Sony were the company which frightened conventional photographic companies when they first introduced the Mavica electronic stills camera over a decade ago. But, although Mavica was an electronic camera, recording up to 25 individual frames of analogue television on a two-inch floppy, it was not digital. We have waited a long time for Sony's self-contained digital camera - the DKC-ID1.
The new camera uses PC cards (PCMCIA ATA Type II) to store its 768x576 pixel images. It features a 12-to-1 zoom, equivalent to a 38-to-460mm lens on a 35mm (film) camera, SCSI-2 interface, auto/manual focus/shutter speed and a built-in colour LCD viewfinder which (just like a tv camera) shows precisely the image being captured and can also be used to review images after capture.