Cybershot Digital Camera
by Sue Chehrenegar
When a Cybershot Digital Camera Would Have Been Useful
More than forty years ago a photographer living in Shiraz, Iran suspected that some of the Muslims in the area might be planning an illegal activity. No doubt, if that observant gentleman had then had a cybershot digital camera, he would have used it to take pictures of his suspected “culprits.” Unfortunately, the cybershot digital camera was not one of the wonders of technology then available to that Iranian photographer.
The history of the world might have proceeded along very different lines, had that Shirazi businessman, the owner of a photography shop, had access to a cybershot digital camera. He could have used a DSC-P100 to catch a picture of the suspicious Muslim, and then he could have saved that photo on the 32 MB memory stick. He could also have rewritten history by using a DSC-P73 and then saving the photo on the 16 MB memory stick.
Because this photographer did not have a cybershot digital camera, he spent many hours performing the development of film in the darkroom. Hence, this man, who sensed that the Muslims in Iran were eager to overthrow the existing government, had little free time that could be used for trying to confirm his suspicions.
Interestingly, this coy gentleman then liked to feign nonchalance about the latest technological inventions. He would frequently look at the new invention and say, “high technology.” Still, one finds among those alive today, those who once crossed paths with this gentleman, the feeling that he would have been quite impressed with the cybershot digital camera.
Maybe he would never have understood what was delivered within the 5.1 mega pixels in the DSC-P 100 or within the 4.1 mega pixels in the DSC-P73, but he would have realized the change foretold by the appearance of those two cameras. He would have been the first to admit that the cybershot digital camera presented a major advance in the line of devices available to the professional photographer.
Once he had seen that a cybershot digital camera could allow a photographer to achieve a 6X magnification with its zoom, his fake disinterest in “high technology” would have ended. Then the owner of a small photography shop in Shiraz, Iran would almost certainly have been eager to posses the sort of camera that a photographer of that time had never imagined to exist.
Maybe his anticipated love for the cybershot digital camera would have led him to use the camera’s movie mode. Then this man, who was experienced at taking still pictures with a conventional camera, would have been making movies with a cybershot digital camera.
At one time Sue Chehrenegar pursued a career in biomedical research, but she has now taken on the challenges of the freelance writer. She has written for Vainquer Teens, for Nature Friend Magazine, and for www.abcteach.com.