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Bell & Howell Electric Eye 127
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• First inexpensive auto-exposure still camera

• $80 in 1959 ($599 in 2010 dollars)

Seems to have been the first of a bunch of auto-exposure snapshot cameras introduced in 1959, to take advantage of improvements in color film, which required a lot more accuracy than what a fixed-exposure box camera could offer.

Called the Infallible prior to launch, but perhaps Bell & Howell thought that was going a bit too far.

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Review from Popular Photography, Jan. 1959Review from Modern Photography, Jan. 1959Article from Popular Science, Feb. 1959Article from Popular Science, Feb. 1959
Review from Popular Photography, Nov. 1959Listing in Sears Camera Catalog, 1959

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