Timeline Description: The camera is a treasured possession in today's world. We can capture memories with a simple snap! This timeline follows the invention and development of the camera.
|1727||The discovery that silver nitrate changes
Johann Heinrich Schulz discovered that a substance called silver nitrate would change color when exposed to light. This paved the way for the first pictures to be taken and processed.
|1814||The camera obscura is developed
Joseph Niepce developed the camera obscura and took the first photo with it. It wasn't ideal, though, because it took 8 hours of light exposure to make a picture, and the picture faded with time.
|1837||The Daguerreotype was invented
Louis Daguerre invented a new way to take pictures. It only needed 30 minutes of light exposure, and the image didn't fade with time.
|1841||Making multiple copies possible
William Henry Talbot developed the Calotype process. This made it possible to make multiple copies of the same picture.
|1851||Taking pictures gets easier
With the new Collodion process, cameras only needed a few seconds of light exposure to make a picture.
|1871||Film is made easier to handle
Up until this time pictures had to be developed immediately after being taken. Richard Leach Maddox invented the gelatin dry plate silver bromide process, which made it possible to take a picture and develop it later.
|1888||The invention of the roll-film camera
George Eastman invented the first roll-film camera.
|1948||The Polaroid camera is marketed
The Polaroid allowed people to take a photo and have it developed immediately, right from the camera.
|1963||Colored film is introduced
Polaroid came out with the first colored film.
|1980||The first consumer camcorder is released
Sony put out the first consumer camcorder, allowing people to record their memories in real time.
|1974||The first digital camera is developed
The Sasson Company built the first digital camera.
|1984||The first digital camera is marketed
Canon put out the first digital camera for the public, which was later improved by Pixar.
|1990||The first camera phones (1990's)
The camera phone technology was first used in Japan, but it quickly spread around the world.
|2001||The Easy Share camera comes into play
Kodak put out their Easy Share digital camera, which made it easy to snap pictures and download them to the computer.
|2012||Wireless cameras are developed
Kodak put out cameras that didn't have to be connected to a computer in order to download and share the pictures.