From the first prototype of 1975 to Sony's Cyber-shot RX1 of 2012, here's a chronicle of photography's inevitable march to digital
1994 Olympus Deltis VC-1100
Note: The Olympus Deltis VC-1000 is shown here.
Foreshadowing the camera phone and Wi-Fi-equipped cameras that wouldn't appear until many years later, this 442,368-pixel model was the first digital camera with the ability to transmit images over a phone line, without the intermediary of a computer or other device.
1995 Casio QV-10
Cue the chimp. The Casio QV-10 ushered in the present era of instant photo gratification with a 1.8-inch color LCD that could play back images and function as a viewfinder. Before it, optical viewfinders were the only way to compose pictures; LCDs were text-only control panels.
1995 Ricoh RDC-1
This model got the photo/video convergence rolling by being the first digital still camera to record video. It shot 5-second 768x480-pixel clips with sound at a smooth 30 frames per second, and saved them in the then-new MPEG format. And it could play them back on its color 2.5-inch LCD or a connected TV.