Part of the history of Kodak digital cameras involves inventing the
first digital camera in 1975.
This is just one of many firsts that the Kodak Company has experienced
since George Eastman received a patent on his plate-coating machine in
1879. Businessman Henry A. Strong saw the potential in this new and
exciting product and financed Eastman.
Together, Eastman and Strong introduced film in rolls in 1883 and
continued to brainstorm on how they could provide cameras to the
general public instead of just photography professionals.
Finally in 1888, with the roll holder made to fit almost every plate
camera on the market, George presented the Kodak camera that was
pre-loaded with film. The roll of film was good for 100 exposures and
priced at $25.
Eastman wasn't just satisfied to have developed a camera that could be
used by everyone but had a grand plan of mass production at a low cost,
international distribution, and focusing on the customer's needs
through a huge advertising program.
Shareholders were located and in 1901, the Eastman Kodak Company was
formed. Opening a distribution center in London and a manufacturing
facility in Rochester, hundreds of thousands of amateurs were now able
to take their own pictures.
Today there are manufacturing plants in Europe, North and South America
and Asia that provide cameras to every corner of the world.
Many companies soon began manufacturing their own brand of cameras to
get in on this fascinating lucrative product.
There are only five basic elements of a camera beginning with a glass
or plastic piece that collects light and focuses on the image, called
the lens. The body is the housing that holds the camera and the
viewfinder gives the picture taker a clear view of what will be
included in the picture.
A more complex feature on a camera is the diaphragm or aperture that
controls the amount of light that is allowed to enter the lens. The
shutter sets the length of time that the film is exposed to the light
making it possible to freeze moving objects.
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