The Supreme Reign of the DSLR Began in 1999: How Did It Happen?

The millennium was yet to dawn, but 1999 saw Bill Clinton acquitted, the Columbine massacre, the world’s population hit 6 billion, and “The Sopranos” debut. Lance Armstrong won his first Tour de France, the Euro came in to circulation, Napster was released along with Internet Explorer 5, and “The Phantom Menace” and “The Matrix” were first screened. But why did it also see the birth of the DSLR?

Whilst Kodak’s Steve Sasson claims plaudits for the invention of the digital camera, the first DSLR arrived in 1991 courtesy of Kodak, as the 1.3MP DCS-100. This was actually a butchered Nikon F3 with custom digital back, tethered to a weighty battery pack that also contained a hard disk drive and 4″ monitor, and costing an eye-watering $20,000 (about $40,000 today). This obviously wasn’t…


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