In particular, the less expensive and more user-friendly Kodak Brownie movie cameras made it easy for moms and dads and countless others to record every little moving moment on video.
In that way, it was kind of like modern-day social media — except back then, only about three people would actually want to see what you filmed.
Vintage Cine-Kodak film movie camera (1928)
1930s model Kodak Cine 8 film movie camera (1933)
Cine-Kodak Medallion 8 8mm film movie camera (1956)
No bigger’n a minute, the Cine-Kodak Medallion 8 Camera has the look, feel, and “purr” of a finely built watch. Takes but 3 seconds to load it with a magazine of film; little more to switch from indoor to outdoor color.
Fast 1.9 Ektanon Lens focuses down to 12 inches for close-ups, is directly inter-changeable with all “D-thread” type lenses. Optical finder adjusts to show fields of lenses from 63mm to 38mm. Speeds of 16 to 48 frames per second, plus single-frame.
Continuous run lock; ready-set footage counter. It’s an easy-to-use little gem—yet the Medallion 8 Camera comes packed with the kind of features every serious movie maker wants. $144.50
Easy as snapshots: Thrilling home movies, with this inexpensive camera (1955)
If you’ve been missing out on the fun of home movies because you think they are hard to make… or expensive… don’t wait any longer.
Hundreds of thousands of families are already enjoying home movies made with a Brownie Movie Camera. And they’ll tell you that the Brownie is as easy to use as a snapshot camera (easier, some say)… economical, too.
There’s one simple setting to make — just one — and a built-in guide tells you how. Then you aim, press the button. That’s all there is to it.
The Brownie is all camera, handsomely styled and ruggedly engineered for years of trouble-free service.
See the Brownie Movie Camera at your Kodak dealer’s. No reason at all why you can’t start your family movie diary this very weekend. Ask to see a sample reel of the wonderful movies you can make. Then ask about small down payment and easy terms. (Or mail coupon for free booklet.)
Brownie Movie Camera, only $37.50: Captures all the action… all the color…of your good times
Brownie movie camera kit with f/1.9 lens (1956)
Brownie 300 movie outfit, complete (1956)
Save every splash – with a Brownie 8 Movie Camera (1961)
Let a movie camera bring back the fun!
ALSO SEE: How Kodak Brownie cameras made snapshot photography affordable for millions
KODAK Zoom 8 Reflex Camera, Model 2 (1962)
Push-button zoom your 8mm movies! And see your zooms exactly as you film them, for you view through the lens. Electric eye sets lens opening automatically. Focusing P1.6 zoom lens. New KODAK Zoom 8 Reflex Camera, Model 2 . . . less than $215.
Kodak Automatic 8 Movie Camera (1963)
Fully automatic! Electric eye sets correct lens opening for you . . . adjusts it continuously while you shoot. Dim-light warning signal appears in viewfinder. No need to focus. Built-in filter. KODAK Automatic 8 Movie Camera … less than $55.
Kodak Brownie Fun Saver Movie Camera (1963)
Special offer—to introduce you to the ease and fun of personal movies! Low price includes 8mm camera, a roll of KODACHROME II Movie Film, and an informative idea book. BROWNIE FUN SAVER Movie Camera … less than $20.
Kodak Instamatic movie camera (1965)
Kodak brings the Instamatic camera idea to movies… and introduces a new era in movie enjoyment.
Super 8 movies with vintage Kodak Instamatic M2 movie camera (1966)
Shoot terrific Super 8 movies with a new Kodak Instamatic Movie Camera!
Just drop in the film and shoot brighter, sharper movies than you’ve ever seen on a home screen. No threading, no midpoint flip-over—the KODAPAK Movie Cartridge is factory-loaded for you.
The KODAK INSTAMATIC M2 Movie Camera has a fast 11.8 lens and built-in filter that lets you use the same film indoors and out. Battery drive—no winding.
Shoot 50 feet of continuous film and get movies that are spectacularly bright and colorful. They’re 50% larger in area on the film than on regular 8mm film. That’s why you can show them only on a KODAK INSTAMATIC or other super 8 projector.
Kodak Super 8 movie camera (1966)
Just drop in the film and shoot movies that are spectacularly bright and sharp! The Super 8 film cartridge is factory-loaded — no threading, no midpoint flip-over. Shoot 50 feet of continuous film and show it brilliantly on a super 8 projector.
Kodak Instamatic M12 film movie camera (1965)
Special effects. No special effort. (1967)
We designed the Kodak Instamatic M8 Movie Camera for people who want to get special effects on their movies but don’t want complicated settings.
You load instantly — just drop in the super 8 film cartridge. Never wind — batteries do it for you. And shoot the whole roll without stopping to flip film.
The M8 has four shooting speeds-9, 18, 24 and 32 frames per second — from fast to slow motion. And the power zoom lens lets you go from 9.5mm wide-angle view to 45mm tele-photo close-up by touching a button. Manual zoom, too.
Reflex viewing through the lens lets you see exactly what you’ll get on the film. The CdS electric eye also operates through the lens for precise exposure accuracy. All this plus the bigger super 8 film format to give you brighter screenings.
The superb KODAK INSTAMATIC M8 Movie Camera is less than $225. See it and the complete line of super 8 KODAK INSTAMATIC Movie Projectors…
Kodak Instamatic M9 Movie Camera (1969)
Now the finest costs less than $200: We’re talking about Kodak’s finest — the Instamatic M9 movie camera. Now you can own one for less than $200.
And what a camera it is. Just drop in the film cartridge and you’re ready to shoot. The 5-to-1 zoom lens lets you capture the long shots by telephoto, and gives you the broad view by wide angle. You’ve got your choice of fingertip power zoom or manual zoom.
Four filming speeds from slow motion to fast action let you set the pace. Through-the-lens CdS electric eye gives you the correct exposure automatically. And the sports-type finder lets you see action outside the area you’re filming. There’s even provision for remote control and for single-frame exposure for animation.
The Kodak Instamatic M9 movie camera with ultra-fast f/1.8 power zoom lens is waiting for you for less than $200.
Kodak Ektasound movie cameras (1977)
Kodak’s unique on-camera microphone. Sound made simple.
The Kodak Ektasound movie camera makes it so easy to take sound movies. Just drop in a cartridge of film, such as Kodak Ektachrome 160 sound movie film, and push the shutter release. It’s that simple.
And the microphone? It’s right on the handle! So, you’re free to move around and shoot wherever you want without worrying about cords or micro-phone placement. You don’t need movie lights, either.
Indoors or outdoors, in room light or sunlight, the Kodak Ektasound movie camera takes colorful sound movies without movie lights. There’s also an automatic exposure control that adjusts the amount of light reaching the film.
And, there’s a sound monitor so you can hear what the camera is hearing — both before and during use. Ask your photo dealer for a demonstration. There are several models to choose from including the new model 250 with power zoom and the new model 260 with power zoom and coupled rangefinder. Kodak Ektasound movie cameras
In the 70s I bought a Brownie 300 movie camera at a yard sale. I had big dreams of making my own motion pictures until I realized a) it didn’t work, b) it would cost more to repair than it would be to buy a new camera (which I couldn’t afford), and c) film for it wasn’t available anyway (I couldn’t have afforded that either). So my big directorial debut still awaits.