Instamatic is the system name for a cassette film system introduced by Kodak in 1963, a word derived from the English words instant and automatic. Instant refers to the lightning-fast film loading.” (Source: Wikipedia)
The fact that many photographers have had problems changing film may seem absurd these days. Nevertheless, the „foolproof“ operation of the cassette cameras was a key selling point.
The Kodak Instamatic 233 X shown here dates from the 1970s and is an example of the large number of models that were produced by Kodak and often differed only in minor details. The camera is loaded with Instamaticfilm type 126 with a negative size of 28 x 28mm. There were film packs of 12, 20 or 24 exposures. The image quality remained rather modest due to the weak lens construction and the insufficient flatness of the image. The so-called „X-cube“ served as the flash, which did not require a battery to ignite. A spent flash warning bar is displayed in the viewfinder. This type of camera has sold millions, mostly as birthday or Christmas gifts. But if you wanted a little more than souvenir pictures, you quickly switched to a more powerful system.
The Agfamatic Pocket 3000 is designed for Pocketfilm 110, introduced by Kodak in 1972.
The negative format of 13 x 17 mm made it possible to use small, pocketable cameras whose image quality, however, remains rather modest due to the small format and the weak optics of most devices.
The Agfamatic 3000 offers four exposure levels that can be used to react to different weather conditions.