History of the First Underwater Camera

History of the First Underwater Camera
Photography has come a long way from its humble beginnings. Underwater photography has become something that anyone can dabble with, thanks to the inventions of those before us.


The first underwater camera was invented by French scientist Louis Boutan. The first published photograph taken with this camera was made in 1893.


The frame size of the first underwater camera was 5 inches by 7 inches. It had an exposure time of 30 minutes, not seconds.


Boutan created a water-tight box for the camera, which exposed one frame per dive. He also invented the underwater flash.


The first underwater camera was a "zero-pressure" instrument with a compressible air bladder, an improved version of which is still used today.

Other Creations

Boutan was also involved in designing early diving equipment.

Article Written By Danielle Odom

Danielle Odom is a freelance writer and ghostwriter with more than 12 years experience. She is a certified medical transcriptionist and is working on a degree as a medical office assistant. As a writer she enjoys learning new things daily and is committed to entertaining and informing everyone that reads her work.

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