Hit type camera list

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Hit camera list

The Hit Is a type of camera, rather than a single model, a generic name derived from the first such model made by Tougodo. Common to to this type is the media, a 17.5 paper-backed film producing 14mm x 14mm images. The 17.5mm was initially meant to be slit from 35mm Bolta film, widely available in Japan. As the Hit style gained followers, ready-made film was offered as well. As with all Japanese cheapies at that time, it was offered in the US as well, dirt cheap: sold in on flat laminated boards, not even boxed. The sample I have is marked for US$2,99, about US$40 at today’s value, still inexpensive for picture-taking instruments.

The Hit type cameras came in many styles. From basic as the first model, with one speed and a fixed aperture, it has evolved into models offering more speeds and aperture settings and different viewers. In earlier models, the name is marked on a round sticker surrounding the lens, in later it is stamped on the top fascia. Many models are dead identical but marked with different names.

The Hit cameras were not taken seriously and were sold at a fraction of a real camera price. Many were used as incentive products and neat ornaments on Christmas trees. Although the primary export market was the US, some were scattered all over the globe.

Perusing the model names is a real joy. Some names make sense, such as ‘Honey’ or ‘Kitty’. Some reflect the Japanese grasp of English words, such as ‘Lenz’ or ‘Betsons’. Some, I assume, are anglicized Japanese names, such as ‘Quingdao’ or ‘Tsubame’, and some are over the top, such as ‘Come to Old Mexico’, which could be a promo item.

My list carries 215 items; Other sources cite 400 or so. For the collector, most are easy to get, with some 200 listed at any given time on eBay. Most go for under US$20, whereas a few rare models fetch much more. Historical selling prices are in the table below, linked to camdex.ca.

A note about the manufacturer’s name in the table below. As with other camera brands of the early to mid past century, makers’ names were anglicized in different ways. Further, makers and distributors are all happily mixed up, and brands were taken over by others, so different sources cite it differently. Also, where I have no maker’s name, I marked it as just “Hit”.

ModelBrandLink
AharjoHitAharjo
AhiHitAhi
AlomeTougodoAlome
AmerexTougodoAmerex
Arco FlexHitArco Flex
ArrowTougodoArrow
AstraHitAstra
AstrophicTougodoAstrophic
AstropicHitAstropic
AtomsHitAtoms
AtomyHitAtomy
Baby LuxTougodoBaby Lux
Baby MaxTougodoBaby Max
BarcoHitBarco
BarluxTougodoBarlux
BeautyTougodoBeauty
Beauty TaiyodoHitBeauty Taiyodo
BeicaTougodoBeica
BetsonsHitBetsons
Blue StarHitBlue Star
BoatHitBoat
BudgetHitBudget
C.M.A.HitC.M.A.
C.M.C BlackTougodoC.M.C Black
C.M.C BlueTougodoC.M.C Blue
C.M.C BrownTougodoC.M.C Brown
C.M.C GoldTougodoC.M.C Gold
C.M.C GrayTougodoC.M.C Gray
C.M.C GreenTougodoC.M.C Green
C.M.C RedTougodoC.M.C Red
ChampHitChamp
Charco Imp Inc.HitCharco Imp Inc.
Charcoflex HitHitCharcoflex Hit
CharmyHitCharmy
Charmy ColouredHitCharmy Coloured
ClickTougodoClick
CollyTougodoColly
ColonHitColon
Come to Old MexicoHitCome to Old Mexico
CometHitComet
ComexFuji KogakuComex
ContinentalHitContinental
CoronaKSKCorona
CrownHitCrown
Crown GoldHitCrown Gold
CrystarCrystarCrystar
DaleHitDale
DEFHitDEF
Dick TracyHitDick Tracy
DiplomatTougodoDiplomat
DreamHitDream
ElectronicHitElectronic
EliteHitElite
EmsonTougodoEmson
ENN-ESSHitENN-ESS
FireplaceHitFireplace
FrancyaHitFrancya
Fuji GoldHitFuji Gold
GammaHitGamma
Gamma MIOJHitGamma MIOJ
GenneiflexHitGenneiflex
GlicoHitGlico
GlobalTougodoGlobal
GlobeHitGlobe
GNCOHitGNCO
HadenHitHaden
HadsonHitHadson
HamcoHitHamco
HappyTougodoHappy
HartexHitHartex
HarukawawaHitHarukawawa
Hit 16HitHit 16
Hit 16 IIHitHit 16 II
Hit Black RingTougodoHit Black Ring
Hit GoldTougodoHit Gold
Hit GreenTougodoHit Green
Hit White RingTougodoHit White Ring
HobixTougodoHobix
HomerTougodoHomer
HoneyHitHoney
HopeHitHope
Hope IISugayaHope II
I.G.B.TougodoI.G.B.
Jay DeeHitJay Dee
JetHitJet
KassinKassinKassin
KentHitKent
KingHitKing
KittyHitKitty
KoltOkadaKolt
KuteTougodoKute
LaurieHitLaurie
LenzHitLenz
LloydHitLloyd
Lloyd'sHitLloyd's
LuckyHitLucky
MadisonHitMadison
Madison IHitMadison I
MarvelHitMarvel
MasotHitMasot
MeteorHitMeteor
Mickey MouseHitMickey Mouse
MidgetTougodoMidget
MightyTougodoMighty
Mighty Gift BoxTougodoMighty Gift Box
Mighty midgetHitMighty midget
MinettaTougodoMinetta
Mini CameraTougodoMini Camera
Mini CameraHitMini Camera
MinixHitMinix
MinoriHitMinori
MiracleHitMiracle
MisuzuHitMisuzu
MityHitMity
MNOHitMNO
MoritaHitMorita
MycroAkitaMycro
MycroTougodoMycro
Mycro Fine Colour 16SanwaMycro Fine Colour 16
Mycro ISanwaMycro I
Mycro IISanwaMycro II
Mycro IIISanwaMycro III
Mycro IIIAAkitaMycro IIIA
Mycro IIIaSanwaMycro IIIa
Mycro IIIaTougodoMycro IIIa
Mycro IIIbTougodoMycro IIIb
Mycro OriginalSanwaMycro Original
Mycro-FineHitMycro-Fine
Mykro-FineSouthernMykro-Fine
MyracleSugayaMyracle
Myracle IISugayaMyracle II
MyteHitMyte
MythsHitMyths
New HitHitNew Hit
New MycroAkitaNew Mycro
New RocketTougodoNew Rocket
New RocketRocket CameraNew Rocket
New Rocket GoldRocket CameraNew Rocket Gold
NikkababyHitNikkababy
NoveltyHitNovelty
OgicaHitOgica
Old MexicoHitOld Mexico
P.A.C.TougodoP.A.C.
PacificHitPacific
PamexHitPamex
PenHitPen
PenlettoHitPenletto
PetieHitPetie
Petie BrassHitPetie Brass
PettyHitPetty
PFCAHitPFCA
PrettyHitPretty
PrinceHitPrince
Prince 16 SMiyagi SankenPrince 16 S
QPHitQP
Quingdao QPQuingdaoQuingdao QP
RaicaHitRaica
RealHitReal
RegentTougodoRegent
RocketHitRocket
RolanHitRolan
RolaneHitRolane
Rubina 16HitRubina 16
Rubix 16SugayaRubix 16
Rubix 16 Model IISugayaRubix 16 Model II
Rubix 16 Model IIISugayaRubix 16 Model III
Rubix DeluxeSugayaRubix Deluxe
Rubix HopeSugayaRubix Hope
RubyHitRuby
SatelliteTougodoSatellite
ShalcoTougodoShalco
ShayoHitShayo
ShimuraHitShimura
ShowaHitShowa
Sil-BearHitSil-Bear
Sing 388SingSing 388
SiratonHitSiraton
SNKHitSNK
SouthernHitSouthern
Souvenir of Old MexicoHitSouvenir of Old Mexico
SpeedexTougodoSpeedex
SpescoHitSpesco
SputnikHitSputnik
StarHitStar
Star-LiteHitStar-Lite
Star-Lite blueHitStar-Lite blue
Star-Lite GreenHitStar-Lite Green
StellarHitStellar
SterlingTougodoSterling
STUHitSTU
SunMRSSun
Sun 16MRSSun 16
Sun BSNKSun B
SwallowHitSwallow
TackerTSCTacker
TackerHitTacker
TakkaHitTakka
Tee MeeHitTee Mee
TeecoHitTeeco
TelstarHitTelstar
The bagHitThe bag
TinyHitTiny
Tokyo StarHitTokyo Star
ToneTougodoTone
ToyocaTougodoToyoca
ToyokocakyHitToyokocaky
TravelerTougodoTraveler
TravelerHitTraveler
TSCHitTSC
TsubameHitTsubame
TuxiHitTuxi
VestaGinrei KogiVesta
VistaHNSVista
WaitingHitWaiting
WalklenzTougodoWalklenz

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