The Coronet Midget camera (sometimes referred to as the Coronet Midget Sub-Miniature camera) was a popular camera in the 1930s made by the The Coronet Camera Co. The cameras were made of bakelite, were small and compact, making it easy to carry around. The camera was also affordable, originally costing five shillings, which made it accessible to a wide range of people. The Coronet Midget was simple to use, and its light weight made it easy to hold steady while taking a picture.
The camera took a six exposure film, produced high-quality images, and its relatively low price made it a popular choice for amateur photographers. However, the Coronet Midget had some drawbacks. The camera was not very rugged, and it did not have a lot of features. In addition, the Coronet Midget did not take advantage of new developments in film technology, which made it less popular as time went on. Nevertheless, the Coronet Midget remains an interesting piece of history, and it is still prized by collectors today.
Most Coronet Midget Cameras were the same design although was some variation in the film was wound with handles and knobs but the main interest to collectors is the variation in colour. The cameras are quite appealing and when put together showing the various colours available they look great. The rarity of colours goes from black to brown to red to green and then blue being the hardest to locate.
We take a look at some Coronet Midget Cameras examples along with a realised auction Coronet Midget Cameras price guide. (Click for current Coronet items on ebay).
Coronet Midget Cameras price guide
Black bakelite model £40-£60
Brown bakelite model £40-£60
Red bakelite model £80-£120
Green bakelite model £80-£120
Blue bakelite model £200-£300