Major milestones in camera making history
Photography has been a phenomenon since the 19th century. It was during this period that the first picture was captured. However, since it was early technology, the picture didn’t remain.Only a few years later and the concept of the camera had undergone multiple changes. The man who captured the first picture, Joseph Nicephore Niepce, had been working with Louis Jacques Daguerre to create the daguerreotype: a device that used the reaction between mercury and iodized silver to capture an image.In between multiple modifications to the daguerreotype, Kodak arose as a leading name. With the release of rolled film, and the arrival of the Kodak camera (1888), photography was becoming more open to the general consumer. Kodak’s new invention could take 100 pictures and cost 25. Kodak released the Brownie twelve years later, and allowed photographers to capture life’s random and spontaneous moments (snapshots).The Polaroid Company would increase the chance of a great snapshot. 1948 marked the arrival of the Polaroid Model 95. With the Polaroid, photographers could capture images and receive their pictures instantly.However, one of the biggest milestones in camera history was the first digital camera. The concept had been experimented with years before 1990. Yet it isn’t clear whether any of these products were ever released. Thus the Dycam Model 1 was the first digital camera released on the market. But only nine years later and Nikon produced another digital wonder. The Nikon D1 was a digital single lens reflex camera and had 2.74 megapixels. While digital cameras had always been impressive, these two additions meant the digital world had gone professional.Now consumers have a range of digital cameras to choose from. Alongside the multiple digital cameras on the market, there are cameras on our phones and our computers. At times, it’s hard not to ask, what would those early inventors think of photography now?