Cameras are some of the most fetishized gadgets around. Some designs are gorgeous, balanced. Some even gain iconic cultural status. Others will forever rot in the dustbin of poor product design. Here is a selection of devices that got beaten hard with the ugly stick.
Apple's QuickTake was one of the first consumer digital cameras. It even made an appearance in Time Magazine's All-TIME 100 most influential gadget list. But Apple clearly hadn't found its design-groove yet, unless you like your cameras a nice shit-brown.
This is the most modern ugly camera on our list. Some companies just can't drop the whole curvature craze that should have died years ago. Canon, we know you are capable of better.
Many companies gave the ol' pivoting zoom-lens a try. I don't know if anyone really got good at it, but it wasn't Casio.
Electronics companies LOVE partnering with designers to release marked-up limited editions. Hasselblad and Ferrari collaborated on this detriment a couple of years ago. Nothing screams douche like sporting a Ferrari logo on your bright red camera.
Nothing spectacularly gross about this one. It's just got that feel of awkwardness. Too square, with that weird bulge next to the lens.
Make everything as round as humanly possible. That was the motto at Konica Minolta circa 2005. But hey, this gem is still on Amazon, and gets pretty great reviews!
What can you say? It was 1990. It looks like a normal camera that grew a giant tumor.
Sony is responsible for some very beautiful, even iconic, gadgetry. But you can't win 'em all. Clearly.