1889 Eastman Kodak
With his first Kodak, Eastman revolutionizedthe photography industry by putting the camerain the hands of the amateurs. It came preloadedwith enough film for 100 pictures and the user would send the whole camera back to eastmanfor processing.
The first camera to combine the takingand viewing of photographs in the sameinstrument, the Kombi was the firstminiature roll film camera and the first touse film manufactured by Kodak solelyfor use in a non-Kodak camera.
With the Brownie, a simple and veryinexpensive box camera that introduced theconcept of the snapshot, Eastman took mass-market photography to another level. The 'Box'Brownie was very popular and various modelsremained on sale until the 1960s.
The first use of the modern 24x36mmframe came courtesy of Oscar Barnack,employed by German microscopemanufacturer Leitz. The camera usedsprocketed 35mm movie film and was put into production as the Leica,standing for Leitz Camera.