Seagull DC-33 (source unknown)

Seagull DC-33 (1998)

Some internet sources claim the Seagull DC-33 to be the first consumer digital camera manufactured entirely in China. Introduced in August 1998, the camera featured 2x optical  zoom, built-in flash, automatic shooting modes, self-timer, video out and supported Smart Media memory cards. Collectors might recognize it's close resemblance to the Agfa ePhoto780 and Polaroid PDC-640, no wonder, because the Seagull was the basic OEM model for the rest of these cameras, who would have thunk! According to some sources there allegedly was a Kinon DC-33 but this could never be confirmed.
The story goes that Shanghai Seagull Camera Factory formally put forward the development and production of digital camera applications in July 1997. A year later in 1998 the first Seagull DC-33 digital camera was finally available.


  • Brand: Seagull
  • Model: DC-33
  • First mentioned: 1998
  • Marketed: unknown
  • MSRP: -
  • Imager Type: 0.30MP CCD
  • Resolution: 640x480
  • Internal Storage: -
  • External Storage: SmartMedia
  • Lens: f=6.4mm /F4.0
  • Shutter: 1/30s - 1/10,000s
  • Aperture Range: F4.0
  • LCD screen size: 1.8" TFT
  • Size: 112 x 74 x 44mm
  • Weight: 275 gr.
  • Remarks: First digital camera made in China

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