Japan Semiconductor Innovation 50     (A-17 1990s)

Digital Still Camera, QV-10 (Casio)

Casio launched the world's first digital still camera for personal use, QV-10, in March 1995. Although resolution of the CCD sensor used in the camera was as low as 250k pixels only, the unique concept of the product and easiness of image data transfer to PCs appealed to customers and the digital still camera became a hot selling product. The success of QV-10 inspired both other consumer electronics players and camera makers, and many of them joined in this digital still camera market. In 2002, the number of digital still camera shipments surpassed that of film cameras, and digital still cameras are now one of the major digital consumer products.

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