The Petal camera appeared on the market in 1948. It was a tiny, round
camera about the size of a US quarter -- believe it or not! It was
similar to the Sakura Petal and the Evarax, which were the same camera in
an octagonal body. It had a fixed-focus 12mm (f5.6) lens. Speeds
could be set at B and I and it produced six, 6mm circular images on a 25mm
film disc in a special cassette. Marked PETAL on face plate. And
accessories were available, such as a camera case and a film disc cutter.
The Petal is so small, in fact, that it is listed in
The Guinness Book of World Records as
being the smallest camera ever produced. How it came to be listed as
the smallest camera in the world is quite a story in itself. But rather
than give a mere summary, we'll let the
guy who owned the camera give you all the details himself.
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