Why Do We Love Photography? A Thirty Somethings Photographic Journey. Rapidly Changing Technology. 1987-1999 Part 12
In 1996, for just under 300 hundred bucks you could get a piece of a revolution. Digital cameras had been invented in the 1970s, but were not commonly used because of their staggering price and other technical problems such as slow usage time and blurry images. In 1996, I purchased the DC20 in the hopes that I had stumbled upon the new wave of technology. Unfortunately, the quality of digital pictures at that time were not that great and that DC20 was more of a conversation piece than anything. I knew even then that digital cameras were a smart concept, but also knew that unless the quality improved that film cameras would remain my first option.
Two years later in 1998, I was introduced to the Kodak DC260 which had a larger zoom lens than the DC20 and had a picture review screen on the back so you could instantly know if you wanted to keep your frames or delete them immediately. The big hang-up with digital cameras in the late 90s were their large file sizes, 15 second photo storage time and the fact that it could only hold at best 30 pictures at one time. Ten megabit photo cards are a far cry from the much larger GB cards of 2014, but all things have to start somewhere. For a college kid, it was exciting to have two options of film and digital cameras. In the 1990s, several of my friends laughed at the digital cameras because of their poor image quality, but I knew it was the beginning of something big. However, I had no idea that as the 2000s approached, the film camera would give way completely to the digital revolution.