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Japanese plate box cameras (edit)
No.0 (4×5cm) Adam | Hayatori Renshūyō
atom (4.5×6cm) Atom Hayatori Shashinki
meishi (5.5×8cm) Cherry
tefuda (8×10.5cm) Champion | Cherry | Sakura Army | Sakura Honor | Sakura Navy
nimaigake (8×12cm) Sakura Honor
kabine (12×16.5cm) Sakura Honor
Japanese plate film: monocular, folding bed, strut-folding and SLR ->
3×4 and 4×4, 4×5 and 4×6.5, 4.5×6, 6×6 and 6×9 ->

The Adam (アダム) is a cardboard box camera sold by Sone Shunsuidō from 1918.[1] It has no viewfinder and no shutter (the exposure time is controlled by the lens cap). It does not take plate holders, and No.0 plates (4×5cm) must be inserted into the camera one by one in a darkroom.[2] The Adam was the first Japanese camera to sell for ¥1.[3]

A slightly more elaborate Adam camera is also pictured in Sugiyama, with a shutter giving Bulb exposures only, and a handle at the top.[4]


  1. Date: Lewis, p.26, Yazawa, p.13 of Camera Collectors' News no.264. Cardboard: Lewis, p.26.
  2. This is explained in Yazawa, p.13 of Camera Collectors' News no.264.
  3. Sugiyama, item 4006, Yazawa, p.13 of Camera Collectors' News no.264.
  4. Sugiyama, item 4007.


  • Lewis, Gordon, ed. The History of the Japanese Camera. Rochester, N.Y.: George Eastman House, International Museum of Photography & Film, 1991. ISBN 0-935398-17-1 (paper), 0-935398-16-3 (hard). Pp.26–7.
  • Sugiyama, Kōichi (杉山浩一); Naoi, Hiroaki (直井浩明); Bullock, John R. The Collector's Guide to Japanese Cameras. 国産カメラ図鑑 (Kokusan kamera zukan). Tokyo: Asahi Sonorama, 1985. ISBN 4-257-03187-5. Items 4006–7.
  • Yazawa Seiichirō (矢沢征一郎). "Renzu no hanashi (174) Tesutā" (レンズの話[174]テスター, Lens story [164] Testar). In Camera Collectors' News no.264 (June 1999). Nishinomiya: Camera Collectors News-sha. Pp.11–6.