Fancy Fridays: Retro-fied Cameras

By Zy Gonzales

By Zy Gonzales

A camera is a device that record images with the clever use of light and a photosensitive material of some sort. These devices have been with us since the early fifth century and have become witnesses to humankind’s numerous milestones and achievements. However, the camera’s importance in human history is not limited to the various monumental events that it has covered in the past, but rather it’s all about its participation in capturing the precious moments experienced by ordinary people and making these memories long-lasting.

And throughout the years, cameras have evolved in terms of the kind of technology it uses and the overall design of the device. For starters, cameras these days use a host of features that not only make the activity of taking pictures more convenient but also provide improved image quality.

However, in terms of the design of the body, camera manufacturers are split in two. As other manufacturers take the futuristic road by pushing the design boundary to the absolute limit with tilt-able LCD displays, high-gloss panels and flashy exteriors, there are those who look back and take a hint from the designs of the past.

These cameras don’t have the flashy design of other cameras these days; instead their appeal lies with their ability to invoke the sense of nostalgia in people, their power to remind us of the good old days and their ability to remind us of the marvels of the past that lead to development of the things we experience today.

So in this week’s edition of Fancy Fridays, let’s take a look at 5 retro-looking cameras that exude the classic feel of vintage cameras while at the same time is backed up by modern technology.



The Fujifilm XF1 is a 12-megapixel camera with a 2/3 inch sensor with a range of ISO settings including from ISO 3200, 6400 and 12800. Its lens can zoom up to 4x which is manually controlled, with focal lengths scored on the barrel itself.

Its body is made from aluminium with synthetic leather accents on the side. The XF1 also shoots full HD videos at 1920 x 1080 pixels at 30 fps. The lens system in this camera is composed of a Fujinon lens with a focal length of f=6.4.

Other features of the XF1 include an EXR mode, face recognition and detection, auto red-eye removal, film simulation, framing guidelines, histogram display, best frame capture, advanced anti blur, and automatic scene detection.



The Leica M9 is a digital full-frame rangefinder camera introduced back in 2009. It uses an 18.5-megapixel Kodak image sensor and supports most M-mount lenses. The body of the Leica is made from an all-metal die cast magnesium body accented by leather accents that not only provides aesthetics but functionality by providing additional grip to users.

Leica M9

The M9 is equipped with a manual focus lens with a sensitivity range of ISO 160 to 2500. The Leica M9 comes in either steel-grey paint finish or an all-black finish.



The Samsung NX300 is Samsung’s first one-lens 3D camera system, capable of capturing both stills and 1080p full HD videos in perfect 3D quality. The NX300 packs a 20.3-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor with a sensitivity range of ISO 100-256000.

Samsung NX300

Its lens system is composed of 44mm 2D/3D lens with a minimum focus distance of 0.5m and a maximum magnification of approximately 0.12x. Moreover, the NX300 has built in Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi related features including AutoShare, Auto Backup, Wi-Fi Direct (playback) and social sharing.



The Olympus OM-D E-M5 is a 16-megapixel camera with a weather sealed body. The image sensor found in this camera is combined with the company’s TruePic VI processor, which the company claims improves dynamic range and reduces noise.

Olympus e-M5

The body of the E-M5 is made out of magnesium alloy with a 3” OLED touch screen display. It also features twin control dials, a 5-axis image stabilization system, improved c-AF autofocus with 3D tracking and a sensitivity range of up to ISO 25600.



The newly launched Pentax MX-1 sports a newly designed 12-megapixel back-illuminated image sensor with a top sensitivity set at ISO 12800. It has a 3.0-inch LCD screen and is also capable of recording 1080p full HD videos at 30 fps.

Pentax MX-1

Other features of the MX-1 include a dedicated exposure compensation dial, dual-shake reduction system and HDR mode to name a few. For a more detailed explanation of the various features of the MX-1, you can refer to our post here.

So there you have it. Which camera did you find most nostalgic? Do tell us by leaving a comment below. Don’t forget to add Cybershack on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter and Google Plus and subscribe for more tech news and features from around the globe.

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