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DSLR is born

May 27

Kodak officially trademarked the Digital Camera System (DCS) on May 27, 1991. This system marked a significant milestone in the history of photography as it was the first commercially available digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) camera. The DCS, based on a modified Nikon F3 body, was designed for professional use and included a digital sensor and storage unit, effectively revolutionizing digital photography at the time.

Technical Specifications:

  • Sensor: The Kodak DCS featured a 1.3-megapixel CCD (Charge-Coupled Device) image sensor.
  • Storage: Images were stored on a separate external unit connected to the camera. The storage unit could hold about 156 uncompressed images.
  • Image Quality: The 1.3-megapixel sensor provided a resolution of 1280 x 1024 pixels, which was quite advanced for its time.
  • Cost: The initial cost of the Kodak DCS was around $20,000, reflecting its professional market target.

Impact on Photography:

  • Professional Use: The Kodak DCS was primarily aimed at photojournalists and professional photographers who required the immediacy and convenience of digital photography.
  • Speed and Efficiency: It significantly reduced the time between capturing an image and having it ready for publication, which was a major advantage for news organizations.
  • Precursor to Modern DSLRs: The Kodak DCS laid the groundwork for future developments in digital SLR cameras, leading to the eventual dominance of digital photography in both professional and consumer markets.


  • The Kodak DCS is recognized as a pioneering product in the history of digital photography. Its introduction marked the beginning of the transition from film to digital in professional photography.
  • It demonstrated the potential of digital imaging technology, which has since revolutionized the entire photography industry, leading to the development of increasingly advanced digital cameras with higher resolutions, better storage capabilities, and more user-friendly interfaces.
  • The Kodak DCS’s introduction in 1991 represents a landmark moment in photography, signifying the dawn of the digital era and setting the stage for the rapid technological advancements that followed.


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