Digital Camera Creator A Product Was Removed By Kodak Company

Steven Sasson was just 24 when he created an important tool that would be the "backbone" of the modern photography world in the 20th century. In 1975, he tried to create a tool that carried out simple tasks but with complicated photography techniques.

Sasson invented a camera-shaped machine. At this time, the machine was as big as microwave weighing 4 kg. The camera was part of his job as a Kodak employee at the Applied Electronics Research Center.

Armed with the camera of his invention, Sasson then entered a room attended by top Kodak companies to see a demonstration of his work.

"The device takes 50 seconds to capture, but it only takes 23 seconds to store," Sasson said confidently.

"I'll take the cassette, hand it over to the assistant and put it in the rotary device." About 30 seconds later, a black and white image appeared 100 times 100 pixels.


Unfortunately, Kodak's superiors were not directly affected by Sasson's creation at the time. Kodak was then "firmly established" as a fairly powerful company in the world of global photography. Conventional products such as cameras, flashlights, and movies can be created.

“Print technology has been with us for over 100 years, and nobody complains about print. Also, print is cheap. Why would people want to see their pictures on television (referring to Sasson's creation camera)? ”Said a Kodak senior at the time.

Although his creation was abandoned by Kodak, Sasson's work later became an early concept of what is now called digital photography.


Sasson then undertook a new task of finding answers to how to create a digital camera using a charge-couple device (CCD).

Charge-couple device (CCD) is a light-sensitive integrated circuit (IC). It was discovered by AT&T Bell Labs scientists Willard Boyle and George E. Smith in 1969.

CCD in a report written by The New York Times, has the disadvantage of missing electronic components that are caught in components. This makes CCD difficult to implement into a camera device.

However, Sasson was not one to give up easily, he later had a way of overcoming this weakness by turning the electronic wave into a number. The number is stored in RAM memory which is then stored in the storage media as a cassette.

Three years as a Kodak worker, the concept of digital cameras was finally born. A camera unit comprised of various components: Super-8 camera lenses, portable digital cassette recorders, analog to digital converters, and 16 nickel cadmium batteries.

According to Sasson, the creation will rival film cameras between 15-20 years old when it was created. Most important to chase 2 million pixels to match 110 negative movies.

However, Sasson's creations are no longer welcome. The Kodak superiors evaluated the films and prints of their creations at that time and still are very popular. As a result, Sasson's work has been "closed down" for more than 20 years to the public.


The action of the Kodak when Sasson introduced his creation was finally regretted. In 2012, the company subsequently filed for Chapter 11 documents in the framework of bankruptcy protection. The world of film photography that Kodak boasted was finally "destroyed" and replaced by digital photography which later became Nikon and Canon of Japan.

On November 15, 2010, Sasson was awarded the National Medal of Science and the National Medal of Technology and Innovation from US president Barack Obama.

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