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The Gami is one of the best specified subminiature cameras ever made, with more available accessories than most others. The camera gets its name from Galileo di Milano, its Italian manufacturer. Measuring 115x52x25mm and weighing 250 grams, it’s larger and heavier than most 16mm film cameras and shoots 12x17mm exposures on cassette-loaded film. Twin dials on the top set focus from 50cm to infinity and shutter speeds of 1/2–1/1,000 second. Another dial on the underside sets apertures from f/11 to f/1.9.


When not in use, a protective cover conceals the lens, which incorporates a slide-in yellow filter. Open the cover and the shutter can be fired three times in succession with a clockwork motor drive automatically winding the film between exposures. Closing the cover tensions a spring that drives the motor for the next three exposures. As if all this was not enough, the viewfinder contains a dioptre adjustment for different eyesights, a coincident image rangefinder and an extinction meter to guide you towards the right exposure.


Accessories include two clip-on telephoto lenses that convert the 25mm standard lens to 100mm and 200mm, close-up lenses, filters, right-angle viewfinder, neck chain, panorama and stereo devices, a flash attachment, underwater housing and a range of dedicated darkroom accessories.

1956: Gami 16

The Gami

open and

ready for action.


Actual size: a strip of Gami colour negatives discovered with the camera reviewed here.


The camera closed with the protective lens cover in place.

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