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52 Cameras: Apple QuickTake 200 Viewfinder Parallax

A YouTube viewer asked about the parallax error when using the clip-on optical viewfinder. I did a quick & dirty experiment to find out. Original Quicktake 200 post is here.

The 3 focus ranges are 9-13cm for close-up, 45-90cm for portrait, & 90cm-infinity for landscape. The manual says, “IMPORTANT Do not use the close-up focus when you use the viewfinder. It is not accurate.” I didn’t bother with the close up setting but the next worst parallax would be the nearest focus of the portrait setting. The manual also says, “Estimate the focal distance from the front surface of the LCD screen to the object being photographed.” The LCD is on the back so I guess they mean its surface.

I put this on the wall in the kitchen.

Sometimes, science is ugly.

Sometimes, science is ugly.


I put the camera on a small tripod, and measured the distance to the wall so the LCD was 45cm away. I looked as straight through the viewfinder as I could and held still while M slid her finger along the ruler toward the center until I could see it. We repeated that for left, right, top, and bottom. The measurements are just relative to each other, not meaningful in themselves.

Left: 29cm, Right: 67cm, Top: 10cm, Bottom: 37cm

Next, I snapped a picture with the camera in the same place. Ignore the date & time – I didn’t set the camera’s clock.

I used composite out to the old TV instead of digging out the old laptop and Smartmedia floppy adapter.

I used composite out to the old TV instead of digging out the old laptop and Smartmedia floppy adapter.


The image captured these measurements.

Left: 28cm, Right: 60cm, Top: 13cm, Bottom: 38cm

I was a little off reading the ruler. This diagram shows the relationship of the viewfinder view and the sensor image.

Pretty wide angle and not too bad for a cheap plastic clip-on viewfinder.

Pretty wide angle and not too bad for a cheap plastic clip-on viewfinder.

52 Cameras: Camera 92 — Apple QuickTake 200




Update 31 March 2020: I was going to edit this post with viewfinder parallax info but it got long so I move it to its own post.

In 2013, I used the camera’s video out and captured a couple of images without a memory card.

Zoe is always first.

Zoe is always first.

USB tuner/video capture device.

USB tuner/video capture device.

Pointed the camera at the capture screen.  Infinity!

Pointed the camera at the capture screen. Infinity!

Blurry Jem

EXIF shows a shutter speed of '2'.  Manual says the shutter goes to 1/4 second so I don't know what that means.

EXIF shows a shutter speed of ‘2’. Manual says the shutter goes to 1/4 second so I don’t know what that means.

I got a little too close.  The ear is in focus.

I got a little too close. The ear is in focus.

F/2.2 is kind of nice.

F/2.2 is kind of nice.

No resolution but daylight color depth is there.

No resolution but daylight color depth is there.

Phound Photos Volume 2

I’ve had an Apple Quicktake 200 for a while but I never had media. It takes 5V Smartmedia. I scored another camera and this one had two memory cards with it. The camera isn’t working but it had some test shots on the cards.

Messy desk.  I can relate.

Messy desk. I can relate.

It looks like someone was just testing the camera, cards, or both.

It looks like someone was just testing the camera, cards, or both.

A mouse and a bit of a finger over the lens.

A mouse and a bit of a finger over the lens.

Last found photo.

Last found photo.

I took the next two. My first camera does work. Behold the 1997 glory of 24-bit 640 X 480!

My sweetie in her cat PJs.  I don't think she believed it would work.

My sweetie in her cat PJs. I don’t think she believed it would work.

People are asking, and getting, $50-75 USD for a 2MB card. 4MB cards fetch around $100. Old Boss and Roland synthesizers need them so demand is still high.

Like finding Bigfoot to score these babies.  Notch on the left = 5V.

Like finding Bigfoot to score these babies. Notch on the left = 5V.

I have a USB reader that can theoretically work with 5V Smartmedia. I haven’t found working drivers yet. I used a Fujifilm Floppy disk adapter FD-A1S to transfer these. I’ll do a proper write up when the camera is featured on 52 Cameras.

52 Cameras: Camera 62 part 2 –Apple iPhone 4S

I usually have a camera with me but not always. I probably wouldn’t have walked back to the car to get a camera for the transformer warning label. I didn’t have to — I had my phone. I have a huge collection of fails and random, funny stuff because of my phone.

At the burlesque show, photography wasn’t allowed (always respect no-photography rules unless it’s some politician doing a perp-walk). At the end they said, “What the heck”, and all of the performers posed for the audience. I didn’t take a camera into the show but waddayaknow, I had my phone.

The Photojojo lenses are fun but not as handy as the phone. I have started keeping them in the glove compartment.

Photojojo fisheye -- It's Jem the cat, not a wombat.

Photojojo fisheye — It’s Jem the cat, not a wombat.

Warning label on a transformer.

Warning label on a transformer.

Photojojo wide-angle.  Center Market in Española, NM.

Photojojo wide-angle. Center Market in Española, NM.

Photojojo macro.  A plant in our yard.  Razor thin depth of field.

Photojojo macro. A plant in our yard. Razor thin depth of field.

Apple has officially lost their $#@!

I was showing a coworker how to bring up his iTunes purchase history (he got an email about buying a book he didn’t buy). Looking at my history, everything is correct. When I click on “Music” and then “Purchased” there’s a brand new U2 album in my work account.

I freak a little and email iTunes support.

I freak a little and email iTunes support.

When I log out of the iTunes account, the album rotator display just happens to go past the new U2 album.

When I log out of the iTunes account, the album rotator display just happens to go past the new U2 album.

I go back in to bring up the case number, follow up, and rip them for f__king with my account without asking.

I go back in to bring up the case number, follow up, and rip them for f__king with my account without asking.

Good thing I was saving PDFs as I went.

Good thing I was saving PDFs as I went.

I guess threatening to use a competitor's phone causes this.

I guess threatening to use a competitor’s phone causes this.

I pasted the stuff back in, added a PS rant about the error that cleared the form data, changed the subject to match the first email, and “Continue” worked.

Not being Microsoft isn’t good enough any more.