An overview on how cameras evolved in a detailed timeline, from camera obscura to camera phone.
Camera Obscura, the first pinhole camera was invented by Ibn Al-Haytham. It is a box with a small hole in it, through which light travels and strikes a reflective surface to project an image in colour, upside down. The camera obscura was originally used to observe solar events and in drawing architecture.
The Daguerreotype Camera by Louis Daguerre is one of the world’s most expensive cameras.
The development of images on paper was made possible by the invention of the camera by Alexander. The earliest photography shop, daguerran parlour was opened in New York by Mr. Wolcott.
The panoramic camera
Stereoscope viewer was invented by Oliver Wendell Holmes.
George Eastman, a pioneer in photographic films usage, patented Kodak roll-film camera.
The Kodak Brownie Camera by Eastman.
The most desirable travel camera for landscape photographers, Raisecamera, was invented.
Candid camera, the first 35mm still camera by Oskar Barnack.
Edwin Land invented the Polaroid camera which could take a picture and print it in about one minute was invented by Edwin Land.
Underwater camera for U.S. Navy by EG&G.
First autofocus camera Konica C35 AF by Konica.
Sony Mavica – The world’s first digital electronic still camera.
The disposable camera introduced by Fuji (also called single use cameras).
Kodak released the first professional digital camera system (DCS) which was widely used by photojournalists.
The first digital cameras that worked with a home computer via a serial cable were the Apple QuickTake 100 camera (1994), the Kodak DC40 camera (1995), the Casio QV-11 with LCD screen (1995) and Sony’s Cyber-Shot Digital Still Camera (1996).
The world’s first camera phone.
The canon EOS 5D is launched.