Munich Guide and the Kodak DC120

See how the Kodak DC120 camera transformed this website in 1997

Kodak DC120 digital camera

The original Munich City Guide started in 1996, and in 1997 the first digital photographs from the Kodak DC120 camera appeared. To read about this interesting story, with original images, see the Kodak story here


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Kodak pioneered the development of digital cameras early on, and the DC series was the brand’s consumer-grade line sold during the middle and late 1990s. It supported only serial port connections, as USB did not yet exist. Eventually, the DC series was replaced by the Kodak Easy Share digital cameras.

Nymphenburger SchlossWeighing in at a solid three pounds, the Kodak DC120 was a one MP digital unit featuring a compact flash slot and a 38-114 mm lens equivalent. First released in 1997, it also had a 3:1 zoom lens and 2 MB internal storage. It was an upgrade to the earlier DC 40 and DC50 models in that it also had a colour LCD for reviewing pictures. Sadly, photos were stored in Kodak’s KDC format rather than .jpg or .gif.

The DC120 required a great deal of battery power, using four AA-sized 1.7-volt lithium batteries. These needed replacement every 20 to 30 photos. Ordinary batteries could be used to preserve settings, but did not have the capacity to power the DC120 for taking pictures. The cost of the DC120 at the time was about $1000 US/£670.

This camera is now in Perth, Australia and it is hoped that photographs taken in the last few months will be added to this post shortly. If you have images from a DC120 and would like to share them with visitors, please make contact. Nowadays I use an Panasonic TZ31 digital camera.


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