Tech toys from the 1990s

Geek chic of years gone by isn't so cool today, as technology races on.

When Digital Camera Met Floppy

Sexy and sleek it was not: But the Sony Mavica MVC-FD5 , released in 1997, broke ground in its time. In this day before memory cards, it was the first digital camera that enabled users to store and share photos on a then-ubiquitous platform--the 3.5-inch floppy disk. The camera set buyers back $599 for an image resolution of 0.3 megapixels (or 640 pixels by 480 pixels). You could pack a whopping eight pictures at that resolution on a floppy. Today, $599 will get you a swanky Leica D-LUX 3, with a 10-megapixel image resolution.

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