Beautiful Poster Shows How We Got to the Cameras We Use Today


If you’ve ever wanted a visual history of photographic cameras, this poster by Retrofuturismo-Kitsch, should suit your needs. Taking a look as far back as basic camera obscuras and all the way up to the Sony Mavica, this graphic pulls out some of the most iconic – and unusual – cameras to ever hit the market.

The full infographic can be seen below, but to get a complete view of it, in its full-sized glory, you can head on over to It’s available for download at it’s original resolution, so you could get upwards of a 20”x28” print out of it, at 300ppi, from my rough estimate. Go check it out, give it a download, and get this bad boy – or girl, I’m not an infographic anatomist – hung up on your wall.


  • Guest

    I like this.

  • jaakewilson

    they should continue this!

  • joshc

    They forgot to include the iPhone.

  • Metasepia the second

    just a fancy ps work

  • GuilhermeMendes

    actually it might have been made in illustrator

  • Jovell

    Shoutout to the Sony Mavica and my pops buying one for eBay photos when I was 8. Floppy Disks 4 Lyfe.

  • greenarcher02

    or any digital camera for that matter…

  • Burnin Biomass

    Cool poster. I would have liked to see a Univex Mercury in the mix. No paticular reason other than I like the Mercurys.

  • Earl Von Tapia

    I hate to be that obnoxious Pentax fanboy, but I feel there should be at least ONE Asahi Pentax camera on there somewhere.

    Other than that, nice poster. It’s great that it’s available in high-res for free. It would make a nice large printout for sure.

  • Rob Fords Dealer

    I was so drunk this morning I peed on the couch & took a dump on the kitchen table!

  • Gannon Burgett

    It’s only analog cameras, in case you didn’t catch on.

    Edit: As noted by Mark Cage, below, I’m an idiot and failed to point out that the last camera in the infographic, the Sony Mavica, is indeed digital.

  • Gannon Burgett

    So is every other infographic in the history of the computer age.

  • Gannon Burgett

    It’s good to know Ford’s dealer is at least on par with his shenanigans.

  • Dino Traite

    They missed the ‘D’ in the first Polaroid Land Camera (95) And then misspelled the SX-70 by saying ‘XS-70′

  • Antonio Bunt

    There should be one about cinema cameras!

  • ManCave

    Camera design didn’t stop in 1981? You can’t have a chart like that (it is excellent BTW) without reference to the biggest change in camera’s ever (arguably) Digital??

  • Rob Fords Dealer

    Robbie has been in rehab these past few days which is actual my parent’s basement! He’s off the crack but he’s hard on the H doing snooters off hooker’s boobs! Been a wild week of “rehab”.

  • Gannon Burgett

    Maybe they’re working on that one next.

  • Gannon Burgett

    Nice! Tell your mother I said hello! I’m sure that Black Tar H is treating him well. Be sure to send Robbie my regards.

  • Mark Cage Mk II

    actually the last 1 is digital, the sony mavica

  • Gannon Burgett

    I meant to say that all but one is analogue, but my brain had a moment and I said all of them (I’ll blame the fact I was in the middle of writing the next PP article. Haha). Thank you for the correction, sir!

  • gnbs

    …like, hmm, Mavica?

  • bozso

    They forgot the first eye-level single reflex camera (the hungarian Duflex)

  • TylerIngram

    I still have a couple of those camera bodies, including one not pictured that I can only say it came out roughy in 1880-1890s.

  • Shawn Niebruegge

    the 1981 mavica is not digital

  • Brad Maestas

    Where’s the M3?

  • Adrian Tavano Photos

    The 1962 one is just like my Mamiya 6×7 :)

  • moxymedia

    Why stop in the 80s?

  • Austin Troth

    cameras did stop in 1981, none have been released since.

  • greenarcher02

    is it really a digital sensor? I thought it wasn’t… in any case, the modern digital ones aren’t there.

  • CDNChaoZ

    Definitely needs another few rows to flesh out the latter half of the 20th century.
    Stuff like the Pentax K1000 (or Spotmatic), the Canon AE-1, Olympus OM-1. Heck, it doesn’t even have the Leica M3, any Voigtlander or Zeiss Ikon, or even the Holga/Diana.

  • selfhelp69 .

    Analog glass screw the I-phone…..

  • Duncan Waldron

    The original Mavica (1982?) was an analogue camera, recording on to compact cassette, IIRC.

  • Duncan Waldron

    Correction: it was probably a 3½-inch floppy; I think the first Kodak attempt at an electronic camera (1976) used tape, but never got out of the lab.

  • Johnson

    What is X Century A.C.? I assume it was meant to be B.C./BCE?

  • snaphappychick

    Seriously?!?!? It’s the Polaroid SX-70, not XS-70. Super attention to detail.