Snap Happy Camera (Jan, 1946)

Snap Happy Camera

Something new in flash cameras—takes 35-mm. photos at 1-25,000 see.

IMAGINE a camera so fast, so accurate, so automatic in operation that with it any novice can take pictures of spot news events and fast action that are as good as those of any professional! Imagine, too, that it uses the brightest light source ever known, brighter even than the sun: a built-in flash bulb that gives a flash of 1/25,000th of a second and can be used 50,000 times!

Such a revolutionary camera actually exists and will become available to you and me sometime in the not-too-distant future. Brain child of the Signal Corps Pictorial Service, it was developed especially for taking pictures of delicate surgical operations for the Surgeon General’s office, but its potentialities for taking news and industrial pictures are practically unlimited. It weighs only 5-1/2 pounds, operates our of a portable electric power pack, and can be plugged into any ordinary current line. It uses 35 mm. film and carries its own built-in light source, a coiled circular quartz vapor discharge tube. Just focus and shoot.

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  1. Stephen says: January 29, 20136:21 am

    I suppose this is the ancestor of what in the Seventies was called “electronic flash” and nowadays is the main type of flash unit on cameras.

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