Tuesday, 19 December 2017

History of the Digital Camera

For some reason today I found myself looking up the history of the digital camera. They have come a long way in a short period of time but when you look at all computer based technology development and improvements are fast. I am not interested in old tape based technology and to the nost part I am only interested in memory card type cameras. During todays search I saw an old film camera tethered to a shoulder carried memory/digital back. Hardly what you could call discreet of portable.
Kodak DCS 100, based on a Nikon F3 body with Digital Storage Unit, released in May, 1991. 
Can you imagine lugging that around at a wedding or as a press photographer. You can read about this and other Kodak early atempts on Wickipedia here
I am interested in the Kodak DCS (Digital Camera System) from early 1990's until its demise in 2005 when Kodak were in dire financial problems. These cameras were costing many thousands of dollars and big hearted Kodak agreed to offer support for them until 2008. Here is a picture from the top of the Wickipedia page of the type of Kodak DCS I am talking about.
The picture show a Nikon but Canons were also used. I am not sure if any collaberation went on with Fuji as they were trying to develop their own digital Pro Series. I can remember wanting a Fuji S3 But all I did was dream about one and never did buy my what was at the time dream camera.
Note the huge for the time display. Well as I am writing this I am sitting in our dining room with my soon to be replace TZ8 made by Panasonic. I am hoping to capture some shots of birds on the ggarden feeders, but as per usual the birds have other ideas. I mentioned the TZ8 it was released in 2010. Just five years before the above cameras had been state of the art and I am mentioning the TZ 8 because it showcases the rush in technology I ended up with a camera one quarter the size and a zoom of 12 times optical and if my memory serves me corectly 30 times digital. And all of this done on a sensor approx 1/32 of the full frame sensor used on the DSLRs above.

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