Evolution of camera snaps into play


With an increasingly amount of technology [cameras] being invented, many do not realize that the era of invention was already about 200 years ago.

While the first thing closely related to a camera called obscura (pinhole camera), was in about 200 BC, the first real camera able to take photographs was in 1827.

A man by the name of Joseph Nicephore Niepce, had taken the first ever photograph using his own version of an obscura according cool.conservation-us.org. He created sun prints by coating a metal plate with bitumen (a liquid binder), then placed an engraving over it. When the sun shined on the engraving, the shadow parts blocked the light. The bitumen that was exposed would react to the light creating images.

It was not until 1888 when film was invented. A man named George Eastman had worked with paper film before changing celluloid. He invented his first camera called Kodak, it was offered for sale in 1888, according to biography.com.

As time passed, more improvements were added to the camera. In 1972, Texas Instruments, had succeeded in making a filmless handheld camera.

The closest thing to a digital camera was called the Sony Mavica, and was sold in 1981, according to sony.net. Although it was digital, the camera only took still images, not a true digital camera.

On June 29, 2007, the iPhone was released. With the iPhone’s portable use and its built in camera, it allowed for a quick snap anywhere on the go.

With this competition, hand-held cameras started improving. Companies such as Nikon, Canon, Sony and FujiFilm have upgraded their cameras, making them smaller, lighter, more efficient and crisper shots.

In the future, these companies plan to keep upgrading their products to match their competition.