One of the more unusually shaped cameras from the early 2000s was Fujifilm’s F601 Zoom. This vertically oriented compact wasn’t designed by F.A. Porsche like previous models, but its gentle curves and metal lens cover were still eye-catching. Fujifilm’s F601 Zoom was the world’s first 6 megapixel compact (along with its F610Z sibling), and through a trickery involving its Super CCD HR sensor, could output an image up to 12 million pixels!
In his review, Phil Askey liked its vivid color reproduction and welcomed the inclusion of manual exposure controls, but wasn’t a fan of the camera’s 89% coverage in live view. You can still find the camera brochure on Fujifilm’s website – go take a look, it’s a treat.
While the F601’s unique design didn’t endure, it’s a reminder of experimental early days in digital photography.