SoundVision SVmini-209 (© SoundVision Inc.)

SoundVision SVmini-209 (1997)

SoundVision Incorporated built this camera in 1997 as the successor to the previously marketed SVmini-2. The camera was praised on their website as "CMOS Active Pixel Sensor camera with the world's best resolution" offering a "unmatched combination between cost and high performance". SoundVision licensed their CMOS breadboard also to other companies like Vivitar and UMAX. The camrea devoured an incredible amount of 6 AA batteries and was equipped with an image processor chip from Texas Instrumentst. It was also possible to record sound bites. This model allowed interpolation which enhanced the resolution by 4 times the native resolution! At that time it was unheard of! Critics were 'not amused'.


  • Brand: SoundVision
  • Model: SVmini-209
  • First mentioned: 1997
  • Marketed: yes
  • MSRP: $599
  • Imager Type: 0.8MP CMOS
  • Resolution: 1000x800
  • Internal Storage: 200KB
  • External Storage: PCMCIA Flash ATA cards Type I
  • Lens: Fixed Focus, coated glass,17mm f/4.0
  • Shutter: 1s to 1/2,000s
  • Aperture Range: F4.0
  • LCD screen size: -
  • Size: -
  • Weight: -
  • Remarks: -

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