The California Museum of Photography's camera collection has grown from the original gift of 2,000 vintage cameras donated by Dr. Robert Bingham in 1973 to a current count of 10,000 cameras, viewing devices, and photographic apparatus. The collection includes encyclopedic collection of Zeiss, Polaroid, Ihagee-Exacta, and Kodak Brownie cameras. Other significant artifacts include a Lewis daguerreian camera, a Simon Wing multi-lens wet-plate camera, a fully functioning Caille Brothers Cail-O-Scope, and a Ponti megalethoscope. This is the most complete and actively used public camera collection in the western states.

Box Cameras
Cameras in Disguise
Digital Cameras
Equipment and Accessories
Field and View Cameras
Folding Cameras
Instant Cameras
Novelty Cameras and Photographica
Panoramic Cameras
Point-and-Shoot Cameras
Rangefinder Cameras
Reflex Cameras
Stereoscopic Cameras
Subminiature Cameras
Three-Color Cameras
Viewers and Projectors
Viewfinder Cameras