Photography Milestones from Kodak
For more than 100 years, Eastman Kodak Company has regularly brought innovation to the photography market. Much has transpired since the days of the first point-and-shoot camera. During the last 30 years alone, we have played a leading role in many digital imaging breakthroughs. While all of these digital firsts speak to Kodaks ability to introduce imaginative technologies, the company prides itself on incorporating such new discoveries into products that can be enjoyed by millions of people around the globe.
1975 Kodak scientist Steve Sasson developed the worlds first digital camera prototype.
1978 At Kodaks annual meeting of shareholders, CEO Walter Fallon showed early photographic before-and-after examples of breakthrough technology to digitize film images and improve their picture quality, pointing to a day when advanced digital imaging systems would automatically and routinely perform this function for everyday picture processing.
1979 Kodak researcher Ching Tang made the first discoveries relating to organic light emitting diodes (OLED), a promising display technology that Kodak went on to patent and incorporate into products more than two decades later.
Kodak announced the development of the world's first megapixel digital
sensor small enough to function in a handheld camera a sensor
that had 1.4 million pixels. In reviewing the announcement, the Wall
Street Journal noted that the biggest surprise was that the technology
breakthrough came from an American company.
Kodak introduced the Kodak XL 7700 digital continuous-tone printer,
a thermal dye-sublimation printer capable of printing large format,
photo-quality prints from digital image files.
Kodak announced the development of its Photo CD system,
utilizing state-of-the-art scanning and compression technology to produce
18-megabyte photo files from negatives and transparencies, which could
be custom recorded to writeable CDs.
Kodak began offering a digital printing service through its PhotoNet Online Web site, enabling consumers to upload their digital photo files and order prints of them. A similar service known as "Quick Prints" was then added to the Kodak.com Web site, which later became the Print@Kodak service.
Kodak launched its first 3-megapixel consumer digital camera, the DC4800 zoom digital camera. The critically acclaimed point-and-shoot camera was designed with manual and automatic settings for maximum creative control and flexibility.
Kodak announced a strategic partnership with Sanyo and Ulvac to develop OLED (organic light emitting diode) flat panel display technology. This agreement was the first step towards building a broad manufacturing equipment infrastructure for the production of OLED displays, a revolutionary new technology used in advanced electronic applications.
Kodak introduced the Kodak EasyShare system, which included a breakthrough camera dock and five cameras the DX3215, DX3500, DX3600, DX3700 and DX3900. The new EasyShare system set a standard for ease of use for digital photography, making it one-touch simple for consumers to automatically transfer pictures from the camera to the PC.
Kodak acquired Ofoto (now the Kodak EasyShare Gallery), the market leader in online photography services, to help share and print high-quality digital pictures.
Kodak EasyShare Software adds the ability to print digital images at online photofinishers.
2002 Kodak began distributing its EasyShare software for free via the Internet, for use by all digital camera users. Rapid adoption of the software has helped digital camera users to easily organize, email and print their digital pictures, whether at home or via online photofinishers.
Kodak and Olympus announced the Four Thirds System (4/3 System), which delivers interchangeable lens mount compatibility for next-generation digital camera systems.
Kodak announced the Kodak Professional DCS Pro 14n digital camera, the first 13.89 megapixel digital single lens reflex (SLR) camera priced under $5,000. The camera also boasted the industrys first 35-mm size CMOS (complementary metal oxide semiconductor) sensor in a Nikon F-mount camera.
Kodak announced its AM550L display, incorporating a full-colour, active-matrix OLED (organic light emitting diode) technology. The first of its kind, the device represented a milestone in the evolution of displays exhibiting crisper video and greater portability. This earned Kodak the Society for Information Displays prestigious Display of the Year Gold Award.
2003 Kodak introduced the worlds first printer dock, which creates 4 x 6-inch, real Kodak pictures directly from Kodak EasyShare digital cameras without a computer.
Kodak introduced the Kodak Picture Maker G3 digital printing kiosks allowing customers to print digital images from popular memory card formats at tens of thousands of convenient retail locations worldwide.
The Kodak Plus Digital 35 mm one-time-use camera system is launched, giving film users an easy way to enjoy the benefits of digital photography by providing them with
prints as well as digital images on a Kodak Picture CD.
2004 Kodak introduced the Kodak EasyShare Printer Dock Plus with the ability to print wirelessly from camera phones via infrared and Bluetooth technology. By year-end, Kodak has shipped more than two millions printer docks, making this one of the global consumer electronics industrys fastest-growing products.
Kodak, along with Konica Minolta, Nikon, Olympus, Pentax, Ricoh and Sanyo, announced the ImageLink print system. This new specification allows interoperability between snapshot printers and cameras from these manufacturers, providing effortless, one-touch picture printing.
Kodak added infrared and Bluetooth wireless technology printing capability to its line of Kodak Picture Maker G3 digital printing kiosks at retail locations worldwide.
2005 Kodak introduced Kodak EasyShare-One digital camera with WiFi capability, the worlds first wireless consumer digital camera. It has the ability to e-mail images directly from the camera and to browse photo albums stored online at the Kodak EasyShare Gallery. The camera also boasted other industry-leading features such as a 3-inch touch screen LCD, an advanced user interface programmed in Flash, and 256 MB of internal memory allowing it hold up to 1500 favourite images for anytime printing or sharing. Immediately after being announced, the EasyShare-One camera earned the CNET Next Big Thing award and the G4TechTV Best of CES award.
Kodak unveiled the Kodak EasyShare Printer Dock Plus with w-fi capability to print wirelessly from the EasyShare-One camera and other WiFi enabled devices.
Thanks to continued innovation, Kodak now holds top market share for digital cameras, snapshot printers, picture kiosks, and online picture services in the U.S. It also climbed to the #3 position for worldwide digital camera shipments, and is the fastest-growing brand of digital cameras in the world for the second straight year.