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History of Digital Camera Development

Began with charged couple device (CCD) cameras that recorded to analog media

Steve Sasson produced the first for Kodak in 1973

Solid state CCD that recorded output onto cassette tape

Resolution: 10,000 pixels, or 0.01 megapixels

First practical use in 1984, for journalism

Canon RC-701 recorded images onto “video floppies”

During 1984 Olympics images could be transmitted via telephone lines, and image quality was acceptable for newsprint

JPEG image compression standard introduced in 1988

First true digital camera: Fuji DS-1P debuted in 1988, recording a computerized image file to onboard memory

First camera with live image feed to LCD: Casio QV-10 in 1995

First “professional” digital SLR camera natively designed: 2.74MP Nikon D1 in 1999

First affordable “consumer” digital SLR: 6MP Canon Digital Rebel 300D in 2003 - $1000

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