I’ve gotten a lot of questions about the tiny film camera I posted on FB and Instagram over the weekend. I couldn’t really answer them because I didn’t have any answers! I randomly found this little guy in an antique store in Downtown New Orleans. I saw it in the window and was really curious; this was a vintage camera I had yet to see in the wild. Now that I’m home I’ve had time to investigate it. I probably paid too much for it, $50, but hey, when you’re on vacation a thousand miles away from home and really want something no price is too much, right?
The Hit is a subminiature camera taking 14×14mm exposures on 17.5mm film, based by the Tougodo company based in Toyohashi. It met a large success, and its name became widely used to designate a whole category of cameras, the Hit-type cameras.
This little guy fits in the palm of my hand. Turns out, they’re quite the collectible nowadays. They started somewhere in the 1950’s in toy machines.
So cute! I couldn’t find very many examples of what the images look like, aside from this HTML page here. I think once I get a chance to modify some film I will take it out for a spin myself and see what I can get. I’m pretty sure it still works. Stay tuned to see if I can get anything salvageable from it. If not it’ll still look pretty cool sitting on my desk. 🙂
Do YOU have any experience with this camera? If so, shoot me an email at email@example.com
2 thoughts on “Hit Toy Camera”
I had one of these little cameras when I was 10 years old. It had little tiny rolls of real film. Even at that age I had an interest in photography. Unfortunately my only experience with cameras, was my parents Kodak instamatic. All one had to do was pop in a film cartridge. With no knowledge of how to load or unload this type of film. I never successfully loaded it. So, I never got any photos from it. Fortunately my photographic interest were not deterred by my lack of success. I’m not sure what happened to my little camera.
That’s great! Maybe someone is selling the tiny rolls online somewhere ha.