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First Digital Camera On Display at Eastman House


Former Kodak electrical engineer Steve Sasson invented the first digital camera in 1975.

It was part of an assignment from his supervisor, Gareth A. Lloyd to attempt to build an electronic camera using a charge coupled device (CCD). 

The 8-pound camera is on display for the first time as part of the Innovation in the Imaging Capital exhibit at the George Eastman House.

A panel discussion is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. this Saturday, November 22 at the Eastman House. Sasson, along with  photographers Robert Burley and James Estrin of the New York Times will talk about how the shift from analog to digital photography has changed our relationship to images.

Click on the audio link above to hear Steve Sasson talk about his invention and how we almost didn't get a chance to see it.

Beth Adams joined WXXI as host of Morning Edition in 2012 after a more than two-decade radio career. She was the longtime host of the WHAM Morning News in Rochester. Her career also took her from radio stations in Elmira, New York, to Miami, Florida.