Automatic Cameras and Instant Photographs: Making Way for the Digital Age

From the 1960s through the 1980s, camera manufacturers tried to make photography simpler. Cameras already had high quality film, shutters, lenses, rangefinders, and exposure meters—but now photographers wanted mechanization. From mechanical film releases, to automatic focusing and instant prints, camera technology boomed in the second half of the twentieth century.  The arrival of microprocessors and computers forever changed the world of photography. 

The Evolution of 20th Century Camera Technology from the William B. Cavanaugh Collection