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Photos by JB text by JB. From the collection of Association du Musée français de la photographie
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Manufactured in Japon from 2003 until after 2003.
Index of rarity in France : Peu courant (among non-specialized garage sales)
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Minolta Dimage Z1

Did I see something like this in the claws of Robbie the Robot, or in the cute hands of Barbarella* ?
However questionable in its result, the design of this model is interesting to some extent. It shows that the shape of to-day’s digital cameras is totally artificial, inspired by analog cameras, and in no way suits their actual functions.
This model consists in 2 parts : the handle on the one had, and the lens/shutter/viewfinder cluster on the other hand… not unlike certain high-end modular view cameras. The camera is actually smaller than it looks at first sight, as it fits the palm of one’s had. The handle is therefore really useful, since it is about impossible to hold the camera with one's left hand. The mix of black and grey is nicely designed, as is the placement of buttons on the back.
In the user’s manual (page 35), Minolta refers to one of its prototype-16mm cameras dating from the mid 60’s which was named Electro-Zoom X. The heritage is obvious.

*Tough luck, this is a picture of Robbie, not Jane Fonda…

Minolta Dimage Z1