Cringe At The Ugliest Cameras Ever Made

Cameras are some of the most fetishised gadgets around. Some designs are gorgeous, balanced. Some even gain iconic cultural status. Others will forever rot in the dustbin of poor product design. Here is a selection of devices that got beaten hard with the ugly stick.

Apple QuickTake 200 — 1996<

Apple's QuickTake was one of the first consumer digital cameras. It even made an appearance in Time Magazine's All-TIME 100 most influential gadget list. But Apple clearly hadn't found its design-groove yet, unless you like your cameras a nice poo-brown.

Canon Powershot SX150 — 2011

This is the most modern ugly camera on our list. Some companies just can't drop the whole curvature craze that should have died years ago. Canon, we know you are capable of better.

Casio QV-2900UX — 2001

Many companies gave the old pivoting zoom-lens a try. I don't know if anyone really got good at it, but it wasn't Casio.

Hasselblad H4D-40 Ferrari Edition — 2010

Electronics companies LOVE partnering with designers to release marked-up limited editions. Hasselblad and Ferrari collaborated on this detriment a couple of years ago. Nothing screams douche like sporting a Ferrari logo on your bright red camera.

Kodak Easyshare C653 — 2007

Nothing spectacularly gross about this one. It's just got that feel of awkwardness. Too square, with that weird bulge next to the lens.

Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z20 — 2005

Make everything as round as humanly possible. That was the motto at Konica Minolta circa 2005. But hey, this gem is still on Amazon, and gets pretty great reviews!

Olympus AZ-330 — 1990

What can you say? It was 1990. It looks like a normal camera that grew a giant tumour.

Sony F505 — 1999

Sony is responsible for some very beautiful, even iconic, gadgetry. But you can't win 'em all. Clearly.


Comments

    Queue the apple fanbois screaming that an apple product is on a list of ugly things.

      I probably don't meet the definition of fanboi (I have a Linux box, a Mac and a PC, and a non-apple phone), but I do like Apple products and am a fan of their design.

      I'm sure most 'fanbois' (are there 'fangurls' in your world too?) would be more than happy to list some of the design disasters from Apple. For that matter, many of the Apple boxes from the early 90s were just beige ribbed boxes - the 1991 Quadra being a prime example.

      The Apple camera is ugly, but most were at that time. My old Sony Mavica was ugly as sin, mainly because it had a 3.5" floppy drive in it. Having said that, there is no excuse for an olive and grey consumer camera, unless its target market is 'people who like hunting stuff'.

      Queue the guy who calls out the apple fanbois.

    I dont understand why a tech site based around facts and amazing detailed stuff would do an article completely based on opinion.
    Some are ugly, Some are quite nice and others are just weird. Poor excuse for an article?

    There are uglier cameras out there by far...
    For users of the Hasselblad H4D-40, the specs of that thing speak for themselves. You could literally buy a new, mid-sized family sedan for the cost of that camera. Users care little for how it looks...

      Even though it has Ferrari on it ???
      I think It would eat most cameras alive and it's only the middleweight Hasselblad :)
      I'd have one if it had worse looks, how does it feel and shoot though ?
      +1

    I don't know if you've ever actually used one of those Sony F-series cameras, but they were pretty impressive in their day. They had a very good zoom lens on them and the ergonomics of the big rotating lens with the smaller body held in your hand worked very well. You could easily shoot from eye level, or rotate the body to shoot from the hip, or above your head and still see what was going on on the screen.

    Also Michael, the Apple camera is olive green and grey. It isn't brown (poo or otherwise).

    The only poo that I've seen in that greeny colour was to be found in my newborn son's nappy.

      Ajmay did dissing apple strike a nerve? Even the older apple logo is fugly.

    Sony Mavica, bam.

    I think a lot of the cameras look great... except someone blew the apple out of a nose.

    I don't care how ugly it is , I'll gladly take that Hasselblad off your hands if you don't want it.
    And I know heaps of people who owned that Kodak Easyshare.

    As Tyler Durden would say, your not your "f**king camera"

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