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My first forays into digital photography were in the mid 1980s. I’ll leave this story for a future blog post.

I purchased my first 1/2 megapixel Sony Mavica floppy disc camera in 1997 for nearly $1,000. This too deserves it’s own future blog post.

So here, I want to introduce you to my second Sony Floppy disc camera, which I bought for $900, late in 1998.

I should first explain what a floppy disc is for those that have never used them. These are 3 1/2″ discs of magnetic tape that are encased into a hard plastic case. Each is capable of holding 1.44 MB of data.

Back then, floppy discs were used by most computers for many purposes. Today, there are USB floppy disc drives that still work with most modern computers like my Intel based MacMini.

My Mavica can store as many as 35 to 40 shots on a single floppy disc. Each image is 1024 x 768 pixels and takes up less than 50 KB of space!

Below, I will inset several photo to give you a feel for their qualities for yourself.

I made the following photos using my Sony Mavica Floppy disc camera at Cape May, NJ seashore in 1999.

Such low resolution images still look fine when printed up to 6″ x 9″.

And for web photography this image size is perfect! It loads quickly and is still capable of revealing the key details and sensitive lighting and colors, even in less than 50 KB!

I still use this camera preparing photos for ebay sales and of course, my WordPress blog.

It’s lens is a 14x super zoom lens that focuses down to 1″.

And it’s easy to see what you are shooting because it has an EVF (electronic view finder) as well as a movable LCD display that can even be pointed forward so you can use the camera for self portraits!

Oh, and it even shoots movies, too! You can shoot a short video that is the ideal size to send in emails!

So, I believe that I’ve was able to produce fine looking photos with 1 megapixel cameras!

BTW I repurchased the above camera last year on ebay for only $25!

There is a ‘trick’ to these photos … I printed them using Aperture 3. With this software, I’ve been able to remove the chromatic aberration and noise plus control the tonalities using it’s curves and levels controls.

You can download your own 30-day free trial of Aperture, here. Watch their free training videos and then give it a try on your oldest digital files and see what Aperture 3’s magic can do for them!

I’ve used every photo editing app since the original Digital Darkroom software, back in the 1980’s and none of them hold a candle to what you can do using Aperture 3. It’s a game changer!

And as you can see here, it has revolutionized all of my digital photographs, new and old!


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