In a Kodak blog post written in 2007, Sasson explains how it was constructed:
It had a lens that we took from a used parts bin from the Super 8 movie camera production line downstairs from our little lab on the second floor in Bldg 4. On the side of our portable contraption, we shoehorned in a portable digital cassette instrumentation recorder. Add to that 16 nickel cadmium batteries, a highly temperamental new type of CCD imaging area array, an a/d converter implementation stolen from a digital voltmeter application, several dozen digital and analog circuits all wired together on approximately half a dozen circuit boards, and you have our interpretation of what a portable all electronic still camera might look like.
Here are some specs: The 8 pound camera recorded 0.01 megapixel black and white photos to a cassette tape. The first photograph took 23 seconds to create.
To play back images, data was read from the tape and then displayed on a television set:
Today's most affordable state-of-the-art camera, the Canon PowerShot SX150 IS, by comparison has the following specs:
• 12x Wide-Angle Optical Zoom and 28mm lens with Optical Image Stabilizer
• 14.1 Megapixel Image Sensor and DIGIC 4 Image Processor
• 720p HD Video in Stereo Sound
• Large 3.0-Inch Wide LCD Viewing Screen
• Movie Digest Mode Records Video Clps Before Shoting a Photo
• 12x wide-angle optical zoom
At Amazon, all of this technology can be purchased for less than $100.