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The Star watch camera or Radio camera (ラジヲカメラ, rajiwo kamera) is a Japanese camera disguised as a pocket watch, released in 1912 by Ueda.[1] It was patterned after the Lancaster watch camera. The watch-case opens and reveals the lens and shutter, mounted on a series of six concentric telescopic tubes. Pictures are taken on circular sheetfilm of about 3cm diameter.[2] The camera is fixed-focus and the shutter only has T and I or B and I settings.[3]

The inside of the watch-case has the word REGISTER'D, a five-pointed star, the name THE WATCH CAMERA, the initials S.C.W. for Star Camera Works and the serial number. The example pictured in Sugiyama has no.37414.[4]

It is said that the camera was available in three different versions: with silver plating (¥8), brushed silver plating (¥9) or in sterling silver (¥20).[5]

Notes Edit

  1. Date and attribution to Ueda: Sugiyama, item 5002, and this page of the Center of the History of Japanese Industrial Technology.
  2. Lewis, p.27, says 3cm; Sugiyama, item 5002, says 31mm.
  3. T and I: Lewis, p.27. B and I: Sugiyama, item 5002.
  4. Sugiyama, item 5002.
  5. Lewis, p.27.

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