Made in Japan by Kowa Co. The Kowa Ramera is a fancy combination of a transistor radio and a 16mm film camera, made by Kowa. The idea of combining a radio and a.Camera was made possible by the emergence of pocket transistor radios in the 1950s. It was first done in 1959 by Kowa. Both a radio maker and a. This was four years after the release of the first Japanese transistor radio by Tokyo Tsushin Kogyo, predecessor of Sony. No previous experience of subminiature. Cameras and decided to use the Minolta 16. Cassette system for the camera part, which was disproportionately. Smaller than the transistor radio.
Revived the idea with the Sonocon 16. Based on the Minolta 16 and integrating a miniaturized radio component. In a much smaller package. The "Bell 16" is the camera part alone, and is very uncommon. It takes twenty 10×14mm pictures on 16mm film in Minolta 16.It is shaped as a matchbox, with the lens on the larger side and satin metal finish overall. The viewfinder is at the bottom right, as seen by the photographer holding.
The film is advanced and the shutter is cocked by pulling a bar on the right, next to the shutter release. The exposure counter is visible in a. Small window next to the viewfinder eyepiece - it displays a red dot when the shutter is cocked, and the number of exposures after a picture has been taken. Two dials at the top, near the front edge, controlling the aperture on the left (from 3.5 to 11) and the shutter speed on the right (B, 50, 100, 200).
The rest of the top plate is. Hinged to the left for film loading, and is opened by a button next to the shutter release. The camera is synchronized for flash, via a PC connection on the front plate. The lens is a fixed-focus Prominar 25mm f/3.5, made of three elements.
This Ramera is the one with the BLACK color. This Ramera is in Ex++ or 9 of 10 condition. The transistor radio in the Ramera runs on a standard 9V battery. The radio has been tested, and it works.This vintage BLACK Kowa Ramera is camera only with a little plastic lens cap. This item is in the category "Cameras & Photo\Vintage Movie & Photography\Vintage Cameras\Subminiature Cameras".
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