Fujix ES-1 (© R. Volmershausen)

Fujix ES-1 (1985)

The Fujix ES-1 was shown during the PMA '85 but did not hit the japanese market until 1987. The 1985 prototype was a crude box with a zoom lens at one end and wires sticking out the other end. It's initial design incorporated a .04MP MOS sensor instead of a CCD. There was no video floppy disk drive attached or any other form of storage. So the camera underwent a lot of design changes until it was marketed two years later. Despite being an SLR camera, changing lenses was not possible. Fujix also introduced a slightly improved version of their Photo TV Player P3 and simply dubbed it P4.

As a peripheral device, a video adapter could be attached to the camera as well as a dedicated flash unit. The video adapter VA-1 allowed the user to connect the camera directly to a TV unit. Another extraordinary gadget was the so-called handy monitor HM-1, this nifty little box had a built-in TFT cyber-display for reviewing images taken on video floppy disks.

Special thanks to Ron Volmershausen for providing these great images


  • Brand: Fujix
  • Model: ES-1
  • First mentioned: 1985
  • Marketed: yes in 1987
  • MSRP: $1,000
  • Imager Type: 0.38MP 2/3" CCD
  • Resolution: 640x480
  • Internal Storage: -
  • External Storage: Video Floppy Disk
  • Lens: TV-Fujinon 1:2 f=12.5 ~ 37.5mm
  • Shutter: electronic shutter
  • Aperture Range: F1.2
  • LCD screen size: -
  • Size: -
  • Weight: 1,140 gr.
  • Remarks: -

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