Canon RC-250 (© M. Aubry)

Canon ION RC-250 (1988)

The Canon RC-250 was the first still video camera intended for regular consumers. The camera recorded in field-mode only but there was no loss in quality because images were recorded in Hi-Band mode. It featured a built-in flash, direct playback feature, rechargeable battery, recording speed up to three frames per second and autoexposure.

For an additional $200 one could buy an accessoire kit that contained a water-resistant housing, sports finder, macrophotography frame, sportsbag and an action grip where a 1.33x teleconverter lens could be attached. Pretty weird but also pretty amazing. There was also an imaging kit available that included a digitizer board and cables for a macintosh, IBM PC and Apple IIGS(!) computer.

The camera was called Q-PIC in Japan and XAPSHOT in the US. This camera was also the first SVC that was available in two different body colors. Black and white. Not marketed in Europe.


  • Brand: Canon
  • Model: ION RC-250
  • First mentioned: 1988
  • Marketed: yes
  • MSRP: $800
  • Imager Type: 0.20MP 1/2" CCD
  • Resolution: 786x?
  • Internal Storage: -
  • External Storage: Hi-VF Disk
  • Lens: f=11mm / F2.8
  • Shutter: 1/30s to 1/500s
  • Aperture Range: F2.8 - F22
  • LCD screen size: -
  • Size: 142 x 106 x 34.5mm
  • Weight: 420 gr.
  • Remarks: -

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