Since the creation of the first ever camera, there have been many new types that have not only helped develop the film and TV industry but also the world. In the current day, there are cameras that have been made to cater for almost every single situation, solving many problems. Particularly, the film and TV industry was non existent before the introduction of the first ever camera and is now one of the biggest industries in the world. Therefore without the creation of the camera, the world would not be the same. This means that it could be arguably one of the most influential inventions in (roughly) the last 200 years.

For this task I plan to look at how the first ever camera was different from the ones that are used in today’s world and to research what the future may hold in terms of how the technology may progress and develop.

Types of cameras

The first ever camera was designed in 1685 by Johann Zahn, however the first ever picture wasn’t taken until 1814 by Joseph Nicephore Niepce (WHO INVENTED CAMERA?, 2010)

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(Sophielle, 2012)

There was a space of over 100 years between the two events as it was a completely new technology at the time and was a very difficult process to actually build the camera. Furthermore, there was a wait of about 10 years before there was an actual physical picture as the first few cameras couldn’t save the photo that had been taken. Also the first ever camera was much bigger than the ones that are used in the current day.

When compared to the cameras that are used in the current day, it is safe to say that there is a huge difference. Technology has drastically improved since the first ever camera, resulting in a wide variety of different cameras for different situations in today’s world. Almost all cameras in the modern world are now digital, allowing for many different uses. One of the main cameras that are now used are DSLR cameras. DSLR stands for Digital Single Lens Reflex (Tiffany, 2012) and are often bought due to there high quality and fairly low price. Of my own experience, I feel that DSLR cameras are simple to use and the techniques and skills needed are easy to pick up. So far, I have used several different cameras such as DSLR’s, action cameras, phone cameras and compact point and shoot cameras. 


From the information I found about the first ever camera and the process behind making the physical photo, I think that as technology has improved it has become much easier to use the equipment. I also think that the equipment has adapted over time to cater for the huge variety of situations that a camera might be needed for in today’s world. Almost in every aspect the camera has become a more useful tool for creating sound and visuals. For example, cameras have become dramatically smaller over time, meaning that they can be used for a variety of different reasons as they are now very portable, different from the very first camera.


To conclude I feel that during the 200 years that cameras have been around and functioning order, that the technology used to make them has exceptionally improved. There is a huge difference between the cameras we use in today’s world and the camera that was first produced and working in 1814. This helps me predict that the progression of technology will carry on the way that it is heading and will continue to produce extremely high quality, professional grade cameras for the foreseeable future. If this does happen, the film and TV industry will benefit most, being able to make even higher quality productions.

Research – pros and cons

For this task I did both primary and secondary research. During the process of the task and over the last few weeks, I have learnt that both primary and secondary are necessary when researching a topic. Primary research is a great way of getting trustworthy information and is often better for finding out information as it will give you a better understanding of what is needed. As well as this, the information found is almost always trustworthy as it is found by yourself or another person who has the information and experience with the subject. A disadvantage to primary research is that it can be sometimes difficult to carry out as money or time can be limited. This is when secondary research would be effective. Secondary research is the process of finding information by a recourse, books, internet, blogs etc. Finding the information using this route can be very useful as it often saves time and in some cases, money. However, when using secondary resources it is crucial to be careful about what recourse you use as it has been known that sometimes the information found can be false or simply just made up.


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Tiffany (2012) Beginners photography: What does DSLR stand for? Available at: (Accessed: 14 October 2016).

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Woodford, C. (2016) How do digital cameras work? Available at: (Accessed: 14 October 2016).