- 1 decade agoFavorite Answer
Many would say that George Eastmann invented the camera(roll-film camera) in 1888.( But actually, somebody else made the camera first--that is, first camera that was small and portable enough to be practical for photography was built by Johann Zahn in 1685.)
Some say the first 'camera' was designed before Columbus. It was by simple deduction that an artist noticed a faint image on the opposing wall of a small building where a small hole was in the lighted side of the building. He worked on a lens that could be placed in a similar hole of another building and he noticed that the image on the opposite wall was rather clear, color and all, although upside down. He then proceeded to use oil paints that were in use to paint portaits at the time. He simply mixed the oils to match the colors and painted directly onto the image he was looking at. Todays cameras do the same thing minus the oil paint. Film cameras have replaced the oils with both silver halide salts and dyes. Digital cameras simply use super miniature diodes that are photo etched onto silicone slices (chips)and translates different ranges of the color spectrum into binary or machine language digital code.
Here is more of the camera's complication history of invention:
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 Nic�phore Ni�pce achieves first photographic image with camera obscura - however, the image required eight hours of light exposure and later faded.
1837 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 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 Browning.
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 patent for electric 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 electronic still camera.
1985 Pixar introduces digital imaging processor.
1990 Eastman Kodak announces Photo CD as a digital image storage medium.
- CherylLv 44 years ago
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Nobody knows! The original camera was the camera obscura - a darkended room with a small window that projected an image of the outside world (upside down) on the opposite wall. It was used by artists who made portable ones. It was in use many many years before the photographic camera was produced. The key to when the photographic camera was invented is not the camera at all. The question should be when was the photographic process invented - ie using light to record images on photosensitive chemicals coated on a medium. So the inventor of photography took a pre-existing tool (the camera obscura) and applied it to photosensitive medium. The first person to take a photograph in this way was William Fox Talbot in the 1830's. He is generally regarded as the inventor of photography - but not the camera.
- Anonymous1 decade ago
While there were cameras before, but they had "issues"
with not working well, I am pretty sure it was a guy
named "Kodak" who developed a camera that
solved the problems of film sensitivity to light where
the camera became a reliable gadget.
- SakuraLv 71 decade ago
The earliest documentation of the very first camera (camera obscura) was written in the 5th century BCE by a Chinese philosopher named Mo-Ti.
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- 1 decade ago
An Iraqi scientist named: Ibn Al-Haytham. Then English scientist Robert Boyle and assistant Robert Hooke later invented a portable camera. =]
- Anonymous1 decade ago
I believe Leonardo Da Vinci invented a basic form of one. Before his time, though, i'm sure other people invented things similar to that.
- annisLv 43 years ago
And the same question shows up again
- 1 decade ago
whoever invented it must be the coolest guy ever. end of story.
- chandaLv 43 years ago
That is a tricky question..