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The History of Camera can be start from ancient time as the Greek philosopher Aristotle (384 to 322 BCE) understood the optical principle of the pinhole camera and then later it be used for drawing and study purpose.

source : Camera obscura
Aprx in 1816 the first fixed Photograph was made by Nicéphore Niépce  in 1826, he used a sliding wooden box camera made by Charles and Vincent Chevalier in Paris, France, soon effaced by further experiments with bitumen and exposing the plate in this camera.
The first photographic camera developed for commercial manufacture was a daguerreotype camera, built by Alphonse Giroux. Giroux signed a contract with Daguerre and Isidore Niépce to produce the cameras in France,which each device and accessories costing 400 francs. The camera was a double-box design, with a landscape lens fitted to the outer box, and a holder for a ground glass focusing screen and image plate on the inner box. By sliding the inner box, objects at various distances could be brought to as sharp a focus as desired.

The early daguerreotype cameras required long exposure times, which in 1839 could be from 5 to 30 minutes

Collodion dry plates had been available since 1855, thanks to the work of Désiré van Monckhoven, but it was not until the invention of the gelatin dry plate in 1871 by Richard Leach Maddox that they rivaled wet plates in speed and quality. Also, for the first time, cameras could be made small enough to be hand-held, or even concealed.

Birth of Kodak
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. It was a very simple box camera with a fixed-focus lens and single shutter speed, which along with its relatively low price appealed to the average consumer. The Kodak came pre-loaded with enough film for 100 exposures and needed to be sent back to the factory for processing and reloading when the roll was finished. By the end of the 19th century Eastman had expanded his lineup to several models including both box and folding cameras.
In 1900, Eastman took mass-market photography one step further with the Brownie, a simple and very inexpensive box camera that introduced the concept of the snapshot. The Brownie was extremely popular and various models remained on sale until the 1960s.
Film also allowed the movie camera to develop from an expensive toy to a practical commercial tool.
Despite the advances in low-cost photography made possible by Eastman, plate cameras still offered higher-quality prints and remained popular well into the 20th century. To compete with rollfilm cameras, which offered a larger number of exposures per loading, many inexpensive plate cameras from this era were equipped with magazines to hold several plates at once. Special backs for plate cameras allowing them to use film packs or rollfilm were also available, as were backs that enabled rollfilm cameras to use plates.
Except for a few special types such as Schmidt cameras, most professional astrographs continued to use plates until the end of the 20th century when electronic photography replaced them.
35mm story

Oskar Barnack, who was in charge of research and development at Leitz, decided to investigate using 35 mm cine film for still cameras while attempting to build a compact camera capable of making high-quality enlargements. He built his prototype 35 mm camera (Ur-Leica) around 1913, though further development was delayed for several years by World War I. Leitz test-marketed the design between 1923 and 1924, receiving enough positive feedback that the camera was put into production as the
Leica I (for Leitz camera) in 1925. The Leica's immediate popularity spawned a number of competitors, most notably the Contax (introduced in 1932), and cemented the position of 35 mm as the format of choice for high-end compact cameras.
Kodak got into the market with the

Retina I in 1934, which introduced the 135 cartridge used in all modern 35 mm cameras. Although the Retina was comparatively inexpensive, 35 mm cameras were still out of reach for most people and rollfilm remained the format of choice for mass-market cameras. This changed in 1936 with the introduction of the inexpensive Argus A and to an even greater extent in 1939 with the arrival of the immensely popular

Argus C3. Although the cheapest cameras still used rollfilm, 35 mm film had come to dominate the market by the time the C3 was discontinued in 1966.
The fledgling Japanese camera industry began to take off in 1936 with the Canon 35 mm rangefinder, an improved version of the 1933 Kwanon prototype. Japanese cameras would begin to become popular in the West after Korean War veterans and soldiers stationed in Japan brought them back to the United States and elsewhere
TLRs and SLRs

The first practical reflex camera was the Franke & Heidecke Rolleiflex medium format TLR of 1928. Though both single- and twin-lens reflex cameras had been available for decades, they were too bulky to achieve much popularity. The Rolleiflex, however, was sufficiently compact to achieve widespread popularity and the medium-format TLR design became popular for both high- and low-end cameras.
A similar revolution in SLR design began in 1933 with the introduction of the Ihagee Exakta, a compact SLR which used 127 rollfilm. This was followed three years later by the first Western SLR to use 35mm film, the Kine Exakta (World's first true 35mm SLR was Soviet "Sport" camera, marketed several months before Kine Exakta, though "Sport" used its own film cartridge). The 35mm SLR design gained immediate popularity and there was an explosion of new models and innovative features after World War II. There were also a few 35mm TLRs, the best-known of which was the Contaflex of 1935, but for the most part these met with little success.
 A historic camera: the Contax S of 1949 — the first pentaprism SLR
The first major post-war SLR innovation was the eye-level viewfinder, which first appeared on the Hungarian Duflex in 1947 and was refined in 1948 with the Contax S, the first camera to use a pentaprism. Prior to this, all SLRs were equipped with waist-level focusing screens. The Duflex was also the first SLR with an instant-return mirror, which prevented the viewfinder from being blacked out after each exposure. This same time period also saw the introduction of the Hasselblad 1600F, which set the standard for medium format SLRs for decades.

in 1952 the Asahi Optical Company (which later became well known for its Pentax cameras) introduced the first Japanese SLR using 35mm film, the Asahiflex.
Several other Japanese camera makers also entered the SLR market in the 1950s, including Canon, Yashica, and Nikon.

Instant Camera or Polaoid Camera

While conventional cameras were becoming more refined and sophisticated, an entirely new type of camera appeared on the market in 1948. This was the Polaroid Model 95, the world's first viable instant-picture camera. Known as a Land Camera after its inventor, Edwin Land, the Model 95 used a patented chemical process to produce finished positive prints from the exposed negatives in under a minute. The Land Camera caught on despite its relatively high price and the Polaroid lineup had expanded to dozens of models by the 1960s. The first Polaroid camera aimed at the popular market, the Model 20 Swinger of 1965, was a huge success and remains one of the top-selling cameras of all time.

The first camera to feature automatic exposure was the selenium light meter-equipped, fully automatic Super Kodak Six-20 pack of 1938, but its extremely high price (for the time) of $225 (3770 in present terms) kept it from achieving any degree of success. By the 1960s, however, low-cost electronic components were commonplace and cameras equipped with light meters and automatic exposure systems became increasingly widespread.
The next technological advance came in 1960, when the German Mec 16 SB subminiature became the first camera to place the light meter behind the lens for more accurate metering. However, through-the-lens metering ultimately became a feature more commonly found on SLRs than other types of camera; the first SLR equipped with a TTL system was the Topcon RE Super of 1962.
Digital Camera

digital camera do not uses films to capture and save images but uses memory cards.now a days also equipped with Wi-Fi.also known as Digi Cam.
they are
Compact Digital Camera
Bridge Camera
Mirrorless Interchangeble Lens Camera
Modular Camera
Digital Single Lens Reflex Camera
Digital Single Lens Translucent  Camera
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read full article http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digital_camera

see this full infographics on Revolution of Cameras

Some yearly Facts by
  • 5th-4th Centuries B.C.
    Chinese and Greek philosophers describe the basic principles of optics and the camera.
  • 1664-1666
    Isaac Newton discovers that white light is composed of different colors.
  • 1727
    Johann Heinrich Schulze discovered that silver nitrate darkened upon exposure to light.
  • 1794
    First Panorama opens, the forerunner of the movie house invented by Robert Barker.
  • 1814
    Joseph Niepce achieves first photographic image with camera obscura - however, the image required eight hours of light exposure and later faded.
  • 1837
    Louis Daguerre's first daguerreotype - the first image that was fixed and did not fade and needed under thirty minutes of light exposure.
  • 1840
    First American patent issued in photography to Alexander Wolcott for his camera.
  • 1841
    William Henry Talbot patents the Calotype process - the first negative-positive process making possible the first multiple copies.
  • 1843
    First advertisement with a photograph made in Philadelphia.
  • 1851
    Frederick Scott Archer invented the Collodion process - images required only two or three seconds of light exposure.
  • 1859
    Panoramic camera patented - the Sutton.
  • 1861
    Oliver Wendell Holmes invents stereoscope viewer.
  • 1865
    Photographs and photographic negatives are added to protected works under copyright.
  • 1871
    Richard Leach Maddox invented the gelatin dry plate silver bromide process - negatives no longer had to be developed immediately.
  • 1880
    Eastman Dry Plate Company founded.
  • 1884
    George Eastman invents flexible, paper-based photographic film.
  • 1888
    Eastman patents Kodak roll-film camera.
  • 1898
    Reverend Hannibal Goodwin patents celluloid photographic film.
  • 1900
    First mass-marketed camera—the Brownie.
  • 1913/1914
    First 35mm still camera developed.
  • 1927
    General Electric invents the modern flash bulb.
  • 1932
    First light meter with photoelectric cell introduced.
  • 1935
    Eastman Kodak markets Kodachrome film.
  • 1941
    Eastman Kodak introduces Kodacolor negative film.
  • 1942
    Chester Carlson receives pate photography (xerography).
  • 1948
    Edwin Land markets the Polaroid camera.
  • 1954
    Eastman Kodak introduces high speed Tri-X film.
  • 1960
    EG&G develops extreme depth underwater camera for U.S. Navy.
  • 1963
    Polaroid introduces instant color film.
  • 1968
    Photograph of the Earth from the moon.
  • 1973
    Polaroid introduces one-step instant photography with the SX-70 camera.
  • 1977
    George Eastman and Edwin Land inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame.
  • 1978
    Konica introduces first point-and-shoot, autofocus camera.
  • 1980
    Sony demonstrates first consumer camcorder.
  • 1984
    Canon demonstrates first digital electronic still camera.
  • 1985
    Pixar introduces digital imaging processor.
  • 1990
    Eastman Kodak announces Photo CD as a digital image storage medium.


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