From The Annals Of Interesting Camera Design: The Pentax Auto 11006.10.10   |   Posted in: Art & Design, Tech   |   By: Nils de Mol van Otterloo
Tags: 110 film, auto 110, mini slr, pentax, Pentax Auto 110, Photography, slr, spy camera, spy cameras
In 1979 Pentax released the acme of 110 format camera design, the Auto 110 (which would be followed by the Auto 110 Super and the Jungle-themed Auto 110 Safari). 110 film is a super-small format that has for the most part gone the way of the Dodo, but it is still available online. The bigger problem is finding a place to get your 110 photos developed, but that’s another story (supposedly Walmart and various other mail-order film processing companies can take care of this, but I have yet to try them).
The most interesting thing about the Auto 110 is that it is the smallest full SLR camera design ever made. You can still get them quite easily on eBay at a very reasonable cost. Because it is a full SLR there are an array of lens options (regular, wide-angle, fisheye etc.) as well as a number of other options. As you can see it takes very clean, in-focus pictures (which can be a plus or a minus depending on your aesthetic), and it fits in the palm of your hand. If it weren’t for the winding sounds and click that it makes when you shoot it, you could easily get away with using it as a spy camera (and what guy hasn’t at some time in their life fantasized about being a spy?).