In many different conditions and capturing superb photos, this Panasonic LUMIX 16 MP camera is made for producing bright and beautiful pictures. It’s also remarkable and versatile. Thanks to its extraordinary 3-inch LCD screen, the Panasonic LUMIX DMC-LZ20 enables you to quickly check recently captured pictures. Furthermore, shoot digital camera comes with ample battery life thus you can use it on the road as this Panasonic LUMIX point. To bring distant objects 21 times closer without losing crisp quality, the 21x optical zoom lens on this Panasonic LUMIX 16 MP camera helps you. You can deliver 11×16 inch photographs of the special events in your life and share them with family and friends, with the large-sized image sensor on the Panasonic LUMIX DMC-LZ20. If you get a camera with a larger number of megapixels, cropping and enlarging won’t adversely affect your picture’s quality. Shooting digital camera and its sophisticated black body, be the envy of your friends with this Panasonic LUMIX point. To capture pictures without having to add to any memory with its 109 MB of integrated storage, this Panasonic LUMIX 16 MP camera makes it easy for you.
So you can select the size of storage available for shooting, the Panasonic LUMIX DMC-LZ20 features a replaceable flash memory card. Taking clear photos thanks to its electronics, intelligence, and user interface, this Panasonic LUMIX point and shoot digital camera makes it easy and convenient. With a body and a 25-525mm lens, this camera kit comes.
Camera Type- Point&Shoot
Optical Zoom- 21x
Sensor Resolution- 16.0.MP
Screen Size- 3”
Sensor Type- CCD
# Other Resolutions- 4608 x 3072, 4608 x 2592, 3648 x 2736, 3456 x 3456, 2560 x 1920, 2560 x 1920, 2048 x 1536, 2048 x 1536, 2048 x 1536, 2048 x 1536, 640 x 480
# Max Resolution- 4608×3456
# Sensor Photo Detectors- 16.4.magapixels
# Image Ratio- 1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9
# Effective Pixels- 16.1 megapixels
# Sensor Type- CCD
# Sensor Size- ½.33”(6.08×4.56 mm)
48.5x EX Optical Zoom
It is possible to offer an extended zoom range by cropping in to the centre part, with such a high resolution sensor on board the LZ20. It is possible to shoot at a 48.5x zoom, when using less than a 3 megapixels area of the image.
About twice the shooting area as a standard 35mm lens is available with the 25mm ultra wide-angle lens. Like when you’re photographing a group of people at an indoor party or shooting a large structure or sweeping landscape while traveling, this enhances all kinds of shooting situations.
The LZ20′s 21x zoom lens is unbranded, perhaps suggesting that it won’t offer the same quality as the lenses on the FZ60 and FZ200. Sacrificing a little telephoto reach when compared to the 24x zooms of the other two cameras, focal lengths range from 25 to 525mm. Running from f/3.1 at wide angle to f/5.8 at telephoto, maximum aperture is less generous across the board, too.
A 21x super zoom camera offering a 25-525mm equivalent lens range, Panasonic has announced the Lumix DMX-LZ20. Limiting its video capabilities to 720p video at 30 frames per second, the camera is based around a 16MP CCD sensor. Panasonic is aiming for the more modestly-priced end of the market combined with a mid-resolution 460k dot rear screen suggest (though prices haven’t yet been announced).
Featuring a powerful 25mm ultra wide angle 21x optical zoom (35mm camera equivalent: 25-525mm) lens with Optical Image Stabilizer, Panasonic today announced the new LUMIX DMC-LZ20. Shooting both high quality photos and video is supported by a 16-megapixel high resolution CCD sensor and advanced image processing LSI.
Using a high zoom setting, blurring caused by a hand movement typically occurs in shooting, however, without deterioration of image quality, the LUMIX LZ20’s Optical Image Stabilizer prevents blur. Furthermore, the image processor produces high quality images even in high sensitivity recording at ISO 1600 and max. ISO 6400 in High Sensitivity mode linking smoothly with the camera’s 16-megapixel high resolution CCD sensor.
The LUMIX LZ20 is equipped with iA (Intelligent Auto) mode, to provide users with the ultimate ease of operation and reduction of error. iA mode lets the camera do all the work so users are free to compose shots, aim and capture the subject, a comprehensive integration of Optical Image Stabilizer, Face Detection, Intelligent Scene Selector and Intelligent Exposure. While removing the unwanted red-eye, Face Detection sets appropriate AF/AE on the face of people in an image. Due to insufficient lighting, backlighting or use of the flash, Intelligent Exposure corrects the brightness in parts of the image that are too dark. Finally, best suiting the shooting situation, Intelligent Scene Selector automatically selects one of six Scene modes – Macro, Portrait, Scenery, Night Portrait, Night Scenery and Sunset. By overlaying pictures shot horizontally or vertically with the Panorama Shot function, the LUMIX LZ20 can also produce a dynamic panoramic image in the camera.
The new LUMIX LZ20 also records dynamic HD video in 1280 x 720p at 30 fps in Motion JPEG, in addition to capturing stunning photographs. Together with HD (High Definition) photos taken in 16:9 aspect ratio, users can enjoy high quality image playback that perfectly fits a wide-screen HDTV for full-screen viewing. Videos can be easily edited and uploaded to YouTube to share with family or friends with the bundled software PHOTOfunSTUDIO 8.2 Lite Edition.
In various lighting circumstances which is excellent for both shooting and playing back images, the LUMIX LZ20’s large, 3.0-inch 460,000-dot LCD assures high visibility. Despite it’s compact size, the camera’s body design offers users a stable, comfortable grip.
Specifications of LZ20
# Max Resolution- 4608×3456
Other resolutions- 4608 x 3072, 4608 x 2592, 3648 x 2736, 3456 x 3456, 2560 x 1920, 2560 x 1920, 2048 x 1536, 2048 x 1536, 2048 x 1536, 2048 x 1536, 640 x 480
# Effective Pixels- 16.1.megapixels
# Image Ratio w:h- 1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 19:9
# Sensor Type- CCD
From new LF series, Panasonic is proud to announce a new digital compact camera LUMIX DMC-LF1– long acclaimed by the photography enthusiasts for its high picture quality and creative descriptiveness, a sister line of the world-renowned LX series. F2.0 LEICA DC VARIO-SUMMICRON lens and 1/1.7-inch large High Sensitivity MOS Sensor in sleek, stylish profile with practical EVF (Electronic View Finder)is incorporated in the new DMC-LF1. Produced by its outstanding quality and performance, the F2.0 fast LEICA DC VARIO-SUMMICRON lens boasts excellent descriptiveness yet achieves 7.1x high optical zoom (35mm camera equivalent: 28-200mm). These features make the camera even more versatile. Even at high sensitivity setting taking advantage of rich amount of light, the 1/1.7-inch large High Sensitivity MOS Sensor and the high performance Venus Engine achieves clear image recording.
The DMC-LF1 features “Touch & Share” in which users can connect the camera to their smartphone/tablet anywhere at one-touch to share a image easily right on the spot, with the Wi-Fi® connectivity with NFC (Near Field Communication) technology. As a multi-capable remote shutter with a monitor, it is also possible to use a smartphone/tablet. Photos are automatically sent to the smartphone/tablet right after shooting, with the new Instant Transfer function. To the registered digital equipment such as PC automatically via the wireless access point (router) at home, on the other hand, both photo and video can be archived.
The DMC-LF1 comes equipped with a variety of manual functionalities, for step-up users who pursue higher expressive performance. Experience advanced photography with ease is helped newly integrated Control Ring and Composition Guide. In DMC-LF1–Creative Panorama, Creative Control and Creative Retouch featuring a total of max.15 attractive filter effects, a variety of special effects that add fun to shooting experience are also integrated.
It comes complete with a built-in electronic viewfinder (EVF) the likes of which we’ve not seen in such a small compact camera before and the Panasonic Lumix LF1 is no ordinary high-spec compact camera.
As the 0.2-inch, 201k-dot panel has been kept small and unobtrusive, as you can tell from our front-on lead picture it’s hard even to notice the EVF in the design. The small size might not please more demanding snappers, while advantageous in terms of minimal design impact. The small finder does feel quite “open” rather than fully connected to the eye – but that’s to be expected at such a scale, as there’s no eyecup or provision to add one.
We love what the LF1′s managed to do, despite some of the EVF’s limitations. The far chunkier Canon PowerShot G15, for example, is not only much larger, its optical viewfinder has a paltry 77 per cent field of view, it’s all about context: compared to the LF1′s 100 per cent (even if the latter is an electronic panel). Offering a built-in EVF, we can’t think of any other small compact. Better still, we were pleasantly surprised with the suggested – but not yet confirmed – £379 price point when we queried the anticipated retail price.
DMC-LF1 records 1,920 x 1,080 60i (NTSC) / 50i (PAL) full-HD video recording in AVCHD / MP4** with high quality stereo sound. The 7.1x optical zoom is also available in video recording. The POWER O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) with Active Mode powerfully suppresses blur even in video recording. In addition to the 0.2-inch 200K-dotpractical EVF, the DMC-LF1 features 3-inch large 920K-dot Intelligent LCD assuring highly visibility in both shooting and image playback.
Advanced in function and more fashionable in design – the DMC-LF1 is for users who wants to get more inspired by photography in their sophisticated lifestyles.
The first in a new line of Raw-shooting enthusiast compacts, Panasonic has announced the Lumix DMC-LF1. Adding an electronic viewfinder, the LF1 marries the sensor from the LX7 to a longer, slower lens. With a 28-200mm equivalent F2.0-5.9 lens, the camera combines a 12MP 1/1.7″ CMOS sensor and for a 202k dot-equivalent electronic viewfinder, finds room. For remote control, it becomes the fifth Panasonic model to offer Wi-Fi and the first in a new line of Raw-shooting enthusiast compacts, wireless communication that can be set up using NFC Panasonic has announced the Lumix DMC-LF1. Adding an electronic viewfinder, the LF1 marries the sensor from the LX7 to a longer, slower lens. With a 28-200mm equivalent F2.0-5.9 lens, the camera combines a 12MP 1/1.7″ CMOS sensor and finds room for a 202k dot-equivalent electronic viewfinder. It becomes the fifth Panasonic model to offer Wi-Fi for remote control and wireless communication that can be set up using NFC.
Still representing a significant step up from most conventional compacts, the LF1 will sit alongside the LX7 and offer fewer direct controls. A larger sensor than most compacts, the LF1 includes an exposure mode dial and function ring around its lens. With the added bonus of a longer zoom and built-in EVF, in a sense it’s a competitor to Canon’s S series and the recent Nikon Coolpix P330. In Panasonic’s lower-end bridge-style super zooms (such as the FZ60), the EVF shares its specifications with the low-resolution, field-sequential LCDs used. About normal for this class, the rear LCD is a 3.0″, 920k dot panel.
If you’re pairing it with a device that supports NFC (Near Field Communication), the LF1 offers the same easy-to-establish Wi-Fi connection as the G6, GF6, ZS30 and TS5. If not, you still gain the ability to remotely control the camera as well as the option to download images from it, you’ll have to manually enter the Wi-Fi details into your device. Into its already modest 250 shot-per-charge battery life, using Wi-Fi extensively will cut. For a recommended price of $499.99, LF1 is available.
A new digital compact camera LUMIX DMC-LF1 from new LF series, Panasonic is proud to announce– by the photography enthusiasts for its high picture quality and creative descriptiveness, a sister line of the world-renowned LX series which have been long acclaimed. In sleek, stylish profile with practical EVF (Electronic View Finder,)the new DMC-LF1 incorporates F2.0 LEICA DC VARIO-SUMMICRON lens and 1/1.7-inch large High Sensitivity MOS Sensor. Making this camera even more versatile, by its outstanding quality and performance, the F2.0 fast LEICA DC VARIO-SUMMICRON lens boasts excellent descriptiveness produced yet achieves 7.1x high optical zoom (35mm camera equivalent: 28-200mm). Even at high sensitivity setting taking advantage of rich amount of light, the 1/1.7-inch large High Sensitivity MOS Sensor and the high performance Venus Engine achieves clear image recording.
The camera has several pros and cons and requirements or features in this piece beside budget will help in making a decision regarding its purchase.
Whether Panasonic would introduce a high-end compact camera like the LX7, but with a larger sensor, a la the Sony RX100, there was a lot of rumour and speculation surrounding.
We wondered if the LF stood for large format, so when the Panasonic Lumix LF1 was unveiled. Well it doesn’t, like the one in the Panasonic LX7 because inside the Panasonic LF1 is a 1/1.7-inch sensor.
Consider the benefits that using a smaller sensor brings, after composing yourself after the disappointing news. Namely, making it a versatile optic suited to a range of subjects, the 7.1x optical zoom focal range, equivalent to 28-200mm (in 35mm terms).
The High Sensitivity MOS sensor is paired with a Venus engine, equipped with 12.1 million pixels, designed to take advantage of its wide sensitivity range.
By its sensitivity range, the Panasonic LF1′s versatility is further enhanced, which is ISO 80-12,800. To blur movement and freeze movement in low light, this enables it to shoot with long shutter speeds. Not only that, thanks to Noise Reduction and Edge Smoothing systems Panasonic promises to offer excellence in low light.
With the Panasonic LF1′s maximum aperture, there’s further good news, which is f/5.9 at the telephoto end and f/2.0 at the widest point of the Leica lens. Offering faster than average shutter speeds in low light, this should enable depth of field to be restricted.
The Panasonic LF1 has a viewfinder, unlike many small compact cameras. The Panasonic LF1 has a 0.2-inch electronic viewfinder (EVF), rather than being a tiny direct finder that might suffer from parallax error. Taking into account the exposure, white balance and colour settings, the benefit of this kind of finder is that it displays the image as it will be captured.
The EVF is joined by a 3-inch, 920k dot TFT LCD display, on the back of the camera. As we’ve seen previously on the Lumix TZ40 or G series of compact system cameras (CSCs), it’s not touch-sensitive though.
Such as aperture priority and shutter priority, are also present, as you would expect from a premium compact camera, full manual control can be taken over shooting parameters, and semi-automatic modes. In raw format, the camera is also capable of capturing images.
The Panasonic LF1 is equipped with both Wi-Fi and NFC, joining a couple of other cameras in the Lumix lineup. Including remote control of the camera via a smartphone or tablet and sharing of images to social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter, this enables a number of things.
On a number of smartphones and tablets, NFC is still a fairly new technology that’s available, but, Apple is yet to bring an NFC-compatible device to the market notable by its absence. You can enjoy the benefits of bypassing laborious Wi-Fi setups, for those who do have an NFC-equipped device, by simply tapping together the two devices to start a connection (well, that’s the theory anyway).
The Panasonic LF1 is capable of recording HD video in full 1080p goodness, like pretty much all modern cameras.
Featuring a bright f/2.0 Leica 7.1x optical zoom lens, 12 megapixel sensor, and rather uniquely for a compact camera, it has a built in electronic viewfinder, the Panasonic Lumix LF1 is the latest “Serious compact” camera from Panasonic.
Panasonic Lumix LF1 Features
You can imagine that this compact camera could be picked up by Leica, for a Leica version, looking at the classic design. Although at the telephoto end this reduces to f/5.9, the lens is impressive with a bright f/2.0 aperture at the wide end. Noticeably smaller than the nearest competitor, the Nikon Coolpix P7700, the camera is quite compact, with a size more similar to the Olympus XZ-10.
To allow setup of Wi-Fi connections with smartphones, Wi-Fi is built in, as well as NFC (Near-Field Communication). So that photos will automatically transfer to the smartphone after shooting, the smartphone can be used as a remote shutter control, or setup for instant transfer. To setup auto backup of photos and video to your computer, or shown on a compatible TV, Wi-Fi can also be used.
- 7.1x optical zoom 28mm wide-angle – 200mm equivalent
- 12.1mp 1/1.7inch MOS sensor
- Optical image stabilisation
- f/2.0-5.9 Leica DC Vario Summicron lens
- 3inch screen
- Control ring and composition guide
- Built in compact EVF with dioptre correction
- P/A/S/M, raw
- ISO80 – ISO12800
- Full HD video with stereo sound (AVCHD)
- Wi-Fi built in
- 10fps continuous shooting
- 3cm macro
- Available in black or white
Panasonic Lumix LF1 Handling
Handling - With manual controls, two custom modes and panoramic shooting, as well as the shutter release surrounded by the zoom control and finally the on/off switch, on the top of the camera is stereo microphones for video, the mode dial.
Giving the whole of the back of the camera an extra feeling of grip, the rear of the camera has a soft touch finish that feels slightly rubberised. Giving very little resistance, unfortunately the same can’t be said for the front with the metal of the camera being smooth, and therefore use of the provided wrist strap is recommended.
To aid composition, the camera has a number of different grid overlays.
So you will want to be as close to it as possible, the electronic viewfinder has dioptre correction which should help those that wear glasses, particularly as the electronic viewfinder is quite small. As there is no built in eye-detection feature, there is a manual switch to switch between the rear screen and the EVF.
Menus – With settings split into four main screens, the menus are well designed and easy to use: record, video, setup and Wi-Fi. The Q. So you don’t always have to go into the menus to change settings, and there are a number of settings available using the rear buttons, menu button gives quick access to settings on the screen. To one of 8 options, the Fn (Function) button can be customised, and the front lens ring can also be customised, or left on default settings – if you are in aperture priority the ring is used to set the aperture, using this the function of the ring changes depending which shooting mode you are in.
Cameras are getting cheaper by the week, it seems, and with wider access to cheaper and better tools, new photographers are popping up everywhere. With a little twist of a dial, or a push of a button, the ordinary photograph you normally would have taken now can be a stunning Black and White image, or a high-contrast picture that shows off your artistic aesthetic.
One of the settings that some people wonder about is the image setting: RAW. What does this mean, and why do RAW images take up so much space? Is it really all that important to take pictures in RAW? Read on, and find out the differences to decide what’s best for your own photographic vision.
What is a RAW Photograph?
A RAW camera image file is a file thatuses data from the sensor that is minimally processed. You know the saying, “what you see is what you get?” This is the philosophy behind RAW images. These images have extremely wide dynamic ranges, so that they are able to capture a great deal more information than a JPEG. You get a wider range of colors, better contrast, and a clearer, sharper image.
It makes sense, then, that RAW images take up much more space on your memory card in your camera than JPEGs. It’s a good idea, if you choose to take RAW photographs that you carry an extra memory card with you, particularly on vacation or on a holiday.
Why Choose a RAW Photograph?
Most photographers will refer to RAW photographs as canvases for work that they plan to do on the image once the image is taken. With a RAW photograph, you have much more data to manipulate, and you can work on any number of post-production software programs to create the image you’re hoping to get. With a RAW photograph, you’ll be able to brighten up an image taken in a dim restaurant, or brighten up the cherry red of someone’s lips, or soften the background in a romantic picture.
Learning to use RAW
To choose a RAW setting on your digital camera is to choose greater artistic license and more options for post-production image tweaking. It’s the way to produce the most professional-looking images from any type of digital camera. When you use a RAW setting on your camera, it’s important to also make sure you have the proper software on your camera to process the RAW image into a JPEG or a TIFF, or another format that online photo albums will support.
With a little bit of practice on color and light balancing, you’ll find that your photos will take on a new, more polished sheen that will have all your friends asking how you accomplished such a professional look. Sometimes it is the camera that makes the difference, but also changing the way your digital camera takes and processes images can be that extra cherry on top of a perfectly good sundae. And an extra red cherry, at that.
While a lot of people are relatively savvy when it comes to understanding the various camera types, not too many are knowledgeable about the type of lenses that are out there. If you are a serious about becoming a photographer, or if would like to learn how to take better pictures, this is something you should definitely learn about. Let’s take a look at the different types of camera lenses and their features.
These are camera lenses that have a relatively long focal length that provide the camera with the ability to magnify on a specific object. As a result, these lenses are highly prominent in the sports industry where magnification is very important.
It is also used quite regularly in the photography of wildlife, since getting close to subjects without disturbing is crucial. Overall, telephoto lenses are used by photographers who want much more control over the picture when they are limited in their depth of field.
These are used when a photographer is trying to capture a wider view in their shots. People love them because it provides you with the ability to capture a wider scene without compromising video quality. This type of lenses is typically used when there is an extreme foreground that the photographer would like to focus on.
The properties associated with this lens allow the person taking the photographs to create a much more interesting perspective as well as develop a dramatic effect. Finally, wide-angle lenses are great for taking pictures of landscapes or buildings. Now, let’s move on to the final type of camera lens that we are going to be talking about in this article.
Zooms lenses can very useful, especially when the target of your choice is located very far away. What makes these lenses different from the first two is that they are completely adjustable. This means that you can switch from a standard viewing mode to a zoomed one and vice versa. All it takes is the click of a button. Automatically, this eliminates the need to lug around a bag full of different kinds of lenses.
One real advantage associated with zoom lenses is that they can provide you with real depth, without compromising on image quality. Here are the three formats that they typically come in:
- § Optical Zoom: Every pixel on the image will contain a different set of data so the overall product is clearer and crisper.
- § Digital Zoom: This is a type of zooms lens that will typically find on cameras that house a fixed lens.
- § Cropping Zoom: Also referred to as “Smart Zoom” this format of zoom lens will allow you record an image in the exact pixel size that it was taken. From there, you can crop or resize it without making any changes in the quality.
As you can see, there are many different types of camera lenses and each one is designed for a different purpose. Ultimately, the one you choose should be based on your level of experience, budget, and what you’re taking photographs of.
These days, there are plenty of ways to find high-quality digital cameras, whether you’re shopping online, or right in your own community. However, if you want a really great deal, you may want to consider buying your next digital camera via the World Wide Web.
To help you understand the benefits of buying a digital camera online, we’ve created a practical quick guide. Once you’ve perused our expert tips and suggestions, you’ll be ready to score the ultimate deal of the digital camera of your dreams.
Buying Online is Easy and Convenient
As long as you choose a reputable camera retailer that operates online, you’ll be assured of a smooth, simple and quick transaction. The best retailers will offer high-quality digital cameras, from basic to deluxe, and they’ll also provide warranties on the merchandise that they sell. For best results, seek out a well-known retailer with a great online reputation.
In addition, look for secure shopping services, great customer service (email queries should be answered within 24 to 48 hours) and money-back guarantee policies. When all of these features are in place, you may shop with true confidence.
Benefits of Shopping at Internet Retailers
The key benefits of shopping for digital cameras online are great selection and affordable prices. Since the World Wide Web offers virtually every digital camera in existence for sale, you’ll enjoy far more selection that you would at a local, community-based digital camera retailer.
In addition, since online retailers typically have lower overhead than community retailers, they are often able to pass on savings to their online clientele. That’s why it’s possible to save big dollars on these products when you shop via the World Wide Web.
The biggest Internet retailers in the world, such as Amazon.com and eBay.com, offer new and used merchandise for sale, and they also feature lots of interesting and informative review information, regarding products, buyers and sellers. By checking out these reviews (and buyer/seller feedback) before making a final decision, you’ll have a better sense of what a particular camera and/or retailer has to offer.
Online Comparison Shopping Will Be a Total Breeze
Since it’s so easy to compare prices, features and retailers online, comparison shopping will be very simple and straightforward. Instead of wasting gas (or pounding the pavement) to compare different models in your own community, you will be able to check out tons of different models, just by clicking your computer mouse or using your smart phone or iPad.
Since most reputable Internet retailers provide a range of product details, along with full-color photographs of digital cameras, comparison shopping online will also be very educational. You may use this comparison shopping phase to decide exactly which features you need, and which ones you don’t need to waste money on.
Features to consider include mega pixel levels, white balance, optical zoom features, and so on. Some people will need all of the bells and whistles, and others won’t.
As you can see, shopping online is probably the best way to get the nicest digital cameras for the lowest prices. So, why not shop for your next digital camera via the Internet?
Appreciating the Extensive History of the Camera
Most people alive today do not truly appreciate the historical value of the device; they may feel as if its history only dates several decades. Studies have confirmed, however, that the concepts and overall science behind the camera dates back several millenniums instead. Understanding the brief timeline of where it began will allow any lover to appreciate these devices even more into the future.
Building the Foundation through Light
Historical studies and experiments that were conducted on optics and light overall built a solid foundation many centuries ago that would later become the building site for future growth in the world of photography. Philosophers from China and Greece were the first ones to start this construction in the 5th century B.C.E. but Isaac Newton was able to take those studies to the next level when he confirmed that white light is actually the combination of multiple colors in 1666. In the 1700s, Johann Schulze picked up where Newton left off through confirming that silver nitrate becomes darkened after it is exposed to light. That is when the production phase of the actual cameras really took off.
Joseph Niepce created the very first image photographically through camera obscura in 1814, but that failed after about eight hours of consistent exposure to light. Alexander Wolcott received the first American patent for a camera in 1840 and the first panoramic one, the Sutton, was patented in 1859. Oliver Wendell Holmes became the inventor of the stereoscope viewer and paper-based photographic film. Eastman Dry Plate Company was established in 1880 and, only 8 years later, patented the first Kodak roll-film device.
The first 35mm photographic camera was created in 1914 and the modern flash bulb was invented by General Electric in 1927. Over the next 20 years, Eastman Kodak marketed Kodachrome film, Kodak negative film and eventually introduced hi-speed Tri-X film. In 1968, history was made when the first picture of the Earth from the perspective of the moon was taken and, 9 years later, both Edwin Land was well as George Eastman were inducted into the prestigious National Inventors Hall of Fame for their years of hard work, innovation and overall contributions to the expanding world of photography.
Joining the Digital Age
The evolution of the camera really took off exponentially in the late 1970s when Konica was able to create the very first autofocus device that could be operated just through pointing and shooting the subject. The first camcorder for consumers was demonstrated by Sony in 1980 and, 4 years later, Canon was able to demonstrate the first digital electronic still unit. The photo CD was patented through Eastman Kodak in 1990 as becoming the first of many storage units for digital media and the world of digital devices and photography has only continued to grow even further over the past 20 years.
There are so many changes, updates and modifications that are currently happening year after year within the world of technology that have directly affected the ever-growing world of photographic equipment. A lot can be learned and appreciated, however, just by taking a trip down memory lane to explore the true history of these amazing, portable devices.