Back in 1995, A 1MP Pro Digital Camera Cost $20,000

Want to see how far digital cameras have come over just the past 20 years? Check out this 4-minute clip that CNET released back in 1995, when digital cameras were only just starting to find their way into the hands of serious photographers.

One of the cameras featured in the video was referred to as the “B-2 Stealth Bomber” of digital cameras at the time. It was a Fujix Nikon camera that cost $20,000 ($31,000 in today’s money), could shoot 1.3 megapixel photos, and used a removable 131MB hard drive that could store 70 photos.


Once digital photos were captured, you could transfer them to a computer and then “modem them” to production, anywhere in the world.

During this time, Apple was still making standalone consumer digital cameras alongside companies like Kodak and Casio. The influential Apple QuickTake was produced between 1994 and 1997, and is considered to be the first consumer digital camera. The first Apple iPhone — with a 2MP rear camera — was introduced in 2007, a decade after the QuickTake was discontinued.

(via CNET via SLR Lounge)