20 Snappy Facts About Camera & Photography That Are Awesome AF

11Nikon Coolpix S630 digital camera

Nikon Coolpix S630 digital camera was accused of racist face-detection software. When Asian faces were photographed, a message would pop up on the camera screen asking, "Did someone blink?"

12MIT's camera

A team at MIT has created a camera that can capture 1 trillion frames per second, enough to see light travel in slow motion.

13Bernard Waldman

Physicist Bernard Waldman witnessed the bombing of Hiroshima, as a camera operator on the observation aircraft. He was equipped with a special high-speed movie camera with 6 seconds of film to record the blast. Unfortunately, Waldman forgot to open the camera shutter, and no film was exposed.

14Monkey's selfie

In 2011, a crested black macaque pressed a trigger on a wildlife photographer's camera, set up in a jungle for that specific purpose. This incident set off an unusual debate about copyright. In 2016, a federal judge ruled that a monkey cannot own the copyright to the images.

153D cameras

3D cameras aren't a modern thing but have been around since the 1800's and there are loads of 3D World War 1 photos.

16Multiplane camera

Disney studios used a multiplane camera which moves a number of pieces of artwork painted on glass past the camera at various speeds and at various distances from one another to create a three-dimensional effect.

17Rapatronic camera

There was the camera (Rapatronic camera) invented in the 1940's that could take pictures of nuclear bombs milliseconds after detonation.

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18The Mammoth

The world's largest camera, built in 1899 and called The Mammoth, weighed 1,400 pounds and took 15 men to operate. Its pictures were so sharp, people first thought they were fake.


The cameras for the Hobbit film cost around $58,000 each. They had 48 on set. That comes to $2,784,000 worth of cameras.


In 1938, a revolver-camera was invented to take a picture just as the trigger was pulled.


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