Camera Lite camera Model B

Made:
1955 in Japan
maker:
Suzuki Optical Company
Camera Lite Camera, Model B
      An unusual combination of subminiature cine camera and cigarette lighter

Camera Lite Camera, Model B An unusual combination of subminiature cine camera and cigarette lighter
The Kodak Collection at the National Media Museum, Bradford

Subminiature camera for 8mm wide film 6x6mm concealed in cigarette lighter' f/8 lens, B/I shutter, fixed focus; frame finder in lighter top; functioning flint/petrol ligther.

Camera Lite Camera, Model B, made by the Suzuki Optical Company in Japan in 1955.

An unusual combination of sub miniature cine camera and cigarette lighter, the Camera Lite took specially manufactured 8mm wide film in small magazines. In 1953 the Suzuki Optical Company’s Echo 8 sub miniature lighter/camera was featured in ‘Roman Holiday’ (Paramount Pictures). The film increased demand which Suzuki could not keep up with. As a result they brought out the Camera Lite as a cheaper, simpler version of the Echo 8.

Details

Category:
Photographic Technology
Object Number:
1990-5036/7147/1
Materials:
flint, glass and metal plated (unknown)
Measurements:
deployed: 84 mm x 60 mm x 14 mm,
type:
sub miniature camera
taxonomy:
  • tools and equipment
  • equipment by process
  • image making equipment
  • camera (form)
credit:
The Kodak Collection at the National Media Museum, Bradford