Cleaning out some boxes from the back of a closet in a quest for more space in my apartment, I noticed a couple of old magazine ads that caught my attention - one highlighting how much digital cameras have advanced since 1998, and the other an ad for a type of sound recorder I never even knew existed. First - the camera:
Nikon Coolpix-910 - which recorded pictures at 1,280x960 (1.3MP) and was listed as costing Y99,800 when it went on sale in October of 1998. The specs of it don't surprise me. If anything, the size of the image sensor sounds fairly decent for 1998 (I bought a 1MP camera in 2000), but the price really stands out. You can get such higher specs now for so much less cash!
DCC Audio - Looking in the November 1993 edition of the magazine, "Audio - The Equipment Authority", there's an ad for a pair of DCC (Digital Compact Cassette) machines from Panasonic. The Panasonic RQ-DP7 portable unit and the Panasonic CQ-DC1 car deck. I don't even remember DCC audio - was that popular at all? Apparently you can also still use the machines to play back standard cassettes.
Lyle (Hiroshi) Saxon