History of Photography


The Earliest Surviving Camera Photo

Approx. 1826

The "View from the window at Le Gras", was created in 1826 or 1827. It was created by Nicéphore Niépce, in Saint-Loup-De-Varennes, France. Niece invented photography while his sole and funds were deticated to "Pyreolophore".

First Underwater Photograph


In 1856, William Thompson became the first person to take a underwater photograph. He took it by attaching a camera to a pole. To keep the camera dry he got a carpenter to build him a wooden box large enough for the camera. He then put a piece of class at the front. Then fitted to an iron tripod.

First Waterproof Camera


The first waterproof camera was make in 1856, by William Thompson. He made it by attaching a camera to a pole. To keep the camera dry he got a carpenter to build him a wooden box large enough for the camera. He then put a piece of class at the front. At that time it was an amazing feat, because he was able to take an underwater photo without the camera getting wet.

First Durable Colour Photograph


The first durable colour photograph, was taken by James Clerk Maxwell in 1861. Maxwell created the image of a tartan ribbon. Tt was done by using Red, Green and Blue colour filters. Then recombining the images in to one colour composite.

First Underwater Photograph in Colour


In 1926, William Harding Longley and Charles Martin took the first underwater photographs in colour. Longley studied tropical-reef fish at the dry tortuous laboratory. He took the photograph in colour by using a magnesnium-powered-flash.

First Instant Camera


The first instant camera, "The Polaroid 95" was created in 1948 by Edwin Land. An instant camera is a camera that can produce an image in less then 1 minute. When Edwin Land designed it he wanted to create a photographic device that everyone could use.

First Electronic Camera


The first electronic camera was created in 1975 by Steven Sasson, working for Eastman Kodak. They built it by using charge-coupled device image sensor in 1975. Earlier ones used a camera tubes and later ones digitalized the signal.

First Consumer Camcorder


In 1983, Sony released the first consumer quality camcorder. The Betamovie BMC-100P, used a betamax cassette. It rested on the operators shoulder, because the design did not permit a single handed grip. When Sony released the Beta-cam system it eliminated the cord increasing the cameraman freedom

First Camera Phone

Approx. 1995

The first camera phone was developed by Eric Fossum in the early 1990s. The first camera phones made by J-Phone in Japan successfully marketed it. It used CCD sensors and not SMOS sensors. More then 90% of camera phones today use SMOS image sensor technology.

First Publicly Shared Camera Phone Photograph

June 11, 1997

On June 11, 1997, Phillip Kahn shared the first Camera Phone photograph. He wirelessly transmitted the photograph taken in the maternity ward when his daughter Sophie was born he sent it to 2,000 friendS and family worldwide.

First Consumer Level DSLR

January 2000

In January 2000, Fujifilm released the first Consumer level DSLR camera. It was an interchangeable lens DSLR. Its ISO film speed equivalents ranged from 320-1600. It was auto-focusing and it had a electronically controlled focal plane shutter with speed of 30sec./ 1/2000 sec.

GoPro's First Camera


In 2004 GoPro came out with its first camera. It used a 35mm film. He spent 2 years on the design of his first camera. When he first came up with the idea of GoPro, he began fundraising by selling bead and shell belts for $20 each out of his VW van.

First DSLR To Have Built-In Image Stabalization

Approx. 2004

In 2004, Konica Minolta released the Konica Minolta Maxxam 7D, the first DSLR camera to have a built in image stabilizer. It was built with a 6.1 megapixel camera. When it was first sold the Maxxam 7D had a very high price tag of 1000 British Pounds. It also had the best anti-shake technology at the time.

First DSLR To Have Video Recording

Approx. 2008

In early 2008, Nikon released the D90 the first DSLR to have video recording. It had a 12.3 mega-pixel camera. However it had the ability to record HD 720p videos, with mono sound, at 24 frames per second. In May 2009 the D90 won the award for "Best D-SLR Advanced" category.

First DSLR To Have Touchscreen

June 2012

In June 2012, Cannon released the first DSLR to have touchscreen. The E0S Rebel T4i DSLR is a 18 mega-pixel camera and up to 5fps shooting. It also features improved colour rendition and a 14 bit DIGIC 5 processing. With touchscreen LCD control.