Japanese Historical Cameras

Japanese Historical Cameras” serve as pages in the history of Japanese camera development, making it more accessible to the world.
Cameras which are considered significant in some regard are selected by the Historical Camera Committee, which is composed of unbiased experts and specialists in the field.
All new cameras released within the calendar year are eligible, with evaluation based on factors such as the first use of a new technology and popularity among consumers.

Most “Japanese Historical Cameras” designated in past years are held in the collection of the JCII Camera Museum, which is run by the JCII, and many are on display.

*The names of companies and products are the registered trademarks and copyrights of said companies.
*Product names do not always agree with the respective company’s official company name or firm name.
*The contents of this file were taken from the “JCII Museum News Release”.
Also, the name of the products or the expressions used in catalogues are noted in parentheses.
*English characters replace those European characters that are difficult to view using a English web browser.
*The URL in the contents are, in principle, the index pages of each companies’ WWW site in Japanese.
This does not mean that any information regarding “historical cameras” is available now or will be in the future.