The History of the Camera

Events

The Matriarch

1500

The first pinhole camera (also called the Camera Obscura) was invented by Alhazen (Ibn Al-Haytham).

A Relic

1839

The Daguerreotype Camera was announced by the French Academy of Sciences. One of these inventions is now the world’s most expensive cameras.

The first American Patent

Approx. 1840

The first American patent issued in photography to Alexander Wolcott for his camera

The First Panoramic Camera

1859

The panoramic camera patented by Thomas Sutton.

Improvement of Photogenic Techniques

1861

Oliver Wendell Holmes invents stereoscope viewer.

The Beginning of the Kodak Empie

1888

1888

George Eastman patents Kodak roll-film camera. Eastman was a pioneer in photographic films usage. He also started manufacturing paper films in 1885. His first "Kodak" box camera was very simple and very cheap.

Say 'X'!

1900

The Raisecamera (travel camera) was invented. Extreme light weight and small dimensions when it is folded made this photo camera the most desirable thing for landscape photographers.

First mass-marketed camera

1900

First mass-marketed camera – the Brownie was presented by Eastman. It was on sale until 1960s.

The first portable camera

1914

The first 35mm still camera (also called 'candid' camera ) developed by Oskar Barnack of German Leica Camera. Later it became the standard for all film cameras.

The first "quickie"

1948

Edwin Land invented the Polaroid camera which could take a picture and print it in about one minute.

The First extreme depth underwater camera is born

1960

EG&G develops extreme depth underwater camera for U.S. Navy.

The first point-and-shoot

1978

Konica introduces the first point-and-shoot, autofocus camera Konica C35 AF. It was named “Jasupin”.

The First Digital Camera

1981

Sony demonstrates the Sony Mavica – the world’s first digital electronic still camera. Digital photography and television images are related to the same technology, so this camera recorded images into a mini disk and then put them into a video reader. Images could be displayed to a television monitor or color printer.

The first professional digital camera system

1991

Kodak released the first professional digital camera system (DCS) which was of a great use for photojournalists. It was a modified Nikon F-3 camera with a 1.3 megapixel sensor.

The first digital cameras for the consumer-level market

1995

The first digital cameras for the consumer-level market that worked with a home computer via a serial cable were the Apple QuickTake 100 camera (February 17 , 1994), the Kodak DC40 camera (March 28, 1995), the Casio QV-11 (with LCD monitor, late 1995), and Sony’s Cyber-Shot Digital Still Camera (1996).

The 'Selfie' Empire begins ... or nearly there

2000

In Japane Sharp’s J-SH04 introduced the world’s first camera phone.

Hightech cameras reaches common consumers

2005

The Canon EOS 5D is launched. This is first consumer-priced full-frame digital SLR with a 24x36mm CMOS sensor.

The Era of Selfies

2007

For some weird reason, someone at Japan’s Sharp Corporation decided to make a cell phone with a camera built in. Despite its seeming randomness, this combination worked well. These days, it’s hard to imagine a cell phone without a camera. They’re everywhere.