Kodak's Digital Camera
Many people may not know this, but the world’s first digital camera was invented in 1975, by Kodak, and recorded images onto cassette tape. The camera had a 100 line black and white CCD sensor, and images could be played back (via a “Microcomputer”) and viewed on a TV screen. More information can be found on retrothing.com, and on the Kodak blog:

“In December of 1975, after a year of piecing together a bunch of new technology in a back lab at the Elmgrove Plant in Rochester, we were ready to try it. “It” being a rather odd-looking collection of digital circuits that we desperately tried to convince ourselves was a portable camera. 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.”

Kodak Digital Camera Tape

“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.” Images from Twitter/KodakCB.

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2 Responses to The World’s First Digital Camera by Kodak

  1. Janet says:

    I had no idea. Wow.

  2. SherlinDukes says:

    I have always trusted KODAK from my childhood. That’s not a surprise for me if it was the first one to make Digital Cameras.

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