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Digital photography may have been invented without the early work of George Eastman and Kodak, but it would have been far more difficult. With his roll of film and small, pocket-sized cameras, Eastman made it possible for most every individual and family to enjoy photography. Without generating mass interest in photography, there wouldn’t be a market for digital cameras today, and Kodak led the way again with the invention of the first digital camera during 1975. Read Part 1 for the beginning of the Kodak story.
Eastman found many other practical, and even life-saving uses, for his research and development of photographic film. As early as 1896, the company introduced a photographic paper that could record X-ray images. Then, during 1928, a Kodak subsidiary, Recordak, initially offered banks the first microfilm system. The company built on these successes to become a prime player in the printing industry prior to World War I. Through the decades, it has maintained this role, so that today approximately 40% of the world’s commercially printed pages rely on Kodak technologies.
When George Eastman died during 1932, he left the company in very able hands, which didn’t slow the growth of the company or its many innovations.
1932: The first 8mm amateur motion-picture film, cameras and projectors were introduced.
1934: Kodak’s German division introduced the first of its 35mm precision Kodak Retina cameras.
1935: Kodachrome film was introduced and became the first commercially successful amateur color film. It was initially offered in 16mm format for motion pictures; 35mm slides and 8mm home movies followed in 1936.
1937: Kodak introduced its first slide projector, the Kodaslide projector.
1942: Kodacolor film for prints, the world's first true color negative film, was announced.
1948: Kodak announced a 35mm tri-acetate safety base film for the motion picture industry to replace the flammable cellulose nitrate base. The company received an "Oscar" for this innovation during 1950.
1951: The low-priced Brownie 8mm movie camera was introduced.
1957: The Kodak Brownie Starmatic cameras were introduced. More than 10 million were sold during the next five years.
1961: The Kodak Carousel projector was brought to market, and featured a round tray holding 80 slides.
1963: The Kodak Instamatic camera was introduced, featuring easy-to-use cartridge-loading film. More than 50 million Instamatic cameras were produced by 1970.
The Digital Age
When Kodak made digital photography a reality with the world’s first digital camera during 1975, it could only take black-and-white images at a resolution of 10,000 pixels (.01 megapixels). Many of today’s digital cameras have hundreds, or even thousands, times more resolution. Kodak continued to revolutionize the digital photography market with the introduction of many new products.
1991: The KODAK Professional Digital Camera System (DCS). Photojournalists were able to take electronic pictures with a Nikon F-3 camera equipped by Kodak with a 1.3 megapixel sensor.
1992: The KODAK Professional DCS 200 Digital Camera.
1995: The KODAK DC40 Point-and-Shoot Digital Camera.
1996: The KODAK DC20 Digital Camera, a series of pocket-sized digital cameras.
1997: The KODAK DIGITAL SCIENCE DC120 Zoom Digital Camera, the first point-and-shoot, megapixel-quality digital camera for less than $1,000.
2001: The KODAK EASYSHARE System, a new line of digital cameras and docking systems.
2003: The KODAK EASYSHARE LS633 zoom digital camera, the first digital camera to feature an organic light-emitting diode (OLED) display, and the KODAK EASYSHARE DX6490 for advanced amateur photographers.
2005: The EASYSHARE-ONE Digital Camera, holds as many as 1,500 pictures for instant display.
2006: The KODAK EASYSHARE V570 zoom digital camera, the world’s first dual-lens digital still camera; the KODAK EASYSHARE V610 dual-lens digital camera, the world’s smallest camera to feature a 10x optical zoom; and the KODAK EASYSHARE V705 dual lens digital camera, the world’s smallest ultra-wide-angle, optical zoom digital camera.
2007: The KODAK EASYSHARE C513 Digital Camera with 5-megapixel resolution for less than $100.
2008: The world’s first 1.4-micron, 5-megapixel sensor designed for consumer applications, such as mobile phones.
2008: The first 50-million-pixel, CCD image sensor for professional photography.
2010: The KODAK PLAYSPORT Video Camera, the first of Kodak’s waterproof, pocket video cameras.