Here it finally is. The camera page. To the left and above you will find the navigation menu. For your convenience I have assorted the cameras alphabetically and chronologically. I am not going to include cameras that served a special purpose, for instance, microscope cameras, industrial cameras, machine vision cameras, modular scientific cameras, scanners, digitizers and such. This would not only be impossible to cover but also blow this site out of proportions! Exceptions will be shown however.
The label first mentioned refers to the year in which the camera was either announced or unveilied to the public. Why not the year it was manufactured? Easy. It takes time to design, develop, budget, manufacture and field test a digital camera. From a flip chart drawing to a finished product it's a long haul. These stages of development took months, sometimes years.
So, a digital camera announced in 1997 could for instance have been built in 1996. Who can tell? I can't. Neither can you, nor anyone else not involved in the R&D process. When I absolutely cannot determine the year in which the camera was built, I use either the year in which the camera was announced by a press release or, if not available, the year in which the camera was unveiled to the public. This is the only way to properly label a camera with a certain year.
(Please note that this specific site is work in progress and cameras will be added over time!)