As I promised in my earlier article on how to make a serial cable for the Apple QuickTake 100 I’ve taken this baby out for a test drive.
Given the price of this camera in 1994 was $749 which equates to around $1163 today I’m expecting some very big things from this bad boy.
Some of you may be wondering how many megapixels a device of this caliber is packing. 10? 20? 100? Well you would all be wrong. The QuickTake doesn’t need massive amounts of pixels to do its work and it is not ashamed of its .3 megapixel resolution or even its meager 8 picture storage capacity. What it lacks in technical ability it makes up for in endurance and pure moxy.
Some people may think that the lack of a removable media card or transferring photos via serial port is quaint. But I ask you what ever happened to the anticipation that used to surround photography? Waiting for days as the photo lab processed your role of film or spending hours in the darkroom to see the results of your hard work. With the QuickTake you can once again relive these moments in a small way as you patiently wait for your pictures to transfer at 19200 bit/s.
In all seriousness and as a bit of a surprise to myself the resulting photos aren’t nearly as bad as I expected.
First an outdoor shot with good light at a close distance
As you can see color representation seems fair and the resolution is acceptable at smaller sizes. It really would have been a great piece of gear in 1994.
Second a shot with a bit of distance in similar light
In this shot the resolution definitely suffers when looking at the trucks in the background but hey the sky turned out fairly well.
Finally a night shot with no flash
I didn’t have high hopes for this shot. It does have a bit of grain but less than what I had anticipated. I wouldn’t want to take any low light pictures with this camera but luckily the flash does work quite well even if it does cast a slightly yellowish hue on the subjects.