How many of you know the history of the camera? Below are 10 fun facts* about cameras... can you imagine what the inventor of the camera would think of today’s variety of cameras?!
- An Arab physicist, Ibn al-Haytham, published his Book of Optics in 1021 AD. He created the first pinhole camera after observing how light traveled through a window shutter
- The earliest cameras were room-sized, with space for one or more people inside
- The first camera that was small and portable enough to be practical for photography was envisioned by Johann Zahn in 1685, however The first photograph was clicked by Joseph Nicephore Niepce in the year 1814. Sadly, there was no way to save the image.
- The first partially successful photograph of a camera image was made in approximately 1816 by Nicephore Niepce, using a very small camera of his own making and a piece of paper coated with silver chloride, which darkened where it was exposed to light. This too would eventually darken and the picture would be lost.
- View from the Window at Le Gras is a heliographic image and the oldest surviving camera photograph. It was created by Nicephore Niepce in 1826 or 1827 at Saint-Loup-de-Varennes, France, and shows parts of the buildings and surrounding countryside of his estate, Le Gras, as seen from a high window.
- The use of photographic film was pioneered by George Eastman, who started manufacturing paper film in 1885 before switching to celluloid in 1889. His first camera, which he called the "Kodak,"was first offered for sale in 1888.
- A number of manufacturers started to use 35mm film for still photography between 1905 and 1913. The first 35mm cameras available to the public, and reaching significant numbers in sales was in 1913.
- The first TLR camera came out in 1928. The first SLR camera debuted in 1933 and instant cameras hit the market in 1944.
- The first digital camera ever sold was in 1987.
- In 1991, Kodak brought to market the Kodak DCS (Kodak Digital Camera System), the beginning of a long line of professional Kodak DCS SLR cameras that were based in part on film bodies, often Nikons. It used a 1.3 megapixel sensor, had a bulky external digital storage system and was priced at $13,000.
**Facts and Pictures provided by wikipedia**
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