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The first camera was the camera obscura, a device that used a lens or small hole to project an image onto a screen inside the camera. It was invented around 1000 A.D. by the scientist and inventor Alhazen. Modern photographic cameras are descended from the camera obscura.

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The first camera capable of creating a photographic image was invented by Joseph Nicephore Niepce, who first used it in 1827. Niepce inserted a photographic plate into the bottom of a camera obscura. The camera projected a pattern of light and shadow onto the plate that could be developed into an image. The light exposure time for this type of camera was more than 8 hours. About 12 years later, Louis Daguerre reduced the exposure time to 30 minutes.

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