History of the Digital Camera

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The History of the Digital Camera

Images are already part of our everyday life. From newspapers delivered to us every morning to countless billboards we encounter on our way home, cameras have been so useful since its invention. After the creation of the very first pinhole camera in 1500, countless of improvements and modifications have been made which led to the creation of what we know now as the most modern version, the digital camera.

It wasn’t until the late 1830s when the Daguerreotype Camera was invented – three centuries after the creation of the first camera. This is the first commercially available camera which was contained in a sliding box. Each daguerreotype casts an image to a silver copper plate, making a detailed and sharp photo. Today, this accounts for the most expensive camera ever invented.
There were other cameras invented after the daguerreotype which all came very similar to it – they are rather big and heavy. But, the innovation of the camera became an instant hit when George Eastman invented roll films which gave birth to portable cameras in the 1880s. He was the very first to manufacture and use photographic films which had variations later on. He, of course, had his own version of box camera with a fixed focus lens and a single shutter speed. This was known as the Kodak camera.

It has been a long dominance of Kodak and Eastman’s various camera inventions that it wasn’t until the 1930s when there was an introduction of another type of camera – the reflex camera. Believe it or not, single reflex cameras date back as early as the 1930s. This type of camera uses a mirror and a prism to see and locate the image or the subject accurately. And in 1948, they have discovered the art of instant image production, thanks to the invention of Polaroid cameras. This type of camera allowed them to print from the negatives in just one minute.
The biggest innovation in the camera industry happened in 1969 when imaging technology using a digital sensor was introduced by Willard S. Boyle and George E. Smith. This was the very first account of digital photography, but it wasn’t until 2009 when they were both awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics. Traditional or film cameras were still very famous during the late 1990s and early 2000s. But only then after four decades since its first invention that digital photography has dominated the industry and paved the way for the production of countless digital cameras. Today, there are various types of digital cameras available on the market – from DSLRs to compact digital cameras.

Digital photography is yet the most modern and most favored type of photography. With the introduction of modern gadgets and computers to what we call as digital world, there is a need to upgrade and cope with modernization. Digital cameras gave us the opportunity to unlimitedly take photos and store them in our computers fast and easy – a thing that traditional cameras can’t offer. It is no doubt that digital cameras are better than traditional cameras. That is a profound truth!

 

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