The evolution of digital photography has seen constant changes with the advancement of technology. This is indeed progress of artistic expression taking new shapes and forms. Interestingly, there is unending debate among the photographers and critics on whether analog was a better form. Yet, we are trying to know about the early days of its inception and its progress to date.
The Early Days
About 190 years ago, Joseph Nicephore Niepce captured a picture known as the oldest surviving photograph. It is assumed that he captured the picture from his room window in France. However, there is a huge debate upon the same as there are many perceptions regarding its origin. Similarly, in those days, China produced the dark chamber as well. The initial dark chamber was a box with a hole of small diameter in its one side. This dark chamber allowed the light to pass through.
The Beginning Of Digital Era In Photography
The main functionality of the digital camera is that it converts light into Mpeg or jpeg files. It is reported that the first-ever manufacturer of a portable digital camera was Fuji. The name of the model was Fuji DS-1P. However, it was never out in the market for sale. This model used a 2MB SRAM memory card as its storage device. In 1991, Kodak launched its digital camera series that was released for sale. The interesting part of the model is that it used a huge 1.3-megapixel image sensor. Later, Minolta also launched its first cameras with a slight innovation. A few years later, the Nikon D-1 became a massive hit among the photographers. The two probable reasons for its success are the 2.74-megapixel sensor and the budget.
The Present Day
There was a huge market impact in 2002 when the 2-megapixel cameras were sold for less than 100 US dollars. Secondly, with the release of the Ritz Dakota Digital, digital cameras became available at the disposable camera market. As a result, the cost of these cameras reduced to a nominal level. No sooner than that, the reputed camera manufacturing companies declared that they will no longer produce the film cameras. This is how digital cameras outsold film cameras.
The best aspect of the modern-day digital cameras is perhaps the low recurring cost. Adding to this, the users can also reduce or even eliminate the processing cost as well. Apart from digital cameras, smartphone cameras are the most used photographic gadgets today. iPhone and some other reputed mobile companies are innovating the best technology in their cameras. Hence, some of these devices are used for professional purposes as well.
Social Impact Of Digital Cameras
Today, digital photography is within the reach of a larger group of people. For beginners, there are ample resources to learn photography. Also, there are schools and institute to groom enthusiasts and enable them towards this art form. Adding to this, there is a wide range of editing programs and tools available for all. When it comes to professional photographers, each technology is making the photographic experience smoother. The scope for experimentation is getting wider.