VLSI Vision PC card camera (© VLSI Vision)

VLSI PC Card Camera (1994)

The VLSI PC Card Camera is a notebook PCMCIA camera. VLSI, a scottish company based in Edinburgh, introduced it to the market in 1994 and claimed it to be the first commercially available miniature video camera which could transfer images directly to a portable PC.

Still images and real-time motion video clips could be captured in TIFF files in any computer with a Type II PCMCIA slot. The palm-sized camera handset was detachable for storage and fitted with a CCTV industry standard C-mount lens. The camera took black and white pictures with 320 X 240 pixels resolution, in 256 grayscale. The unit came complete with camera handset, cable, card, software, and manual. A SDK software designers kit allowed the user to customize the application software. The camera was sold through Envoy Data.


  • Brand: VLSI
  • Model: PC Card Camera
  • First mentioned: 1994
  • Marketed: unsure
  • MSRP: $599
  • Imager Type: 0.25MP
  • Resolution: 320x240
  • Internal Storage: -
  • External Storage: Computer with hard disk drive
  • Lens: f=12mm /F1.4 TV lens
  • Shutter: electronic shutter
  • Aperture Range: F1.4
  • LCD screen size: -
  • Size: 150 x ?
  • Weight: 160 gr.
  • Remarks: -

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