This man invented the digital camera in 1975 – and his bosses at Kodak never let it see the light of day


Sasson showed these devices to his bosses at Kodak in 1975. At the time, it took 50 milliseconds to capture the image but 23 seconds to record it to tape, according to the Times. Then Sasson would put the cassette into a player, which would take a further 30 seconds to put up a 100 by 100 pixel black and white image. The Times writes that the device was a strange mishmash of parts: a digital cassette recorder, a Super-8 movie camera, an analog-digital converter, and other components connected through handful of circuit boards.

His bosses were unimpressed. “They were convinced that no one would ever want to look at their pictures on a television set,” Sasson told The New York Times.

Sasson tried to convince them that, while the image quality wasn’t great at the moment, that would improve rapidly.

He was allowed to keep working on it, over skepticism from his bosses.

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