Apple QuickTake Cameras are soooo cool!
Apple only made 3 models. The 100, 150, and 200. I don’t know if that’s a blessing or a curse. On one hand, it’s easy to complete the collection since there’s only 3 models. (Unlike the Newtons where there’s 8, counting the eMate 300.) On the other hand, with 3 models there’s not a lot to find on eBay. These cameras were short lived so they might be hard to find. (Especially in the box.) Each model was only around for about a year spanning 1995 - 1997.
I’ve had my eyes on eBay for a while and I’ve seen the 150s and 200s pop up frequently. Very rarely do I see a 100. I plan on getting all three models in the box. So patience is the key.
I scored the 150 in the box with all the trimmings for a paltry $39 bucks! I hope the eBay gnomes are as generous when it comes time to bid on a 100 and 200!
I was so exited to try out the camera, but unfortunately the manual warns that alkaline batteries can damage the camera. The manual states to use lithium batteries. Who has lithium batteries lying around at twice the price of alkalines? I ran down to Radio Shack to pick up a 4 pack of AAs. They wanted $12.99! They must be crazy! I hopped on Amazon and ordered them for $6 bucks with free shipping.
Once the batteries came in, I was able to try out the camera. I snapped a few shots. It worked great.
I then installed the bundled software on my Mac Color Classic and connected the QuickTake 150.
It just works! Awesome. The picture of my kids dressed up as Mario and Luigi will make a great wallpaper!
The images look pretty good on those old low resolution monitors. They make for great desktop wallpapers.
Here’s the actual image file. Of course it was originally taken as a QuickDraw file (proprietary PICT format). The PhotoFlash app allows you the save the images as jpegs.
Not bad at a whopping 640x480. Still, don’t know if I would have dropped $700 on one back in 1995.
In any case, I can’t wait to grab them all!