The first digital camera was invented in the ’70s, but it wasn’t until the ’90s that we began to see the mass market use of them. Like any new technology, there were many problems, from photo quality to storage issues and price. Since then, there have been massive improvements in digital photography in all areas, making them accessible for even the largest technophobe. Here are some ways cameras have improved since the ’90s.
When digital cameras became available to the mass market, it was nice not to have to deal with film anymore. Gone were the days of accidental exposure, only 24-48 photos per roll, and dropping film off at the big box store for development. However, photos were often not developed and put into albums, instead, they were left on the various storage devices that came with cameras in the 90s. Devices like floppy disks, mini CDs, and the camera itself. With all of those different storage devices came the dilemma of how to get all of those pictures off of the camera and into a shareable format. It usually required many steps and lots of software. In the end, many people left their photos on their cameras and their cameras in their closets. Now, the technology to get photos off of anything from a DSLR to a cell phone is as easy as uploading them to the cloud or various social media sites. Once there, they can be sent to a printing service or made into an album. There are many apps and websites to help with photo storage and printing, and all from the comfort of your home.
Most digital cameras of the ’90s had minimal photo resolution. To give you an example, a really nice digital camera from the ’90s might have a 512 x 480 pixel resolution. Today’s latest cell phones have 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution or better. The first will allow you to print a 4 x 6 photo, but the last will allow you to print as large as a 16 x 20 photo. Most everybody’s point and shoot is their cell phone these days, but many people have large Digital Single Lens Reflex cameras (DSLR). The lenses can be switched for wide-angle or zoom lenses. They take high-quality photos in almost all lighting situations, and they allow the photographer to do all sorts of tricks that aren’t possible with a regular point and shoot camera or cell phone.
Camera manufacturers carry several lines of digital cameras to accommodate many different situations and price points. In the ’90s, there were several types of cameras, but they were generally the same. They were somewhat fragile, they took relatively the same quality photos, and the quality of the photos was still worse than a decent film camera. Today, no matter what hobby you’re into, there’s a camera that fits your needs.
If you are looking to beef up the security in your home or office, you might consider a rugged outdoor camera. Many of them now shoot 24/7 on closed-circuit systems, and they have 1080p quality. That means the picture quality is as clear as a new flat screen television. If you love the outdoors and adventuring, then you should consider getting a camera that’s waterproof, drop proof, and easy to carry on a hike. If you travel a lot, a mini point and shoot that will fit into your pocket and your budget might buy what you need. If you’re looking to take top quality photos of an event or landscape then you might like a professional level DSLR camera. The camera on your phone is sometimes the best camera because it’s the one you have with you.
Digital cameras were a great improvement over film cameras simply because you could take pictures and not worry about using all of your film. However, with all those pictures came the problem of getting them off of your camera and storing or printing them, which was often a clunky process. We have come a long, long way since then. Now, you don’t even have to get that photobook finished on your own. There are softwares and apps to help you with that as well.