Part Two of our Top Vintage Gadgets. Click here for Part One of our Vintage Gadget feature.
5. Fujifilm X-M1 Compact System Camera £418
There seem to be no shortage of great vintage looking cameras around at the moment, but this one is the pick of the bunch – at least in terms of looks (also worth checking out the Olympus OMD-E10 which we featured on sister site, Shiny Shiny, here). Compact and lighter than a typical DSLR this model from Fuji boats 16-50mm IS Lens, HD 1080p, 16.3 Megapixels, Wi-Fi and 3inch LCD Screen. The free Fujifilm Camera Application also lets you connect to your smartphone for quick sharing.
Fujifilm. 4. Marshall Stanmore speaker £359
Billed as a loudspeaker for today’s world, Marshall’s Stanmore boasts multiple connection sources for phone, record player, TV or wirelessly via the latest version of Bluetooth, featuring APTX Technology. The Stanmore comes with two standby modes Powersaver and Standard, to minimise your speakers environmental impact when not actively in use. Also available in cream.
If you like the idea of an instant camera, like the good ole Polaroids of yesteryear, then you may be drawn to Fujifilm’s Instax range. Trouble is most of the range look pretty kiddy – bulbous and plasticy. This is the first one that looks like a serious retro styled camera. Sturdy in your hand, the Instax Mini 90 Neo Classic offers various effects including double exposure for superimposing two images on top of each other, and ‘bulb exposure’ of up to 10 seconds for creating interesting night shots including light streaks.
LPs sitting in a box in the basement? Tapes at the back of the cupboard feeling unloved? Well it’s time to dust them off and give them a spin/spool. Boasting a three speed turntable (33, 45 and 78RPM) and a cassette deck, this is the perfect gadget for those who can’t bear to let go of their old music formats. But it also comes with a CD burner so you can transfer all of your old music to the ‘new fangled’ formats should you so wish. If you don’t like the wooden finish, there’s also a version in black but it doesn’t look so great. Teac also sells replacement needles as an optional extra.
Chicago based firm Specimen Products produces a whole load of mad looking retro audio products, including valve amplifiers, as well as manufacturing musical instruments like guitars, even ukeleles. But it’s these Little Horn speakers that really caught our eye. Standing three feet tall, these old fashioned gramophone style speakers can be used, claims Specimen, with virtually any stereo system and are designed to be paired with Specimen’s satellite/sub-woofer combo. This self-contained unit connects directly to your iPod, MP3 player, computer, CD player or other sound source. Available in a wide range of colours to suit every possible taste (see the red and black version below).
Do you want to see what the other top vintage gadgets are? Click here for Part One of our guide.