A Brief History of Digital Photography

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A brief history of the digital camera photography.

A Brief History of Digital Photography

Digital photography has largely replaced film. Unlike film cameras, digital alternatives store the photos on small cards and have liquid crystal displays. Exactly when the first digital models emerged is somewhat debatable, as hardware was gradually introduced and then wrapped into single cameras.

For example, in 1969 the first change-couple device was developed. This was a device that converted images without any chemicals. That was first added not to photo cameras, but video alternatives.

During the 1970s, there were models that did not need any film, which included CCD. However, then they had little impact. In 1981, Sony also introduced their first prototype digital cameras that stored images on floppy disk. These were models that were in some ways similar to the modern-day cameras, but yet did not include any LCDs.

It was not until the 1990s that digital cameras really became a notable alternative to film cameras. The Kodak DCS 100 was perhaps the world's first true digital camera. This was an SLR that had a card format. It had a 200 MB (megabyte) hard disk for photo storage and a 1.3 megapixel resolution.

A first model that included a LCD for photo previews was the QV 10 introduced in 1995. With this camera photos could be previewed and deleted if required. However, it still did not match film cameras' resolutions.

The Casio QV 10 did not have any CompactFlash storage device. The first camera to include the CompactFlash storage was the Kodak DC25. Unlike the Kodak DC20, the DC25 supported external flash storage cards. So the DC25 was also a notable enhancement on earlier models.

Video recording options were another notable addition to digital cameras. Perhaps the first model to include a video recorder was the Ricoh RDC-1, which could record very brief clips. This was a first multimedia camera that had a 3.34 megapixel resolution.
Cameras were also later merged with phones. Among the first mobile to include a digital camera was the J-SH04. This was a mobile that included a somewhat limited camera, with a 0.11 megapixel resolution, for the first time.

Photography software also greatly expanded during the period. One of the first software packages was Adobe Photoshop 1. This software came out in 1990. It was among the first that had image-editing options for digital photos. The Photoshop series was gradually expanded with more advanced packages, which included a greater range of editing options for photographs.

The requirements for photography labs has also greatly diminished with photo printer alternatives. Photo printers were first introduced during the 1990s for photo quality printing. Inkjet photo quality printers replaced them.

As the labs declined, kiosks replaced them. Kodak introduced its first digital photo kiosks during the 1990s. They supported a range of storage cards, which were inserted into the kiosk. The kiosk then processes selected photos from the storage cards.

Famous companies such as Kodak have also declined. In 2012, Kodak went under and left the photo industry. Ironically a company that was influential in the rise of digital cameras closed down largely due its late transition to digital photography!

Digital cameras are now the prevalent model. They have gradually been refined and enhanced with new options and additions such as the LCDs, external flash storage cards, etc. The cameras of today include compact digital (otherwise point-and-shoot), DSLRs, SLRs and bridge models, which have alternative photography options. They give photographers more options and photo flexibility than ever before.

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Cameras, Compact Digitals, Digital Cameras, Digital Photography, Photo Editing, Photography

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