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Posted by oneslidephotogaraphy On March - 2 - 2017

Steven J. Sasson and the First Digital Camera

Steven J. Sasson and the First Digital Camera




Steven J. Sasson was born on July 4, 1950 in Brooklyn, New York, USA. He’s an American electrical engineer and inventor of the digital camera. The invention process began in 1975. Steven Sasson received a grueling assignment from his Boss, Gareth A Lloyd, at the Eastment Kodak company. Sasson was to conduct a research answering whether or not it was possible to construct a camera using solid state electronics, solid state imagers, and an electronic sensor known as a charge coupled device (CCD) that gathers optical information


In 1972, Texas Instruments Inc has designed a filmless electronic camera but it wasn’t digital. It wasn’t an analog that uses electronics. After literature research on digital imaging seemed fruitless, Sasson turned his interests to what’s already available. Consisting of an adapted analog to digital converter from a Motoral component, Kodak camera film les and the small CCD chip was introduced by Fairchild Semiconductor minor in 1973.


first digital camera ever

first digital camera ever




Prototype Digital Camera Playback System

Prototype Digital Camera Playback System




Sasson set up and built the digital circuit from scratch utilizing an oscilloscope measurement as a guide. The first prototype of the digital camera was then born, but there is no image to see the entire prototype. On December 1975, Sasson and his technicians persuaded the lab assistant to pose for them. Back and white images, captured in 0.01 megapixel (10,000 pixels) resolution, took 23 seconds to record to a digital cassette tape and 23 more seconds to read from the unit to playback on a television screen. Then, the image appeared on the television screen.


Sasson now works to protect the intellectual rights of his company, Eastman Kodak Company. On November 17, 2010, President Barrack Obama gave Sasson a “National Medal of Technology and Innovation” medal in a ceremony in the East Room of the White House. This is the highest honor to be given by the US government to scientists, engineers, and inventors.


Steven J. Sasson -  National Medals of Technology and Innovation

Steven J. Sasson - National Medals of Technology and Innovation




Steven J. Sasson - Obama Awards

Steven J. Sasson - Obama Awards






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