A hand held cine camera that can be used to film movies at home.  It has a long handle to hold to keep the camera stabilised while filming.  It has a view finder to look through at the back and this is connected to the lens at the front.  Once you have the subject in focus that you want to film you press & hold down the black button at the front.  This records the subject onto a film.

This camera would have run on a battery put into the bottom of the handle.  The side of the camera would have opened to put an 8mm roll of film in.  A movie light could be fitted to the top to assist with casting extra light while filming.  There is a plastic strap at the bottom of the camera to help with carrying around when not in use. The lens doesn’t have a cap to protect the glass.

Cine cameras may look portable but are not like the camcorders or video cameras of today as you cannot instantly view what you have filmed. Once filming had been completed the roll of film would have been sent off for developing.  After the film had been developed it would be loaded onto a double spool projector.  The film would then be projected onto a white screen to watch.  Early cine films were in black and white with no sound.

The Kodak company released their first colour 16mm film in 1928 and 8mm in 1934 – these were known as Kodacolor.  Cine cameras were used to film many major historical events including World Wars.

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Date 1950s, 1960s
Material(s) PlasticMetalGlass
Item number MBPO134

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  • Have you ever used a cine camera or a camcorder?
  • If you have were the films in black and white or colour?

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