KODAK 110 CAMERAS


One would expect that Kodak would have made a lot of 110 cameras since they were responsible for inventing the format in 1972. 110 cameras were Kodak's response to the quite popular, Japanese and German 16mm cameras of the 1960's.  Why they decided to come out with an entirely new format (13x17mm) in a ridiculously large cassette -- requiring paper-backing -- for a line of subminiature cameras is anyone's guess.  Perhaps they thought they could not compete with the existing 16mm cameras (10x14mm) on their own turf. By coming out with a new format (110 is actually 16mm film with a different type of perforation), they could get the jump on the competition -- through intense advertising.  And they succeeded -- to a point. Most of the millions of Kodak 110 cameras were probably made in Rochester, New York, but several were made in Brazil, and some in Mexico, China, Germany, and the UK -- and some models were never sold in the USA.  And, of course, lots of other camera manufacturers also made 110 cameras -- from extremely simple junk, giving the 110 format a bad reputation, to top-of-the-line cameras, that were as expensive as full-frame 35mm cameras due to the need for miniaturization. In no time, the 110 cameras managed to destroy the 16mm camera market. But in the end, Kodak lost the war.  Eventually, the 110 camera just could not complete with the compact 35mm rangefinder cameras of the time. Today a few 110 cameras are still being made -- NOT by Kodak -- but these are largely very low-cost, featureless cameras designed for kids.  If Kodak had decided to produce 16mm cameras instead of 110 cameras, they could have succeeded by standardizing the various 16mm paperless cassettes, and the submini camera might likely be the most popular film format today -- and without having to go down the Kodak Disc and APS camera dead-ends.  Here are the Kodak 110 cameras in alphabetic order.

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