World's First Commercially Produced Camera to Fetch $1,000,000 at Auction
We all know that guy who always has to have the latest tech. He's got a new camera every few months, a new car every year and he's already preordered the iPad. Having the very newest is a tough game to keep up with. How about really sticking it to him by owning the world's first?
The Giroux Daguerreotype doesn't have auto focus or changeable lenses. You can't sync it with your computer and is sure doesn't do HD video. Of course, it was made in 1839, so I suppose we can forgive it the lack of features.
This was the very first camera ever to be mass produced and sold commercially. It's got a double box body, which means that focus is achieved by sliding a smaller box away from a larger box. It takes pictures in as little as three minutes, though exposure time maxes out at around thirty minutes.
The camera being auctioned off at the WestLicht Photographica Auction in Vienna is in surprisingly excellent condition, and even comes with the original twenty-four page manual.
If you want a chance to shoot some photos with an amazing antique camera but don't have the million dollars this is expected to draw, you're in luck. The manual, as well as the original blueprints, will soon be translated into English made available to the public.