I laughed uncontrollably when I took delivery of this beast of a
camera. I'd been expecting it to be a compact thing (you know how you
can't tell the scale of things on ebay, innit?) but it's HUGE!
The Hanimex Amphibian is, as the name suggests, a camera that can be used on land or under water. It can probably also be used as a blunt-force weapon, because it weighs more than a kilo and feels much like a brick.
I suppose this was a low-cost alternative to the Nikonos when it was launched. The specifications aren't too bad, actually. The lens is a 35mm with a max. aperture of f/2.8. Curiously, it's not a true point n' shoot camera. The focus distance is set manually and so is the aperture, although there is no visual feedback from the uncoupled viewfinder. Some LEDs on the back do at least indicate over- or under-exposure, but I think the shutter speed is fixed. This example looks like its taken on a few dives, perhaps on to a concrete floor as well as underwater, but the O-ring seal seems to be undamaged. Since I'm not a great swimmer, I'll probably use this camera for some rainy-day street photography with added comedy value. It only cost £4.76, which is not much more than the price of the included postage.
I'll add more details to the Camerapedia page when I've found my instruction booklet.