The Camera, Then and Now

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The Camera, Then and Now

1820 Camera ObscurarnEssentially a portable box with a pinhole on one side and a translucent paper on the opposite wall, the Camera Obscura was the forerunner of the modern camera.

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The Camera, Then and Now
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1839 Daguerreotype

1839 DaguerreotypernNamed after Louis Daguerre and his early photographic technique where the image is exposed directly onto a mirror-polished surface of silver bearing a coating of silver halide particles deposited by iodine vapor.

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1839 Daguerreotype
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1889 Eastman Kodak

With his first Kodak, Eastman revolutionized the photography industry by putting the camera in the hands of the amateurs. It came preloaded with enough film for 100 pictures and the user would send the whole camera back to eastman for processing.

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1889 Eastman Kodak
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1900 Brownie

With the Brownie, a simple and very inexpensive box camera that introduced the concept of the snapshot, Eastman took mass-market photography to another level. The 'Box' Brownie was very popular and various models remained on sale until the 1960s.

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1900 Brownie
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1928 RolleiFlex Original

Manufactured by Franke and Heidecke, this small TLR camera called the RolleiFlex Original and was to become the template for all TLR cameras that followed.

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1928 RolleiFlex Original
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1948 Land Camera

American inventor, physicist and founder of the Polaroid Corporation Edwin Land created a revolution in photography with his one-step process for developing and printing photographs via the Land Camera.

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1948 Land Camera
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1963 Kodak Instamatic

The Kodak Instamatic camera, for double film-cartridges and automatic film speed reading comes on the scene with a swing.

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1963 Kodak Instamatic
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1981 Mavica

The Sony mavica recorded images on two-inch floppy disks and played them back on a TV set or Video monitor. The shutter would allow it to freeze frames within the limits set by twin-field interlace making up the complete frame. The Mavica was a single lens reflex with interchangeable lenses.

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1981 Mavica
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1999 Nikon D1

The Nikon D1 SLR, the first with a DSLR design, was a true Nikon pro SLR that just happened to be digital.

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1999 Nikon D1
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2005 Canon EOS 5D

The first consumer-priced full-frame digital SLR, The Canon EOS 5D, sported a full frame sensor and enough resolution to create very high resolution images and balance the speed of the camera and the speed of capture with a burst rate up to 60fps for its JPEG Large capture setting.

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2005 Canon EOS 5D
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2009 Panasonic Lumix GH1

This multiple award-winning Full HD SLR is the first to shoot a standard HD broadcast, Blu-Ray and Digital Cinema format, with a continuous auto focus function, 14.1 Total megapix still image quality and a stereo microphone for high quality audio. So look no further if you're in the market for a high quality camera and camcorder rolled into one.rn

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2009 Panasonic Lumix GH1
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