Before Nikon: The Cine-Twin Was The First Camera/Projector Hybrid

The Coolpix S1000pj's built-in projector is an innovative first for digital cameras, but first combo honours go to the Wittnauer Cine-Twin 8mm film camera: special base and reel add-ons let it convert into a projector back way back in 1957.

Wittnauer was actually a famous jeweller of all things, and the expensive Cine-Twin was only sold in jewellery stores. Ultimately, the novelty wasn't enough to overcome practical concerns like price, huge D-cell batteries, and a delicate and expensive glass bulb.

Interesting extra: Even before the Cine-Twin, the Cinématographe film camera/projector/developer was invented by French inventor, Léon Bouly, back in 1892.

The more things change, the more they stay the same, right? [Retro Thing via OhGizmo!]

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