In 2000, Megahouse started producing Sharan miniature-sized replicas of historically important, and interesting, cameras.  These were not pint-sized models;  they were actual, functioning 1/3rd-sized cameras -- and in some cases, these replicas sell for more than the originals!

Sharan opted for the Minox cassette for these cameras, due to their small size.  This allowed them to decrease the size of the replicas to about 1/3rd of the originals.  The new mini-cameras could not have all of the features of the originals due to their size.  And their size required the mechanics of their cameras to be as simple as possible -- like the Minox MX and EC.  The 3-elements in 3-groups lens is a 15mm fixed-focus f5.6 Azonon.  The fixed, small aperture allows the lens to be fixed-focus and have adequate depth of field from four feet to infinity.  The shutter is fixed at 1/250 of a second.  In practice, this shutter speed & aperture combination produces correct exposures under sunny conditions with ISO 25-50 film. Under cloudy conditions, ISO 100-200 works fine, and in shade or bright interiors, ISO 400-800 (or pushed) film will work.

The buttons and levers on the various cameras are largely non-functioning, but this varies from model to model.  For example, on the Pen F model, the film rewind lever causes the built-in viewfinder to pop-up -- there's no need to rewind Minox film! Some models have built-in viewfinders, while others have slip-on viewers in a shoe on the top plate.  The film is loaded from the bottom,

and a classically-styled handle electronic flash was available as an accessory -- which screwed into the bottom of the camera.  

Some models are very easy to find, but others are not.  Prices can be all over the place as well, especially for the hard-to-find versions -- just as it is with Hit-style cameras.  Initial sales were good enough, though and Sharan soon added to their initial line-up -- and later an additional, completely new line of mini-cameras, the Sharan B, was introduced as well -- see below.

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