Cameras – Camera History And Facts | Historical Timeline – Invention of The Camera

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Published: April 28, 2010
Updated: August 9, 2010

Description:  Historical timeline of the invention of the camera.  A camera is a lightproof enclosed device with an aperture and shuttered lens used to take photographs of objects.  Analog cameras transfer the photographic image to a photosensitive film or plate recording medium, whereas digital cameras use image sensors that convert optical images to electronic signals.

400’s BC – First Pinhole camera principles documented by Chinese philosopher Mozi.
1011-1021 – First camera obscura was built by the scientist Abu Ali Al-Hasan Ibn al-Haitham, born in Basra (965–1039 AD), Ibn al-Haytham (aka Alhacen, Alhazen) is credited with the invention of the camera obscura and pinhole camera.
1660’s – First large transportable (portable) camera obscura was built by Irish scientist Robert Boyle and his assistant Robert Hooke.
1685 – First portable camera obscura that was small enough for practical use was built by Johann Zahn.
1814 – First photograph taken by Joseph Nicéphore Niépce by coating a pewter plate with bitumen and exposing the plate to light. First permanent photograph was made in 1826.
1856 – First underwater photograph taken by William Thompson using a watertight box.
1871–1880 – First concealed cameras and hidden cameras disguised as pocket watches, hats, or other objects.
1942 – First analog CCTV cameras installed. German engineer Walter Bruch was responsible for the design and installation of the CCTV cameras.
1948 – First one-step instant camera built by Edwin Land (owner of the Polaroid Corporation) called the Land Camera or more commonly known as the Polaroid Land Camera.
1949 – First disposable cardboard camera built by Photo-Pac.
1957 – First self-contained amphibious underwater camera, the Calypso-Phot, built by Jean de Wouters for Jacques-Yves Cousteau.
1960’s – First digital camera signals used in cameras over analog by NASA.
1961 – First “film-less” digital camera concept is credited to Eugene F. Lally.
1975 – First digital camera invented by Steven J. Sasson.
1996 – First IP camera was released in 1996 by Axis Communications.
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7 Responses to “Cameras – Camera History And Facts | Historical Timeline – Invention of The Camera”

    • skilletdogg says:

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  1. hi..yes, cctv is good when guarded wide range of space

  2. michelle says:

    waz up dudes

  3. digital cameras are really great because you can shoot and preview the pictures right away :`~

  4. IP camera says:

    Hi there, anyway, thanks for the info!