Kodak disc 4000 camera with film, 1982-1984.
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Having previously pioneered other innovations for amateur snapshot photographers such as the Instamatic camera and the 110 cartridge film camera, Kodak brought out its disc camera and film in 1982. The camera was designed to capitalise on the popularity of the operational simplicity and quick and easy film loading characterisics of Instamatics, combined with advances in film technology. In practice, the very small (8mm x 10mm) size of the negatives produced with disc film was unpopular, and Kodak stopped producing cameras for this format in 1990. Production of disc films ended in 1998. The 4000 disc camera had an aspheric lens of a type patented by Kodak, and featured a low-light sensor to automatically activate the flash.