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Minox's Micro-Sized Retro Chic Digital Camera Is Like Mini Leica

The Minox Classic Camera Collection recreates legendary designs at a scale of 1:3. Why? Because it's awesomely portable, and totally discreet.

It's never too early to start your holiday shopping, and we just found the perfect gift for the Wes Anderson wannabe in your life. After unboxing this tiny retro-chic digital camera from Minox — a recreation of the German manufacturer's "legendary" 35mm film cameras from the 1950s — he'll grab a French beret and start filling his Facebook profile with fussily symmetrical snapshots like there's no tomorrow.

Minox

[In pictures, it's hard to appreciate just how small the camera is.]

Minox

[Photographs taken with the camera]

Part of the appeal is having a high performance camera in a super tiny size — thus allowing you to take unobtrusive shots, and to always have your camera in a pocket. (By contrast, think of how Cartier-Bresson used to hide his Leica in a baguette.)

That said, you're definitely sacrificing convenience for style with this thing — but oh, what style! Dig that analog-style rangefinder on top of the camera body. Drool over the array of tiny prime lenses (digital zooms? What do you take us for, amateurs?). My god, there's even an olde-tyme gigantic flashbulb attachment (if your tastes in retro cosplay lean more toward the 1940s-movie-reporter trope). Someone get me an oxygen mask, I'm about to pass out from the tweeness!

Kidding aside, the Minox Classic is no toy: it's fully functional, totally gorgeous modern camera based on truly classic designs. (Let's face it, matte chrome with black and red accents never goes out of style. Even when shrunk down to garden-gnome size.) True to their roots, Minox offers these tiny wonders in both digital and analog-film versions. Death to digitized retro simulacra! This is the real deal.

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Minox

[Via NotCot]

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  • Ashok Kumar

    My knowledge of Cameras is next to nothing.

    But the crisp response from Leicanaut was really enjoyable, esp his aside !

    May your tribe multiply :)

  • revrev_nyc

    It is one of my favorite cameras ever! I take it everywhere and have never needed the flash. Great write-up.

  • Leicanaut

    Sorry to be an a-hole camera geek, but, well, I am one, so a few corrections:

    1. That isn't a rangefinder, it's a clip-on optical viewfinder. The two are not the same thing.

    2. It doesn't have interchangeable prime lenses, but rather clip-on conversion adapters for the fixed (crappy looking) lens to alter the focal length to wider or telephoto views. Not the same thing, and clipping crappy conversion adapters to already crappy lenses will compound the overall crappiness of the image.

    3. High performance and 5.1 megapixel CMOS sensor probably don't belong in the same sentence. Nice necklace, but good luck getting a decent image with that sensor/lens combo, especially in anything less than the blazing sunshine of their example images

    4. It's a "homage" to a Leica M3, not an earlier Minox design. Minox didn't make 35mm cameras until the 70s (they made miniature spy cameras from the 20s) and those were fugly beyond reckoning

    5. There is no analog film version, at least anywhere I can find on their site. Doubtful you'd fit regular 35mm film in this dwarf-sized monstrosity.

    6. This is about as far from the real deal as possible. It's a cigarette lighteresque curio with a very tenuous connection to a classic (Leica) design. Arial to Akzidenz, if you will. Aside - it will throw into doubt whether female users were once male users due to the cruel trick of miniaturization vs. implied larger-than-life hand size (just sayin')

    Solution: sell a kidney, buy a Leica (or a Fuji X100 if you're running short of organs)