Thinking about the world today, it is obvious how much technology influences human life. Photography has become a great influence in the lives of humans today as well as it has with humans in the past. Cameras have made it possible to be able to remember things that have happened in the past with a visual perspective rather than with just memories kept in the mind or written on paper. As technology advanced it became more and more efficient to take, as well as view pictures. The change from film cameras to digital cameras have also made photo taking much quicker. This is the beginning of the digital camera revolution.
Steve Sasson is the inventor of the digital camera. He was born on July 4, 1950 and was raised in Brooklyn, New York. Mr. Sasson attended a school called the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where he received his Bachelors degree as well as his Masters degree. He later joined the Kodak team in the year of 1973, and currently remains there still today.
A very important part of the digital camera is known as the CCD, or charged-coupled device. Without this device the digital camera may very well not exist today. The CCD was invented in the year of 1969, by two men by the name of George Smith and Willard Boyle. This device was made in the Bell Laboratories, and was demonstrated on October 17, 1969. “The CCD is the heart of the digital camera development because it is the solid-state device that converts light into electronic signals” (Holwerda). This very first CCD was only 100 x 100 pixels, but as technology kept advancing by the year of 1978 Bell Labs was able to create a CCD image sensor with a 500 x 500 pixel array.
While Steve Sasson was in the process of figuring out how to make the digital camera, in Eastman Kodak he finally came across the CCD in 1973. Just one year after being introduced to this device the digital camera was finally made. (Holwerda) “In the year of 1975 Steve Sasson patented a prototype digital camera, using recently invented Fairchild CCD image sensor, and a lens from a Kodak movie camera” (Practical Photography Tips). This camera took black and photos that were recorded onto a cassette tape. A screen was also developed by Kodak in order to view the images. Sasson’s overall plan was for the camera to be portable, but with 16 nickel cadmium batteries, a tape recorder, and 6 circuit boards all together weighing 9 pounds, it was very hard to consider this portable. However, he was successful and is the reason the world has digital cameras today.
Today the typical professional digital camera can be found in a price range from $1,000 to $5,000 (Dunleavy). But, digital cameras that are not considered professional can be found at much lower prices. However, “in 1991 Kodak released the first professional digital camera system marketed toward journalists. It used a Nikon F-3 camera film body adapted with a 1.3 mega pixel Kodak CCD image sensor. It sold for $13,000” (Practical Photography Tips). That is quite a...