Click on the SD5000 for a QuickTime tour
What really sets this camera apart from the others is the storage media. The SD5000 uses 120MB SuperDisk diskettes or regular 1.44MB diskettes. Up to 1,500 images can be recorded and stored on $10 SuperDisk diskettes. When connected to your computer the camera functionally becomes an external SuperDisk drive. You can also use standard 3-1/2 inch floppy diskettes which can be read in any PC's floppy drive but your image storage will be greatly limited.
The SD5000 has a fully automatic exposure system but it also has a limited manual mode
with two choices of shutter speeds or aperture settings. Exposure compensation from -2
to +2EV is user adjustable. There is also a limited manual focusing mode with several
preset distance ranges. Camera to computer connection requires a PC with USB port and
Microsoft® Windows® 98 or iMac® or Power Macintosh G3 with USB port and Mac OS version
8.1 or later.
Any camera that has a floppy drive built into it has to be a little on the large
side. Here's the SD5000 dwarfing the Canon G1. Measuring
5-11/16 x 4-3/8 x 3-1/4 inches and weighing in at 1.53 pounds (without
On the back is a large, 112,000-pixel, 2.5" TFT color LCD display with a refresh rate
close to 30fps. The display gets a little grainy in low-light conditions. Outdoors I
found it quite readable even in the bright Florida sunlight.
The metal tripod socket is positioned near the center line of the lens and reasonably close to the camera's balance point.
The SD5000 is equipped with a 3x optical (35-105mm 35mm equivalent) F2.0-2.5 zoom
lens. It also has a 3x digital zoom option. Focus range is 30cm to infinity in
normal and from 6cm to 50cm in macro mode.
The I/O ports are hidden behind a securely closing door. There's a DC input jack, a high speed USB port and an Audio/Video out with NTSC ouput format.
I was able to copy the 2048x1536 SuperFine JPGs from the camera to the hard drive in about 2 seconds each.
Under Windows you access the camera as "Floppy Drive E" and simply do drag-n-drop
Copy operations with Explorer. Utilities are included to format diskettes.
The camera acts as an external SuperDrive when it is
connected to the USB port allowing you to read/write any data desired.
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