Kodak DCS 520 (1998)

The partnership with Canon culminated in the first truly integrated DCS camera, where the body and back were seamlessly merged (well, almost). Canon provided an EOS 1N body with special firmware and no film transport parts. The 2-megapixel M15 imager used indium tin oxide (ITO) clock conductors and a new CFA mix to dramatically improve blue channel output. 3.6 superb images per second, no aliasing, and a pong game for downtime made it a winner with news and sports shooters. The revolutionary camera was launched at PMA in 1998 at $14,995 and was the first to carry the new Kodak Professional brand. A special version called DCS 520X also existed which had a Xena CMY color filter but this one was never sold.

Text: Jim McGarvey (used with permission)


  • Brand: Kodak
  • Model: DCS 520c
  • First mentioned: 1998
  • Marketed: yes
  • MSRP: $14,995
  • Imager Type: Kodak M15 2MP
  • Resolution: 1728x1152
  • Internal Storage: -
  • External Storage: PC Card Type II/III
  • Lens: interchangeable lenses EF-mount
  • Shutter: 1/8,000s - 30s
  • Aperture Range: lens dependent
  • LCD screen size: 1.8" LCD
  • Size: 174 x 161 x 92mm
  • Weight: 1650 gr.
  • Remarks: -

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