A Kodak employee invented the first-ever digital camera, but his company hid it

by Aadarsh Jain

A Kodak employee invented the first-ever digital camera, but his company hid it

April 11, 2021

In 1973, Steven Sasson, a Kodak employee, was assigned the task of determining if the charged couple device (C.C.D) has any practical applications. This led him to invent the first ever digital camera and a screen to view it.

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The Aftermath Of The Invention

In 1975, Steve, the man, showed his bosses at the company these creations. It took almost 23 seconds to capture and record an image on tape at the time. After recording to the tape, Sasson transferred the cassette to another unit, which took another 30 seconds to produce a black-and-white image of 100×100 pixels. The computer was a strange and confused mixture of components:

  • A digital cassette recorder
  • A Super-8 movie camera
  • An analogue-digital converter
  • components connected through a handful of circuit boards

Why Kodak Never Released It

Sasson’s supervisors were unimpressed with his camera, believing that the image quality was poor and that no one would ever want to view their photographs on a television screen. They let Sasson keep the camera and told him to work on it after he tried to convince them. Also, Kodak was the dominant brand in the US photo industry at the time, and the company didn’t want to jeopardise its film business. 


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