1997 Fisher FVD-V1 front (© digicammuseum.com)

(Sanyo) Fisher FVD-V1 (1998)

Now this is a rarity, many digital camera enthusiasts believed that this camera was either a prototype or a footnote in a magazine or never existed. It did. How this camera came to life beats me. I know that Fisher was a subsidiary of Sanyo Electronics. What's so strange about this camera? For one, it's the only digital camera ever marketed under the brand Fisher and secondly it is not just a simple OEM model but in fact two. The front of this camera is clearly taken from the 1999 Sanyo VPC-Z380 whereas the back is taken from the 1997 Sanyo VPC-G200/(DSC-V1). Also the finish of the camera body is darker than the other two cameras.

 The Fisher FVD-V1 was marketed in the US only. Earliest information I could find dates back to the year 1998 when I came across a review by Gary Dion, he wrote for instance that he snatched one on an auction site for $180. So, I believe the camera was marketed in 1998. Most likely manufactured in 1997. So how did it end up with a 1999 camera front? The lord works in mysterious ways......

 Sanyo has different names for their cameras as they divide the digital camera world into four markets. For example: Sanyo VPCG200 (US/Canada), Sanyo VPCG200E (UK), Sanyo VPCG200EX (Europe/PAL general) and Sanyo DSC-V1 (Japan), pretty confusing huh?


  • Marke: (Sanyo) Fisher
  • Modell: FVD-V1
  • Zuerst erwähnt: 1997/1998
  • Vermarktet: yes
  • UVP: -
  • Bildsensortyp: 0.35MP 1/3" CCD
  • Auflösung: 640x480
  • Interner Speicher: 4MB
  • Externer Speicher: -
  • Objektiv: Fixed Focus 37mm
  • Verschlusszeiten: 1/10,000s to 1/4s
  • Blenden: F2.8 / F5.6 / F11
  • LCD Größe: 2" TFT
  • Maße: 136mm x 68mm x 40mm
  • Gewicht: 320 grams
  • Anmerkungen: -