Where to start? This has got be one of the most rapidly evolving pieces of everyday equipment in our lifetimes! So I’ll start right at the beginning and do a very quick potted history of the camera – which is now 115 years old. Then I’ll write from personal experience about one of the most amazing gadgets known to Man.
1814 – Joseph Niepce achieved the first photographic image using the camera obscura.
1837 – Louise Daguerre introduced the daguerreotype, a fixed image which didn’t fade.
1851 – Frederick Scott Archer invented the introduced the Collodion process which reduced light exposure time to 2 – 3 minutes.
1888 – George Eastman patented the Kodak roll film camera.
1900 – the first mass-produced camera, the Kodak Brownie, went on sale.
1927 – the General Electric Company invented the modern flash bulb.
1948 – Edwin Land launched the Polaroid camera.
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