Germany 1934 – Compact – 35 mm – Very Rare.
Crafted by Otto Berning & Co. and later known as Robot, the Robot camera emerged in 1934 as a remarkable testament to innovation during its era.
Distinguished by its ingenuity, the camera employed regular 35mm film on a shorter stroke to create square 24x24mm frames. A standout feature was its distinctive clockwork mechanism for automated film advancement, enabling rapid succession of shots without necessitating a finger lift. In essence, the Robot 1 can be hailed as the pioneer of successful motorized 35mm still cameras.
This innovative attribute, coupled with the camera’s sturdy stainless steel construction, earned it a favored status, notably within the German military. Special versions found a home in the German Luftwaffe, underscoring its distinct utility.