A Look at Digital Photo Technology in 1985

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This piece about digital camera was a segment on the long-running BBC television series, Tomorrow’s World from 1985. While the segment does deal with digital cameras briefly, with an odd still shot of a camera, they primarily talk about the photos themselves and how they will be stored on discs. It is an interesting time for digital photo tech, since products had not yet really hit the consumer market and a lot about how the end-user will utilize digital photography is yet to be determined.

So what did they get right about the future back in 1985? Well, we might not transfer our photos to digital through a video camera, but we do enhance and modify our photos in their digital format.

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2 thoughts on “A Look at Digital Photo Technology in 1985

  1. They were not too far off – at least they were using floppy disks instead of cassette tape like the early Kodak demos.

    Wonder what that machine was towards the end where she was punching numbers to change the tint. My guess is something they mocked up to look real?

    Reminds me of the Sony Mavicka line of cameras that used 3.5″ floppy disks. Remember taking one to Disney and hoping the disks would hold up long enough to copy photos to computer…

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