Digital cameras are specialized cameras that record pictures (photos and video) via electronic image sensors. But when was the digital camera invented? This post will answer that question and then mention a few interesting facts about digital cameras!
When was the digital camera invented?
The first digital camera was built in 1975 by Steven Sasson, who was an engineer at Eastman Kodak. However, the camera was not very practical. The camera recorded black and white images to a cassette tape, had a resolution of just 0.01 megapixels and took about 23 seconds to capture an image. The first ‘true’ digital camera (which recorded images as computerized files) was the Fuji DS-1P, produced in 1988. However, it was never released in America and was there is no evidence that it was ever released in Japan. The first commercially available digital camera was the 1990 Dycam Model 1.
Interesting facts about the digital camera
- Digital cameras take a lot of power to work. As digital cameras have gotten smaller, researchers have had to work hard to invent small batteries that provide power for a good length of time.
- The first camera phones (incorporating a digital camera) were released in Japan in 2001.
- MMS (picture messaging) is used by more than 1.3 billion people worldwide.
- Digital cameras are often called ‘point and shoot’ cameras as they are very easy to use!