Photography Inventions

Update: This post was originally posted on 11th November 2019 but after changing my website this post had to be re-published due to technical issues.

In a previous post I wrote about some of the inventors we have to thank for modern day photography. In that post I mentioned that I would do a post about the technology advancements in photography, well here is that promised post.

Camera Obscura – 5th Cantury BC

Although this could be argued not to be a camera as it didn’t take photographs there would be no modern day cameras without this invention. It used a pinhole to project an inverse image when light passed through it. And so is the beginning of photography from a technology point of view.

Daguerreotype – 1839

As I mentioned in my previous post this was invented by Joseph Nicéphore Niépce and Louis-Jacques-Mandé Daguerre, although it wasn’t actually completed until after Niépce’s death in 1833. Once completed in 1839 Daguerre named it after himself, and it was the first photographic process that became widely used.

Megaskop – 1844

This was the first camera that was able to take panoramic images, and was invented by Friedrich Von Martens.

The Rsise camera – 1900

Was the first light weight and portable camera and was invented by Emil Wűnsche Reise. This camera was not as cumbersome as studio cameras of its day.

The Kodak Brownie – 1900

This was a low cost camera and introduced the concept of taking a snap shot.

The Lecia – 1925

The first camera to use 35mm film was invented by Oskar Barnack, it was an immediate hit when introduced at the Leipzig Spring Fair.

The Duaflex – 1947

This is the first SLR which had an adaptable eye level viewfinder and was invented by Kodak. Although made in the USA, Canda and UK it was discontinued in the US in March 1960.

Polaroid Model 95 – 1947

This was the first commercially available model of self-developing film camera developed by polaroid. This model produced sepia-coloured prints in about 1 minute.

The Kodak Digital Camera – 1975

As I touched on in my previous post this was the first portable digital camera and is the basis for todays digital camera. It recorded images onto a cassette tape, had a resolution of 0.01 megapixels and took 23 seconds to process a photo.

The Quicksnap – 1986

This disposable camera was developed by Fujifilm to allow anyone to take photos with their single use camera. In the first year of production there was over 1 million Quicksnaps sold.

Kodak DCS SLR – 1991

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Was the first professional digital camera for sale, it was essentially a Nikon F3 SLR camera body with a modified motor drive unit.

Sharp J-Sho4 – 2000

This was the first mobile phone with a built in camera, it was created by Sharp and released by J-Pone. It was only released in Japan in November 2000 with a built in camera of 110,000 pixels and a colour display.

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