Kodak's first digital camera, circa 1975, was a real clunker

Just before the dawn of disco and the first Star Wars movie, the digital camera first saw the light of day. But this 1975 blunderbuss wasn’t anything like today’s palm-sized baubles, no sir.

This clunker from Kodak was the size of at least a hundred of today’s digi-cams, recording its murky 100-line black-and-white images onto a cassette tape. No rapid-fire 1200 frames-per-second shooting and quick transfer to flash memory here — it took a full 23 seconds to record one of those crude images onto the tape.

You know those tiny and easy-to-lose batteries inside your camera? Imagine 16 bulky nickel-cadmium cells providing power for your digi-snaps. What if you wanted to view those images? Take a gander at the ancient playback device, after the jump:

The next step in this cumbersome process was hooking up that cassette player to this clunky computer that would somehow play the pic back onto a television set. Looks like Kodak has learned a lot about ease of use since those early days.

Via Retro Thing