Sony DSC-P50

The Sony DSC-P50 is a fairly nondescript digital camera introduced in 2001. The P50 belongs to the now defunct “P” series of Sony Cyber-shot cameras which are characterized by squat physical proportions and rounded edges. Normally, I wouldn’t bother posting something like this on Vintage Camera Lab but this humble Sony has the distinction of being my very first digital camera, the one that liberated me from what, as a poor college student, I considered to be the prohibitively high cost of buying/processing film and allowed me to shoot to my heart’s content.

Sony DSC-F1

The Sony DSC-F1 is Sony’s first ever commercially-available digital camera, the very first model released under the “Cyber-shot” line of consumer digital cameras, and also the first of their high-end F series which all feature rotatable lenses. The F1 wowed the masses when it was announced, being named one of Business Week magazine’s “Top New Products” and receiving the “Innovations Award” at the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.

Sony Digital Mavica FD-81

The Sony Digital Mavica FD-81 is an early consumer-grade digital camera that was released by Sony at the dawn of the megapixel wars for a whopping $899 (roughly $1,275 in today’s dollars). The Mavica series—which is short for Magnetic Video Camera—is notable for its use of removable disks to store images, starting with bespoke Video Floppies before graduating to 3.5″ floppy disks (like this FD-81), and eventually mini CD-Rs and mini CD-RWs.