DC Views has a 10th anniversary review of the very first digital camera, the Kodak Digital Science DC50.
Some features from ten years ago:
- 756 x 504 resolution (0.3-megapixel).
- 1MB internal memory, with a PCMCIA card slot for more.
- Took about 5 seconds to record an image to the memory.
- Pictures transfered at a rate of about four images per minute to the computer through a serial port.
The review concludes with this 1996 quote from Eastman Kodak CEO George M.C. Fisher:
"Over time, consumers will be able to store and index images on a worldwide server and to send pictures to a friend halfway around the globe. We will even be able to interact with photofinishers to preview images over phone lines and select sizing and editing of the pictures we want."
Digital nearly killed Kodak, but the company managed to overcome its relience on film to become the #1 camera brand in the USA today.