This reminded me of a book I bought years ago (~2006) called more electronic gadgets for the evil genius. One of the ideas was to hide a capacitor in a tennis ball and add an couple conductive tape pads to each side. Charge it up and throw it to someone!
Had a little comment saying a large capacitor would make a bigger shock, but no real warning!
That's awesome! By coincidence an old Sony Mavica FD-85 from ebay was my xmas gift to an inquisitive 7-year-old, so he could see what old cameras looked like, and hopefully he will tear it down soon!
I'll send him this video link, so he can compare : )
In middle school, we had an Apple QuickTake which used a (proprietary?) disk. Then in college, we had a Mavica in the labs to take "screenshots" of oscilloscopes and spectrum analyzers. Even back in the late 90s, I wondered how long it would be until digital cameras could record video to a floppy disk. (I don't think the one we had in college could do MPEG video. but I might remember that wrong.)
Speaking of Floppy Disks... my experience has been: if you can find New-Old stock produced in the 90s, they are more reliable than the disks sold in the early 2000s.
My high school had one (ONE!) of these and I thought it was the most amazing thing! The yearbook staff used it, and it produced photos decent enough for publication. I lusted after one for a long time, but I ended up getting a second-hand Zip Drive instead!
It may have been a lower quality picture than a good 35mm, but was it worse than a 35mm scanned (by a 1990 scanner)?
Excusing the random and uninteresting subject matter of my kitchen table and wall paper, but I think the photo is respectable?
With that said, great fun to play with, and an interesting tear down!
Nice tear down.
I have one of those camera's and it is on my list of things to tear down.
For its day, it was a good design. Crappy picture, but it did put you into the world of digital imaging.