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The World’s First Digital Camera

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…was created in December 1975 by an engineer at Eastman Kodak named Steve Sasson (guy on above pic). In a Kodak blog post written in 2007 he explains how it was done:

It had a lens that we took from a used parts bin from the Super 8 movie camera production line downstairs from our little lab on the second floor in Bldg 4. On the side of our portable contraption, we shoehorned in a portable digital cassette instrumentation recorder. Add to that 16 nickel cadmium batteries, a highly temperamental new type of CCD imaging area array, an a/d converter implementation stolen from a digital voltmeter application, several dozen digital and analog circuits all wired together on approximately half a dozen circuit boards, and you have our interpretation of what a portable all electronic still camera might look like.

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The camera weighed 8 pounds (3.6 kg), recorded black and white images to a compact cassette tape, had a resolution of 0.01 megapixels (10,000 pixels), and took 23 seconds to capture its first image in December 1975.

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To play back images, data was read from the tape and then displayed on a television set:

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Via Petapixel, 3dfocus, Wikipedia



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