“I” is for Instamatic, Kodak’s camera for 126 cartridge film
Instamatics arose with the advent of 126 cartridge film. The cartridge made loading and unloading the camera very easy.
A few of our Instamatics
The Instamatic 400 – with the flash open and ready to accept the peanut bulb. 1963-1966
The Instamatic 704 took flash cubes. 1965-1969
Instamatics with ‘X’ in their name used the special ‘Magicube’ flash. 1970-1976
This Instamatic (the Instamatic 60) was made for 110 cartridge film. This one has a coupled rangefinder. 1972
Most Instamatics were rather cheaply made in the USA, but the Instamatic 500 was made in Germany with high-quality glass. 1963-1966
Another view of the Instamatic 500.
Almost all Instamatics were simple view-finder cameras, but the Instamatic Reflex was an SLR. 1968-1974
Reference: McKeown’s Price Guide to Antique and Classic Cameras, 12th edition, ISBN 0-931838-40-1
The other cameras featured in this A to Z Challenge are linked on this page.