Oops, I did it again! After my experience with the vintage camera Kamerastore outlet box that is (still) an ongoing project I was excited to find that they had released some more boxes. There were over 100 boxes of analogue and digital cameras, and although there were lots of film camera boxes that were appealing this time I knew that I wanted to explore ‘vintage’ digital.
Looking at the digital camera boxes available there were a few with very old 2 and 3 megapixel cameras, but I was keen to convert at least a couple of the cameras to infrared. Box 1332 seemed to have a good range of cameras, and from my preliminary research some of the cameras in this box seemed to be quite decent specification models.
With some trepidation, bearing in mind that the outlet boxes are sold ‘as is’ and cameras might not be in working order, I took the plunge and ordered box 1332 for 35€ plus delivery. Despatched from Kamerastore in Finland on the 19 April, a slightly heavier than expected box was delivered just after lunch on 20 April. That’s some excellent service from the courier.
There were seven cameras in the box, so let’s take a look at what arrived:
Nikon Coolpix 5000
Marketed as a ‘prosumer’ camera, the 5Mp Nikon Coolpix 5000 was launched in 2001 and originally retailed for over 1,000€. The camera in the outlex box was in decent condition and even came with a 512Mb compact flash card. The camera powered up but the battery was almost empty, so there was just enough ‘puff’ for 2 or 3 quick photos but no time to explore the camera features or even review the photographs I had taken.
Nikon Coolpix L-10
Launched in 2007, this entry level 5Mp camera is the most basic point and shoot. It takes two AA batteries and powered up quite quickly. The buttons were a little stiff, but all of the features seemed to work quite nicely. However, the initial photographs seemed to overexpose by two stops. An adjustment of the EV corrected the exposures and the small images actually looked half decent.
Casio Exilim EX-Z55
Released in 2004, the Casio Exilim EX-Z55 was a 5 megapixel camera with 3x optical zoom and a 2.5” LCD screen. Although in good physical condition, the camera uses a cradle to charge the device and the battery was completely flat. Unable to power up the camera, I have ordered a universal charger which I hope can charge up the battery and I can see if it works.
Fujifilm XP GPS
Launched in 2011, the FinePix XP30 was advertised as the world’s first water, shock, dust and freeze proof camera to feature built-in GPS. Retailing for about 200€ when it was launched this 14Mp camera was in lovely condition and powered up perfectly. It even contained a 2Gb memory card, which contained over 2,000 images though these have now been deleted. Although the battery charge was low, I was able to take a few photographs and see that it was working, and I hope that the universal charger will allow me to get more use out of it.
Konica Minolta Dimage Z1
The Konica Minolta Z series of cameras were the first range of cameras to step away from the conventional point and shoot/SLR appearance. With it’s unusual-looking appearance, this 3.2Mp camera retailed for approximate 250€ when the first of the series, the Z1, was released in 2003. The camera takes four AA batteries and the outlex box camera powered up straight away. The camera seemed to work fine and the few test images were surprisingly good.
Konica Minolta Dimage Z10
This was the successor to the Dimage Z1 and retailed for approximately 300€ when it was launched in 2004. Like the Z1 this is a 3.2Mp camera and retains the Z series unusual design. Powered by four AA batteries, the Z10 from the outlet box powered up and functioned perfectly.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ8
The jewel of the outlet box collection, the DMC.TZ8 was in lovely condition and on first inspection seems to work fine. The only camera that came complete with a charger the camera powered up straight away. Originally released in 2010, this 12Mp camera features a variety of program modes, manual exposure and zoom. Of all of the cameras in the outlet box, this is the one that I plan to convert to infrared.