What Kodak said about digital photography in 1975 ...


In 1975, a 24-year-old engineer named Steven Sasson invented digital photography while working at Eastman Kodak by creating the world’s first digital camera. Kodak wasn’t exactly enthusiastic about the industry-changing breakthrough.

The 8-pound camera that Sasson put together shot 0.01-megapixel black-and-white photos and recorded them onto cassette tapes. Each photo took 23 seconds to create, and the only way to view the photos was to read the data from the tape and display it onto a standard television screen.

Sasson showed the new technology to a number of Kodak executives, but they couldn’t see the potential of what digital photography could become.

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