Vintage Camera Ads IV: Tiny Cameras in the Palm of Your Hand


Photographers, whether amateurs or professionals, have always been fascinated in compact cameras. The smaller and more handy they are, the better and more interesting they are to shoot with! Take a look at some of the tiniest cameras that could fit in the palm of your hand in this installment of Vintage Camera Ads!

Everybody likes shooting with compact cameras, especially in a time and age such as ours, but the digital world does not have the monopoly of these sleek and handy cameras. Even if technology back then was not as advanced, camera companies managed to come up with some cool compacts that are so small they can fit nicely in the palm of your hand. And that, eventually became the selling point of the popular ones from camera makers like Minox, Olympus, and Rollei, in 35mm and 110 formats.

Ladies and gentlemen, may I present, some beautiful vintage camera ads showing compact film cameras back in the days, some of the smallest of their kind:

Images via Summaron on Flickr, Casual Camera Collector on Flickr,, Nesster on Flickr, Antique_Camera_Guy on Flickr, and Hisa Foto on Flickr.

Digital compacts still aren’t the only cameras that can fit in your palm today — remember, aside from the cameras above that you may still find in thrift shops and secondhand stores, the Lomography Online Shop also has the teeny Fisheye Baby 110 and Diana Baby 110 for you to play with! They’re certainly among the smallest cameras you can shoot with and show off today!

What do you think of these vintage camera ads? Do you happen to have these classic compacts in your collection as well? Tell us about them with a comment below!

written by plasticpopsicle on 2013-04-05 in #lifestyle #film-cameras #advertisements #cameras #vintage-camera-ads #ads #lomography #analogue-lifestyle


  1. superchilango
    superchilango ·

    I am a proud owner of a Minox camera, it was my grandfather's, exactly like the one on the add, and although the films are still being made in Germany it is too expensive for me to get them because I live in Mexico City, still, pretty cool camera

  2. superchilango
    superchilango ·

    The one in the first add, I just realized there's more

  3. segata
    segata ·

    I love vintage advertising, its a true art form in some respects and is a good back drop for displaying things, including cameras

  4. sifree
    sifree ·

    I've just acquired a Pentax Auto 110 I found at a flea market. It seems to be working and comes with its original flash unit and a skylight filter. Can't wait for my film order to arrive so I can try it out!

  5. herbert-4
    herbert-4 ·

    Find ad for Tenax I...

  6. peachy_yb89
    peachy_yb89 ·

    I find it heart-breaking that I learnt about analogue photography when most of the companies are phasing out these wonderful cameras (and some have already stopped way back). :(

  7. diomaxwelle
    diomaxwelle ·

    I dunno about tiny compact, but I do know I fell utterly in love with the subminiature, Hit-type camera I found at a vintage shop. That ickle princess makes the Diana Baby look like the big sister!! I still wish I could shoot the lil thing!

  8. robotto_dawad
    robotto_dawad ·

    love vintage advertising :)

  9. timbolionfilm
    timbolionfilm ·

    Such a shame that my two Minox 35 cameras (EL/GL) are the most unreliable cameras produced with their amazing yet flawed electric shutter!

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