Camerapedia was founded at camerapedia.org in 2004 by User:Lbstone. This strictly noncommercial, Mediawiki-based site provided for the generation of a serious independent resource about cameras, camera lenses and accessories. User:Rebollo_fr became the most prolific author, giving the encyclopedia a strong coverage of vintage Japanese cameras and their makers. In 2006 the Flickr group Camerapedia was founded as a high-capacity, high-bandwidth illustration resource for the wiki. Camerapedia.org's server was financed by Lbstone, the image resource space by the Flickr community.
In January 2011 Lbstone had already negotiated the sale of the domain name to Wikia but had not informed other contributors to Camerapedia of this. When he did reveal it, various contributors were not convinced of the benefits to a long-running independent non-commercial project of hosting by Wikia. Wikia made the individual pages of camerapedia.org redirect to the corresponding pages of camerapedia.wikia.com . In the Flickr group's discussion User:Steevithak devised the idea of "forking" the site before its move to Wikia. User:Voxphoto took this up, and both together founded the Flickr group Camera-wiki.org which became a discussion board and new Flickr image resource for Camera-wiki.org, a noncommercial successor of Camerapedia.