 mm

Sony Digital Mavica MVC-FD73 FloppySony Digital Mavica MVC-FD73 Back

I’ve taken two sample pictures with the camera – one of my keyboard (in low resolution) and one of my children’s toys (in high resolution). In both cases the resolution is 640 x 480 pixel (VGA) but the compression and thereby the file size differs. It is also visible by the higher number of artefacts.

Sample Photo MVC-FD73 Lo-Res Sample Photo MVC-FD73 Hi-Res

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