The Midget Jilona hit the streets in 1937.  And in many ways this was the original "Hit" camera.  It used 17.5mm paper-backed, split, unperforated 35mm film and produced 14x14mm images -- one definition of a "HIT" camera, since this is the same setup copied by most "Hit" cameras.  In fact, this film size (and format) is oftentimes referred to as Midget film and the Midget format.  It had a 22mm (f6.8) two-element lens that did not require focusing.  Speeds were B and I (1/25).  On the top it had a small pop-up viewfinder (see first photo) , it's main difference from later "Hits".  This, and similar cameras, were designed for the home market in Japan.  They were made small -- just a couple of inches wide -- and simple to keep down the cost of the camera, the film and the processing, which were all relatively expensive at the time. An updated version came out two years later (1939) which looked much more like the later Hit cameras. It has a fixed finder on top and a 20mm (f4.5) fixed-focus lens (see second photo).  Since HIT cameras are still being made, this is one of the longest running submini formats.

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