Say cheese! There is no doubt that the invention of digital photography changed our world forever. Even your beloved Facebook and Instagram owe their fame to the humble digital camera.
Today, we are all aspiring photographers. Armed with digital cameras embedded in our smartphones, we take photos of our food, pets, and even ourselves. In celebration of our photographic genius, we explored the rich evolution of digital photography and looked at some of its remarkable benefits.
The First Digital Camera Was a Kodak
Steve Sasson, a pioneering engineer employed by Kodak, invented the first digital camera in 1975. This camera was pretty basic when compared to the incredible megapixels you have in your pocket today. Steve assembled his camera using leftover parts scattered throughout the Kodak factory. Little did he know that he was making history. His camera only managed to capture black-and-white photos with a mere 0.01 megapixels resolution.
Nikon Gave Us the First Consumer Camera
It was only years later, in 1991, that somebody at Nikon realized the average person also would love to have a digital camera.
Nikon designed the Nikon F3, the world’s first actual consumer-ready digital camera. Photographers had an impressive 1.3 megapixels at their disposal. This fancy digital camera was touted to be the perfect companion for photojournalists.
We Shared the First Digital Photo With a Camera Phone
Philippe Kahn, a daring inventor, had the privilege of sharing the first-ever photo taken with the camera phone. He managed to share his photo via the cellular waves with more than 2,000 friends, despite it only being a prototype.
Unfortunately, we didn’t have any clever photography hashtags to use. It was far too early for that. Still, we were heading in the right direction.
We All Became Journalists and Transformed the Media
The most significant impact that digital cameras had on our lives is because of an earthquake. Professional journalists didn’t take the heartwrenching footage of the 2004 earthquake in the Indian Ocean with fancy cameras.
Instead, ordinary, everyday people recorded the tragedy as it unfolded, using their camera phones.
That moment was the turning point, and almost every major event happening in the world would forever be recorded by a person with a smartphone.
It is also no coincidence that Facebook was launched in 2004. Initially, Facebook had a small following, but as smartphones with cameras became ever more mainstream, its user base grew to eclipse the population of some countries.
The End of Kodak’s Traditional Business
Not all things brought to us by the evolution of digital photography were happy and fun. In September of 2013, Kodak’s camera business came to a close.
At this time, Nokia was outselling Kodak with their camera phones. Nobody wanted to buy a camera when you could get a phone and camera all-in-one.
Kodak embraced the digital imaging world and said goodbye to its traditional business.
Digital Is Best
According to an article in Forbes magazine, more than a whopping 657 billion photos are uploaded each day. That number is steadily rising as more and more people discover the joys of digital photography.
The rise of the digital camera and social media has allowed journalists to tell incredibly in-depth stories. The camera also became an essential part of our everyday life.
We don’t need an occasion to capture the moment. From graduations to quality time with friends and family, we can take photos and save them forever.
That is, of course, if you don’t happen to delete that precious photo accidentally.