The world’s first digital camera wasn’t as high-tech as you probably imagined. It was created in 1975 by Kodak engineer Steve Sasson, and unlike even the earliest consumer models, this camera only had a 0.1-megapixel sensor. That’s not all, the camera recorded the black & white images – 23 seconds per image — it took onto a cassette tape. Continue reading for more pictures, a video overview (foreign language), and additional information.
Newspapers were very quick to embrace the new technology when it finally arrived in the form of an affordable and useable production camera. The first commercially available digital camera was the 1991 Kodak DCS-100 which had a 1.3 megapixel sensor and cost around 8000-pounds in UK – when you could get them.
“My prototype was big as a toaster, but the technical people loved it,” Mr. Sasson said. “But it was filmless photography, so management’s reaction was, ‘that’s cute – but don’t tell anyone about it.'”