Minox has revealed the latest version of its miniaturized digital classic camera, the Minox DCC 14.0. The tiny camera – which is made to a scale of 1:3 and can fit in the palm of your hand – features a 14-megapixel sensor, a fixed lens and an optical viewfinder. But users shouldn't expect image quality to rival higher-end (and considerably larger) retro-shooters like the Fujifilm X100S.
At first glance the Minox DCC 14.0 certainly looks the part, complete with nice touches like a chrome-plated brass lens cap and a metal plug-on optical viewfinder. However, the DCC 14.0, and earlier versions like the tiny Leica M3 or DCC 5.1 are more collectors' toys than serious photographic tools.
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For starters, Minox has not stated the size of the 14-megapixel CMOS image sensor used in the DCC 14.0. However, it has said that the F2.4 7.4mm lens gives a focal length equivalent of approximately 45mm in 35mm format. That suggests the camera uses something like a 1/2.5-inch sensor (5.76 x 4.29 mm), the same as deployed in a budget compact point-and-shoot, which is essentially what this is … albeit in a very nice-looking package.
While the camera looks like it should offer manual controls, it's actually fully automatic. The shutter speed dial won't do anything … and what did you expect a film advance lever to do on a digital camera anyway? The pint-sized camera shoots JPEG images or AVI video at a modest 640 x 480 pixels, and records them to an SD card. It has a 4x digital zoom, a minimum focusing distance of 50 cm (20 inches) and a two-inch LCD on the the rear.
But technical specs are not what this camera is about – it's about the retro styling which has been squeezed into the miniaturized 82 x 67 x 46 mm (3.2 x 2.6 x 1.8 inch) body which weighs just 113.5 g (4 oz.). Proving it's aimed at collectors, the DCC 14.0 comes in a satin-lined wooden box. Optional accessories include a wide angle converter, tele-converter and a classic camera flash.
The Minox DCC 14.0 will be available in either black or silver for a price of US$240.
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