DISC CAMERAS


DISC film cameras, introduced by Kodak in 1982, have not been sold since 1989.  It was a film format destined from the beginning to be a disaster.  The image size on disc cameras was 8.2mm x 10.6mm -- similar to the Minox format of 9mmx11mm. But the Minox cameras used rolls of film in a tiny cassette.  Kodak decided to use tiny chips of film attached to a rotating disc.  Although the image size was large enough to produce a good 4x6 inch print, this could only be achieved with a good quality lens and good camera-holding technique -- two things often lacking with every-day camera users.  As a result, most consumers were not pleased with their results.  In addition, the cameras were inordinately large for the film size.  This was a result of the circular disc fan, as well as the various bells and whistles that the manufacturers decided to build in, such as electronic flash, motor drives, etc. and the batteries to drive them. If, instead, they had put a better quality lens in a smaller package, the disc camera may have actually succeeded.   Much like the 110 film format that Kodak created, other camera makers jumped on the DISC camera bandwagon, sold DISC cameras with more features than the Kodak versions, at lower prices, and Kodak dropped out.  They even stopped selling the film.  Yet another disater for Kodak -- and it helped push them into the shape they are in today.

This list is inaccurate and incomplete. An incredible number of manufacturers jumped on the disc camera band wagon, never realizing what a dead end it would be with consumers.  Typically, these cameras were very simple and specifics were never listed by the manufacturer. Since so many styles and types were made, it is impossible to list them all. If you are able to provide more accurate information than is listed here, please contact us.


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