Kodak 110 Instamatic Cameras
Following the almost runaway success of the 126 Instamatic cameras, Kodak introduced the 110 cartridge in 1972 with both black & white and colour print emulsions as well as slide film. Based on a similar principle to the 126 cartridge, improvements in film technology meant an acceptable image could be made on 16mm film, enlargeable at least to enprint size, but in a much smaller package, for convenience. Kodak's range went from the most basic of snapshot cameras, which are very capable of excellent results, right through to range-finder cameras with wide-aperture lenses. So popular was the format that more than 25 million cameras were produced within three years.
In Germany, many of these models are referred to as Ritsch-Ratsch because of the sound the film-wind mechanism makes. Some other manufacturers even produced SLR cameras in this format. Many Kodak 110-cartridge cameras have a four-character "camerosity" date-code, usually inside the film compartment, though on some it is inside the film door near the hinge, or under the winder. On some models, three small recesses may be noted, often containing letters. Kodak supplied a sheet of self-adhesive initials with these cameras so that the owner could personalise their camera.