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Minox announces tiny, retro-styled DCC 14.0 camera

By dpreview staff on Mar 19, 2013 at 19:33 GMT

Minox has quietly released a new 14 Megapixel version of their minature 'Digital Classic Camera'. The DCC features the same retro 'spy camera' design as Minox cameras from the 1950's, just with digital guts, instead of a roll of film. This $239, 14 Megapixel point-and-shoot literally fits in the palm of your hand, though similarly priced (albeit larger) compact cameras offer a lot more bang for the buck.

The DCC 14.0 is available in silver... ... and black. 

Some of the highlights on the DCC 14.0 include:

  • 14.0 Megapixel, 1/2.3" CMOS sensor
  • F2.4, 7.35mm fixed focal length lens (41mm equiv.)
  • Galilean-style optical viewfinder (removable)
  • 2.0" LCD display
  • Fully automatic operation
  • VGA movie recording
  • Optional 'Classic Camera Flash' and conversion lenses
  • Powered by single lithium-ion battery
  • 82mm x 67mm x 46mm (W x H x D)
  • Weighs 4 oz / 113.5 g
For complete specifications, visit the Minox website.

Comments

Total comments: 153
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justyntime
By justyntime (Mar 20, 2013)

Not a single word about the body materials. Not a good sign...

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Timmbits
By Timmbits (Mar 20, 2013)

if I understand you correctly, you would like to know if the material is plastic, cardboard, or modeling clay?

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ulfie
By ulfie (Mar 20, 2013)

What, being a spy camera I thought it would have .007 MP.

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Sergey Borachev
By Sergey Borachev (Mar 20, 2013)

Very interesting, cute, like the old 35GT, except for one annoying thing - that awful looking, garish red dot, which ruins the look and makes it too loud. The old one never had that dot. Hope it is just a sticker.

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ProfHankD
By ProfHankD (Mar 19, 2013)

Very retro, very Minox. There are apparently wide and tele converters, a side-mounted flash, etc. See: http://www.minox.com/index.php?id=8523&L=1

Of course, I don't see any sample images. Then again, the old Minox cameras were not very impressive in terms of IQ anyway. Actually, Minox doesn't even show side, top, or rear views of the camera. They do quote dimensions: 82 mm(L) x 67 mm(W) x 46 mm(H); for comparison, the much more capable Pentax Q is 98x57.5x31mm -- about 2/3 the volume of the Minox.

In sum, it's a conversation piece that can take snapshots....

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94
By 94 (Mar 19, 2013)

Hubert, click the Minox link at the end of the description above for a photo of a blonde woman holding the camera to her eye.

BTW - I'd bet that the red circle is a removable decal. I think it looks outlandish on there and that the camera will be improved by its removal.

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Benoz
By Benoz (Mar 20, 2013)

She's not closing the left eye!?!

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Pat Cullinan Jr
By Pat Cullinan Jr (Mar 19, 2013)

When will the review be ready?

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Barney Britton
By Barney Britton (Mar 20, 2013)

It's next on the list.

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ageha
By ageha (Mar 20, 2013)

Cool, looking forward to the review! :)

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RStyga
By RStyga (Mar 20, 2013)

I can't help commenting here:
Yes... it's next on the list, like Pentax Q... Very important to review this camera, I can see that clearly, now...

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marike6
By marike6 (Mar 20, 2013)

I suspect Barney is being sarcastic about this camera being next in line for a review. No need to lament missed reviews...

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Pat Cullinan Jr
By Pat Cullinan Jr (Mar 20, 2013)

I'm forever popping off. Sorry, everybody.

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Kuppenbender
By Kuppenbender (Mar 20, 2013)

Do you mean you fart a lot or are you about to die?
Either way, no apology necessary.

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Plastek
By Plastek (Mar 20, 2013)

TBH: I hope he wasn't sarcastic and they'll actually review DCC14.

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RStyga
By RStyga (Mar 21, 2013)

But I am. Omitting a Pentax Q review was a mistake.

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HubertChen
By HubertChen (Mar 19, 2013)

Size is the key feature here. I think it is an editorial loss not to have a picture of this camera hold by hand to understand the size and its implications.

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Chris Noble
By Chris Noble (Mar 19, 2013)

Hilarious! I love the "digital lens". And "Wetzlar Germany" on the viewfinder. The Chinese workers who make these must get a chuckle out of it.

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ManuelVilardeMacedo
By ManuelVilardeMacedo (Mar 19, 2013)

If I were a camera collector, the only question would be how long I'd resist before buying it. It's a toy, of course; you can't think of it as a serious photographic tool - but it's so damn cute!!!

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Marty4650
By Marty4650 (Mar 19, 2013)

Smart move putting the "14.0" in a red dot.

These folks understand marketing.

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Raist3d
By Raist3d (Mar 20, 2013)

LOL! :-)

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Ron Poelman
By Ron Poelman (Mar 19, 2013)

Wot, no rangefinder ?
Fail.

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Jimmy jang Boo
By Jimmy jang Boo (Mar 19, 2013)

After a second look it seems as if Fuji and Leica are now one and the same.

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Jimmy jang Boo
By Jimmy jang Boo (Mar 19, 2013)

Looks like a Fuji X-0.1

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NexOwner
By NexOwner (Mar 19, 2013)

The design strikes me as a bit silly. The original Minox design, Wetzlar version rather than Riga would make a terrific retro social digital, and could obviously be done with a telephone type camera. I sent Minox an email suggesting this when they first announced their toy Leica. This is just a scaled down Leica, and to my mind looks wrong. There are normal size Leica lookalike digital cameras that are more desirable.

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Ak pinxit
By Ak pinxit (Mar 19, 2013)

Stylish , "Leica" looking P&S camera - there is a nice niche for it , as for VGA video - with it's quality ( and on small iPhone or whatever screen) who'll tell the difference anyway ? The price is just right too .

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tkbslc
By tkbslc (Mar 19, 2013)

Maybe we can buy it just for the viewfinder! $239 is a bargain compared to what Sony and Nikon want for theirs.

5 upvotes
knize10
By knize10 (Mar 19, 2013)

Would this be another Minox In China gadget ?

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94
By 94 (Mar 19, 2013)

Why no mention that it's available in 24kt gold plating or that owning one gives the owner license to shoot?

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PowerG9atBlackForest
By PowerG9atBlackForest (Mar 19, 2013)

Nobody needs it.

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StanRogers
By StanRogers (Mar 19, 2013)

Almost nobody actually *needs* a camera at all (outside of medicine and non-destructive testing).

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mikiev
By mikiev (Mar 19, 2013)

They got me at "VGA movie recording".

HD is soooo 2012... :)

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sebastian huvenaars
By sebastian huvenaars (Mar 19, 2013)

I still have a 35 GT somewhere :)

This... nahh

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facedodge
By facedodge (Mar 19, 2013)

OMG is that a RED DOT? I'll take three.

10 upvotes
h2k
By h2k (Mar 19, 2013)

Is the style and the word "retro" so captivating that you don't mention the sensor size in the news text?

4 upvotes
micksh6
By micksh6 (Mar 19, 2013)

The sensor size can be derived from lens info. 5.6x crop factor - typical for basic compacts.

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Jeff Keller
By Jeff Keller (Mar 19, 2013)

There was nothing official from Minox but I'm working on getting that information and updating the news item.

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flektogon
By flektogon (Mar 20, 2013)

It seems like the same sensor from their MINOX Digital Camera DC 1422

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Klay
By Klay (Mar 19, 2013)

No way that will fit in your average hipster skinny jeans pocket with all the stuff sticking out.

I wonder what the film wind lever does? Perhaps that's the bit that (from their web page) " ...quietly reflects its owner’s confidence in style"

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G G
By G G (Mar 19, 2013)

I would assume that the wind lever is used to charge the battery. Pretty convenient in the bush.

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carlosdelbianco
By carlosdelbianco (Mar 19, 2013)

A 113 grams camera is cool, but lens could be faster since the sensor is so tiny. It is a f/16 lens in terms of DOF, isn't it?

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Revenant
By Revenant (Mar 19, 2013)

No, you get exactly the DOF you'd expect from an F2.4, 7.35mm lens. This lens would have the same DOF in front of a FF camera. But of course, if you compare it to a 41 mm lens on FF, you would have to stop that down to about F13 to get the same large DOF. Which of course is only relevant if you're used to shooting FF, otherwise the comparison is pointless.

Sorry for being pedantic, but the DOF of a lens really doesn't change with sensor size. It's the crop factor that confuses people into thinking that. To get the same angle of view, you have to change focal length, thereby changing DOF in the process. But at the same FL you get the same DOF, only with a different angle of view.

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carlosdelbianco
By carlosdelbianco (Mar 20, 2013)

Not pedantic at all, thanks for clearing this up!

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spinningtape
By spinningtape (Mar 19, 2013)

I like it, but what is up with that giant red "14 Megapixels" sign. Totally kills the whole "vintage" fantasy.

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carlosdelbianco
By carlosdelbianco (Mar 19, 2013)

I believe it's just a sticker.

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caver3d
By caver3d (Mar 19, 2013)

What is the actual physical size of the 14 mp sensor? Someone know it?

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carlosdelbianco
By carlosdelbianco (Mar 19, 2013)

Crop factor of 5,5 compared to 35mm.

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Peiasdf
By Peiasdf (Mar 20, 2013)

@carlosdelbianco
So something along the line of 1/1.7?

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brumd
By brumd (Mar 20, 2013)

more like 1/2.3, very similar or same as Pentax Q.

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BingoCharlie
By BingoCharlie (Mar 19, 2013)

There's already a very nice version of this camera available: the Pentax Q with the 01 Prime Lens. Same size. Great design. Demonstrated quality. Similar pricing. Plus you have interchangeable lenses so the camera can grow with you. Hard to see why someone should choose this over the Q.

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ybizzle
By ybizzle (Mar 19, 2013)

Exactly and I have one! Everyone wants to bash the Q but they can't name a camera that size that has so many features including full manual control in video!

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Don Fraser
By Don Fraser (Mar 19, 2013)

The Q weighs almost twice as much. Not in the same class (if there is a class!)

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BingoCharlie
By BingoCharlie (Mar 19, 2013)

Right. Clearly nobody should be comparing these two diminutive, prime lens cameras since the Q weighs a whole 84.5 grams more. What was I thinking?

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tkbslc
By tkbslc (Mar 19, 2013)

You can't get a Q and the 01 for $230 and it doesn't come with a viewfinder.

And then there is the matter of the missing film wind lever, too. ;)

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Don Fraser
By Don Fraser (Mar 19, 2013)

I dunno, Charlie. Dinner?

Cameras always make me think of dinner. ;-)

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Roland Karlsson
By Roland Karlsson (Mar 19, 2013)

Minox has made these kind of toys for a long time now. Nothing to see here. Please move along.

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mpgxsvcd
By mpgxsvcd (Mar 19, 2013)

A really small camera with lots of breakable things sticking off of it. Cool "TOY". Where do I sign up?

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