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Was $49

If a turn of the century Kodak Brownie box camera had a baby, the aptly named Baby Camera would be it.

Often called the yen camera because it originally cost one yen upon its 1931 release in Japan, it looks like a box camera, shrunk to a fraction of its normal size. Its film-processing method, known as no-need-darkroom, however, is quite unique. Originally, this camera would have come with a printing set so that the user could load, snap, develop, and print their own film on the spot. Instead of opening like a typical box camera, the Baby Camera has a slot in the back to insert the Junior film, which came in boxes of two exposures.

Junior film is no longer produced, and the film included in this listing is long expired, so I am selling this camera as is, for decorative purposes only. This is the first of this camera that I have seen. This model is difficult to find, and unique in its developing method, so it would be an interesting addition to a vintage camera collection.

Notes: Camera is approximately 2.5" tall. The shutter lever fires, but since this camera has a bulb setting only, it requires resetting after firing and does not spring back. The shutter and other metal parts have some discoloration, and the brilliant viewfinder is clouded so that it is almost opaque and is no longer usable for viewing. The camera has some wear and bumping to the corners, and there is a small corner of paper in the back that has come up a little (see 4th photo).

Both negatives are still in the Junior Film box. They appear to be in their wrapper, but I can not guarantee that they are unused. I am sure that by now they are too old to use.

The camera and film will arrive neatly packed in the bottom part of the original box (no top) along with the instructions. The instructions are yellowed, worn on the bottom edge, and brittle from age, but they are intact and completely legible. The instructions say, "How to take picture with The Super Camera," which is a close relative to the Baby Camera and whose directions were issued with both models.

Baby Camera / Super Camera (Kamerette)
Date: 1931
Original Retail Price: 1 yen
Producer: distributed by Baby Kamera Kenkyujo, advertised by Sanesudσ in Japan
Color: black
Lens: fixed-focus, no diaphram; has one brilliant finder on top
Shutter: Bulb only
Focus: 3’ - infinity
Film: Junior Film (3 x 5cm no-need-darkroom film sheets)
Flash: none
Other: Originally sold in a set with printing paper, developer fluid, a bottle of fixer, frame for contact prints

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RESERVED for ausphoto: Rare 1930s Japanese Yen Baby or Super Kamerette Camera Miniature with Box and Instructions


  • Vintage item from the 1930s
  • Material: metal
  • Ships worldwide from United States
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