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Kodak Instamatic 126 Film Camera, IN THE BOX! No battery flash camera! X-15 Color Outfit. Very Nice! See Pictures!Early Instamatics
The first Instamatics went on sale for $16 in early 1963 
and were soon followed by the 300(which had a light meter), the
400(which had a light meter and a spring driven film advance), and the
700(which had a light meter, focusing, and selectable shutter speeds.) They were the first cameras to use Kodak's new 126 format. The easy-load film
cartridge made the cameras very inexpensive to produce, as it provided
the film backing plate and exposure counter itself and thus saved
considerable design complexity and manufacturing cost for the cameras. A
wide variety of print and slide film was sold by Kodak in the 126
The lead designer for the Instamatic program was Dean M. Peterson, also later known for most of the innovations in the point-and-shoot camera revolution of the 1980s. The first Instamatic to be released was the Instamatic 50, which appeared in the UK
in February 1963, about a month before the 100. The first model
released in the US was the basic Instamatic 100. With fixed shutter
speed of 1/90th of a second, aperture and focus, it continued in the tradition of Kodak's earlier Brownie cameras, providing a simple snapshot camera anyone could use. It also featured a built-in flashgun for AG-1 "peanut" bulbs, a feature lacking in the 50.
The lineup was soon expanded to include a variety of models from the
basic but popular 100/104 to the automatic exposure 800/804, which
featured an aluminum chassis, rangefinder, selenium light meter, and clockwork
spring wind. (The 100/104 designation refers to the type of flash:
models ending in 0 had a built-in flashgun, while those ending in 4 used
flashcubes.) The best model made in the USA was the 814, which had a four-element lens and a coupled range-finder. The top-of-the-line model was the Instamatic Reflex SLR, which was made in Germany and could accept a variety of Retina S-mount lenses.
The Instamatic was an instant success; more than 50 million Instamatic cameras were produced between 1963 and 1970.
Kodak even gave away a considerable number in a joint promotion with
Scott paper towels in the early 1970s in order to generate a large
number of new photographers and stimulate lasting demand for its film
Many other manufacturers attempted to capitalize on the popularity of the Instamatic with their own 126 cameras, including Canon, Olympus, Minolta, Ricoh, Zeiss Ikon, and even Rollei. Some of these models were far more sophisticated and expensive than the Kodak cameras: the Rollei SL26, for instance, featured interchangeable lenses, TTL metering, and a rangefinder, and retailed for $300.
A new series of Instamatics was introduced in 1970 to take advantage of the new Magicube
flash technology. Magicubes used mechanically triggered pyrotechnic
detonators for each bulb, an improvement over flashcubes in that the
need for batteries was eliminated. Instamatics with Magicube sockets
were denoted by an "X" in the model number (e.g. X-15 or 55X).
"Pocket Instamatic" (110-format)
Kodak Pocket Instamatic using 110 film.
In 1972, Kodak introduced the Pocket Instamatic series for its
new 110 format. The 110 cartridge had the same easy-load design as the
126 format but was much smaller, allowing the cameras to be very compact
(hence the "Pocket" designation). The top-of-the-line model was the
Pocket Instamatic 60, which featured a stainless steel
body, rangefinder, and automatic exposure. More than 25 million Pocket
Instamatics were produced in under three years, and the 110 format
remained popular into the 1990s. However the small negative size limited
quality when using the film emulsion of the period, although in
practice most prints were small so this was not as apparent until they
were 'blown up' to a larger size.
Mid-1970s to late 1980sIn 1976, the Instamatic X line was updated for use with the new Flipflash
system. These cameras were designated by the addition of the suffix "F"
to the model number of the corresponding Magicube model. The basic
X-15F was the last Instamatic sold in the United States, remaining on
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