Whether it’s snapping a few shots on your iPhone, or working a pro DSLR with interchangeable lenses, the best way to relive your family holidays is through film and photography. We’re all guilty of turning into a total tourist the second we step onto the plane, uploading envy-inducing photos of sunsets and cocktails on Facebook!

Throughout the years, photography has changed dramatically. Who remembers sailing through Greece, snapping 24 photos with a disposable camera? Or even back in the day when all our holidays were captured in black and white – okay, maybe you’re not that old! Welcome to the 21st century, where high quality pics come from smartphones, video cameras fit in the palm of your hand, and apps like Instagram turns any amateur into a pro.

Take a look at how our holiday snaps have evolved over the years – you’ll be surprised at how far we’ve come.


Polaroid: In 1948, the Polaroid camera was invented, sparking the start of instant photography. The Polaroid was the first of its kind to be able to take a photo and develop it in under one minute. These days, Polaroid cameras are still available, and make for a nice retro memento of your happy snaps.

Point-and-shoot: 30 years later, Konica introduce the world’s first point-and-shoot, autofocus camera. Making photography easier than ever before, the camera did all the work for you, allowing tourists to quite literally point and shoot.

Camcorder: In 1980, Sony introduced the first consumer camcorder. The Sony Mavica was able to record images onto a mini disk, which was then playable on a video reader. The photos could then be viewed on TV or printed in colour.

Disposable camera: Although it’s pretty much extinct these days, Fuji’s disposable camera was a hit when it broke onto the market in 1986. We’ve all used one at some time or another. Cheap, light and easy to use, it was the perfect apparatus for those who were worried about their expensive models being broken or stolen.

Camera phone: The first camera phone was released in 2000, blending cutting-edge technology to create a portable phone which could take pictures on the go. Fast forward 13 years later and it’s hard to imagine a life without our trusty smartphone and its mega-pixel camera.

DSLR: While professional photographers had been using high resolution cameras for years, it was in 2005 that the Canon EOS 5D was launched, giving the average person the opportunity to shoot like experts. Featuring a variety of settings, modes and sensors, travelers were able to take hundreds of shots in just a few minutes. While they may be a bit bulkier than the standard camera, a DSLR takes some of the best holiday photos you can imagine.

So, no matter what your plans this summer – whether it’s American, Australian or even Antalya holidays, there’s a camera out there to help you capture that elusive perfect picture. Snap away!

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