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The History of the Camera

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 Electronic 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 milestone in photography 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 Niepce burns the first permanent image using heliography, or sun drawing

1837
Louis Daguerre invents the daguerreatyepe, which captured the first permanent image

1889
George eastman patents 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 van 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 35 mm 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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The History of the Camera

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