The History of the Camera
Cameras have come more than a long way since their ancient beginnings. The pinhole camera, simply a light-proof box with a small hole in its side, set the stage for modern day photography as we know it. This simple optical imaging
device has progressed over the years into the camera that is most likely on your smartphone today. A recent Consumer Electronics Association study revealed that consumers took an average of 72 digital photos at the most recent event
they attended. 51% of these photos wound up being shared on the internet, either through e-mail or photo-sharing sites. This infographic reveals the milestones in photography and cameras that got us to the remarkable level of photo-
sharing that we are at today.
- 1000 AD. Pinhole camera, or Camera Obscura, projects an inverted image when light passes through a small aperture.
- 1826. French inventor Joseph Nicephore burns the first permanent image using heliography, or sun drawing.
- 1837. Louis Daguerre invents the Daguerreotype, which captured the first permanent image.
- 1889. George Eastman patent the first Kodak Roll Film Camera.
- 1861. First permanent color photograph is taken by James Clerk Maxwell, set the stage for further color innovation.
- 1844. The first Panoramic Camera is created by Friedrich von Martens.
- 1947. Edwin Herbert Land invents Polaroid photography, making instant photography possible.
- 1960. Photographer Bates Littlehales invents first underwater camera, the OceanEye.
- 1975. First digital camera is invented by Kodak engineer, Steven Sasson.
- 1986. Fuji introduces the first disposable camera using 35mm film, the QuickSnap.
- 1992. The first professional digital cameras are made available by Kodak.
- 1995. The first photo sharing sites appear in the mid to late 90's.
- 2000. The first camera phone, is introduced by Sharp, setting the stage for modern day "citizen photojournalism".
- 2004. As demand increases for digital, Kodak stops production of film cameras.
- 2011. Smartphones account for more than a quarter of all photos shot.
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