Canon Interface Unit DMB
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Description

The Canon Interface Unit DMB is a device conceived for the Canon T90 Single-lens reflex (SLR) camera and released in 1986.

First, you need to add the Canon DMB-90 module to the camera. This module has a LCD panel displaying the parameters and several buttons to change the settings. DMB-90 means Data Memory Back 90.

Then, you can connect the camera to a MSX computer by using the dedicated interface. The connection is made with a 6-pin connector attached to the interface. It was recommended to use the following Canon computers:

However, it can actually be used on any MSX computer with at least 16kB RAM without any problem. The MSX computer does not need an internal or external RS-232C interface, so it seems that the Canon Interface Unit DMB has such interface built-in.

The interface has a 2kB RAM to store data for 156 frames (4 rolls of 36-exposure film) or 338 frames (9 rolls of 36-exposure films), according the number of parameters used:

  • in the standard mode, 13 parameters are stored: shutter speed, aperture value, metering mode, shooting mode, use flash or not, aperture stopped-down or not, use exposure compensation or not, number of exposures made, ISO film speed, use manual exposure or not, frame number (a 4-digit up-counter coupled to exposure), auto calendar (Year/month/day, hour/minute), manually set lens data (8 program settings)
  • in the reduced capacity mode, only 6 parameters are stored: shutter speed, aperture value, aperture stopped-down or not, number of exposures made, use manual exposure or not, frame number (a 4-digit up-counter coupled to exposure)

The interface includes a ROM that displays a specific menu on the MSX computer with 6 options:

  • DUMP: transmit the data stored in the DMB-90 RAM to the computer
  • SET IMPRINT (a 6-digit number to be imprinted on the film) or SET LENS (four kinds of lens data)
  • DISP: display the data for 6 frames on the MSX screen
  • CSAVE: save data stored in the MSX memory on tape cassette
  • CLOAD: load data from tape cassette to the MSX memory
  • END: quit the menu

A SEARCH feature is included in this firmware. Additionnal software was provided on a cassette for inserting comments and for the TIMER and IMPRINT functions, it can display on the MSX screen 3 extra parameters (spot metering data, FE locking data, amount of exposure compensation). It is possible to print all the data by connecting a printer to the MSX computer.

The module was sold as DMB-90, the interface as Interface Unit DMB. They were not available in North America and some other areas.

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Canon DMB-90 interface, module and cassette
Canon DMB-90 module installed on T90 camera
Canon DMB-90 connected to camera and computer
Canon DMB-90 module
Canon DMB-90 module (back)
Canon DMB-90 module (panel opened)
Canon DMB-90 Interface Unit box
Canon DMB-90 Interface Unit
Canon DMB-90 Interface Unit cassette
Canon DMB-90 Interface Unit box and content

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