The dawn of the digital photography

The first embryo of a “digital camera” without camera roll goes back in the distant 1969 when a student at Stanford University, D.Gregg, invents the so-called “Videodisk Camera” that stores images in an analogic manner on a first prototype of a optical disc.
Unfortunately the images last only a few minutes…it’s funny because the fixing was the main problem of the photography during the 1800s, at the beginning of analog photography! Time passes, the technology improves, the support where an image can be stored is different, but the man finds again the same problems!

David Paul Gregg
David Paul Gregg

The “Videodisk Camera” is a first attempt to record a photo in an analogic manner, but speaking about “true digital” in this case is extremely premature. Unfortunately there is no record or a specific sheet of this camera. Despite this “failure”, the idea to be able to take pictures without a camera roll is fascinating. This effort will be the beginning that will lead to the creation of the CD/DVD too.

Part of the project of the Gregg's optical disc (2nd patent)
Part of the project of the Gregg’s optical disc (2nd patent)