Digital photography in 1991 (photos)

Digital photography in 1991 (photos)

Summary: ZDNet's 20th anniversary: A walk through digital cameras over the years, all the way back to 1991.

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  • The Kodak DCS 100's hard drive and batteries were stored in a separate Digital Storage Unit (tethered to the camera by cable) that also included a monochrome LCD for viewing images. The combined unit was so large that a nylon hip pack and huge hard case were included in the $20,000 price tag. The DCS was aimed at photojournalists since the camera (which used a SCSI interface to connect to a computer) could drastically reduce the transmission time for sending photos back to the newsroom.

  • 1991 was the year that Canon, Fuji, Kodak, Minolta, and Nikon started jointly developing the 24mm Advanced Photo System (APS) film format, which would be officially launched in 1996. The magnetic or optical information exchange (IX) layer of APS film provided the ability to record auxiliary information (such as date, time, caption, and exposure data), a precursor to metadata associated with a digital image file.

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  • RE: Digital photography in 1991 (photos)

    My first digital was the Fuji MX-100 from 1997. I still have it and it still works although I now have to find a USB cable for it. :-) I also had the floppy adapter for smart media memory cards.