The Race to Electronic Photography

Richard K. Ahrenkiel

A participant in some of the Kodak Research Lab’s early efforts in CCD-based imaging shares a view of the company’s contribution to the development of digital cameras. 

figureA compact color camera developed by Peter Dillon and colleagues at Kodak in 1974. [Luminate]

The concept of an electronic or digital camera originated almost simultaneously at Bell Laboratories and Eastman Kodak Research Laboratories in 1970–71. The camera was based on the 1970 invention, by Bell Labs researchers W.S. Boyle and G.E. Smith, of the charge-coupled device (CCD), a novel, silicon-based device that samples analog data at regular intervals and stores the data as discrete packets of electronic charge.

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