Throwback Digital Photography / by Julian Kramer

DigitalRev just released a "Cheap Camera Challenge" video with Matt Uhser, using a 16-year old Nikon Coolpix 995 camera, that happened to be my first digital camera (aside from the Leica digilux I occasionally stole from my dad).

The video is actually not the most entertaining one from the series (I highly recommend you to check out the whole playlist on YouTube), but it brought back some fun memories and it made me realize how incredibly experimental digital camera manufacturers were back in the days. 

Nikon Coolpix 995 (2001)

Nikon Coolpix 995 (2001)

The crazy lens-tilt system made the Coolpix 9xx series a lot of fun to experiment with and go for new angles that you just couldn't do before with that ease.

And if you also look at the previously mentioned Leica digilux 1, it basically was a portrait formfactor camera just like most people are using their cell phone nowadays to snapchat (horrible) vertical video.  

Leica digilux (1998)

Don't get me wrong, I absolutely love the formfactor and punch my RX1RII delivers, but i sometimes wish electronic manufacturers would be a bit more experimental and playful in their designs nowadays...