Kodak 4000 Disc Camera
Manufactured from 1982 to 1989 by Eastman Kodak Co. When introduced, they made a big splash—in less than 10 years, they were gone. They featured a 15 exposure flat “disc” of film using new film technology to get acceptable images from it 8x10mm negative size. Some of this film technology was later introduced into the 35mm line of films making them even sharper and producing better images on a bigger negative. Ironically, that improvement and Kodak’s own introduction of inexpensive 35mm cameras may have led to the Disc camera’s demise. The cameras featured very high quality glass lenses and had built in lithium batteries (yes, if you’re batteries went dead, you’d have to send the camera off for service to get them replaced)—that, too, a new technology. The batteries seems to be the “long term” winner for this camera line—on a cameras you find today, most are still working 20+ years later. These three models were “the originals” as initially introduced by Kodak in the US. The Disc 4000 was the basic camera. The Disc 6000 featured a built in cover and was in a “sexy” black. The Disc 8000 featured a close up lens (which, when engaged adjusted the viewfinder view for parralex correction), a self timer, a cover (closing it reset the focus to “distant” setting to help avoid out of focus shots) and an alarm clock built into the cover. It also had a gold colored finish to the metal parts.