Fujix DS-220A (1996)

For almost two decades there have been rumours that Fuji re-issued the DS-220 with a serial port as the DS-220A. This information has been distributed by some websites. It's time to clarify this. As you may know by now we don't rely on hear-say and rumours, our website is based on facts unless stated otherwise. We spared no expenses and got ourselves a rare Fujix DS-220A and compared it with the regular Fujix DS-220 and there is no mystery involved.
 
Fuji did indeed re-issue the DS-220 in 1996 as the DS-220A but not with a serial port as everyone believes. No, the serial port has always been there as the so-called "extension connector". To understand the intentions behind this re-issue we must understand the intentions Fuji had with this camera model. It was marketed as a versatile and modular digital card camera for a variety of applications.
 
Here is what Fuji added to the DS-220A:
 
1. they turned the yellow signal jack into a fully fledged video out port so the camera could be connected to an external monitor or directly to the Fujix Fotojoy autochrome printers NC-1 and NC-2
2. the possibility to connect the camera to the Fujix HT-220 transmitter to transmit images over the air (something the DS-220 apparently couldn't according to the manual)
3. an optional wide angle converter WL-D2 that has been unavailable with the DS-220 (the DS-220 came with the MC-D22 macro conversion kit)

So the DS-220A is in fact the finished product as Fuji always visioned it. Please take a look at the exclusive pictures of both the cameras and the manuals above.

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Specifications

  • Brand: Fujix
  • Model: DS-220A
  • First mentioned: 1996
  • Marketed: yes
  • MSRP: -
  • Imager Type: 0.33MP 1/3" CCD
  • Resolution: 640x480
  • Internal Storage: -
  • External Storage: PC Card Type I/II
  • Lens: Fujinon lens f=3.5/5.5mm /F5.6-F17
  • Shutter: 1/4s - 1/1000s
  • Aperture Range: F3.5 / F5.6 / F8 / F11
  • LCD screen size: External only
  • Size: 146 x 107 x 55mm
  • Weight: 490 gr. (camera body)
  • Remarks: -

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