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    Timelines – Digital Photography

    Inception – Development of Digital Sensor (1969): The foundation of digital photography was laid when Willard S. Boyle and George E. Smith of Bell Laboratories invented the charge-coupled device (CCD). The CCD could store and move electrical charges, effectively gathering and transferring data. In the context of photography, it marked the beginning of converting light into digital information.

    First Digital Camera – The Creation of the Steven Sasson’s Camera (1975): This milestone was marked by the Eastman Kodak engineer Steven Sasson creating the first-ever digital camera. Based on the CCD, the camera weighed 8 lbs, recorded black-and-white images to a cassette tape, and had a resolution of 0.01 megapixels.

    Commercialization – Appearance of Digital Cameras in the Market (1981): Sony revolutionized the imaging industry by introducing the first commercially available digital camera, the Sony Mavica. However, it was a filmless camera, and it saw only limited success.

    First Fully Digital Camera – The Advent of Kodak DCS (1991): The Kodak Professional Digital Camera System (DCS), the first fully digital Single Lens Reflex (DSLR) camera, came into existence in 1991. Despite being bulky and quite expensive, it symbolized a huge leap in the digital photography industry.

    Mass Market Emergence – Affordable Digital Cameras (1995): Apple’s QuickTake 100, one of the first consumer digital camera lines, made digital cameras accessible to the mass market. Its simplicity and reduced cost compared to professional models allowed hobbyists and average consumers to engage in digital photography.

    Integration with Mobile Phones – Birth of Camera Phones (2000): The early years of the 21st century marked the integration of digital cameras with mobile phones. The “J-SH04,” a mobile phone made by Sharp Corporation, was the first to include a built-in digital camera, thus birthing the camera phone era.

    Image Sharing and Social Media – Advent of Instagram (2010): Digital images became much more than personal memories with the advent of Instagram. This photo and video-sharing social networking service allowed users to share their digital images, spawning a culture of image-sharing that has massively influenced modern digital photography.

    Rise of Smartphone Photography (2012 to today): Over time, smartphone manufacturers have placed a strong emphasis on camera quality and features, thrusting smartphones to the forefront as the popular choice for digital photography. Innovations in mobile camera technologies like dual-lens cameras, optical zoom, and advanced manual settings have led to an explosion of smartphone photography.