World’s First Digital Camera

Ahhhhh the 70’s… the decade where the first Star Wars movie was released, where afro haircuts where all the rage, and where the first digital camera came into existence. Yep, you read that right! In 1975, Kodak released the world’s first digital camera prototype, a clunky-looking device that used casette tapes as the medium to store pictures. Each photo took 23 seconds to snap, producing a 100-line black and white image that could only be displayed on a television set. No wonder why it never became popular.

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40 Responses to World’s First Digital Camera

    • not sure wether you are trying to be funny, but the tape is from Digital Electronics Corporation better known as DEC. A big mainframe and minicomputer manufacturer at the time.

  1. > No wonder why it never became popular.

    COME ON.

    It's a proof of concept prototype.

    There's world of difference between that and something people would actually use.

  2. > No wonder why it never became popular.

    COME ON.
    It’s a proof of concept prototype.
    There’s world of difference between that and something people would actually use.

    • Just guessing, but I'm assuming it snapped the picture, but it took 25 seconds to write that picture to the tape.

    • Just guessing, but I’m assuming it snapped the picture, but it took 25 seconds to write that picture to the tape.

  3. I think you have to be able to see the future to be able to take good photos of people playing football with that thing lol.

  4. I think you have to be able to see the future to be able to take good photos of people playing football with that thing lol.

  5. Haha, that's quite the machine, and its gotta be hooked up to that 'microcomputer' before you can even look at them pictures

  6. Haha, that’s quite the machine, and its gotta be hooked up to that ‘microcomputer’ before you can even look at them pictures

  7. That looks way too big for me – I dinna think I could take the strain. Just like Bubs, it has the potential to skeesh. A real head turner…

  8. That looks way too big for me – I dinna think I could take the strain. Just like Bubs, it has the potential to skeesh. A real head turner…

  9. Please! Back in the early 19th century when photography was still a relatively new thing, people had to sit for hours just to get their picture properly taken and developed!

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