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The Gadget We Miss: The Casio QV-10 Digital Camera

One of the first consumer digital cameras defined the category

Richard Baguley
Sep 1, 2013 · 7 min read
The Casio QV-10 / Wikimedia Commons
The internals of a Casio QV-10. A modern cell phone camera offers more features, processing power, memory and resolution in a single chip.

My dog Fester captured by the QV-10
Julius the Grumpy Pug captured by the QV-10

But something about the immediacy of the experience captured me: being able to take photos and see them on the screen a few seconds later felt slightly unsettling.

This ability made it a camera for everyone, not just for those who knew the dark arts of developing and printing photos, or who trusted others to do it for them.

A tree and power lines. Note the lack of detail in the leaves of the trees, and the JPEG artifacts on the power lines.

And that is why I miss the QV-10: it was the first camera that convinced me of the potential of digital cameras to change not just how people take photos, but the way that they approach the task of taking photos.

The Casio QV-10 used heavy JPEG compression to keep the images small. Look at the obvious JPEG artifacts on the railway lines in this image.

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