Colorburst 100

Instant film camera
Date of appearance: 1978
Trademark: Kodak
Manufacturer: Eastman Kodak Company
Made in: Rochester, New York, USA
Introductory price: $45
Dimensions: 125 × 88 × 165 mm
Weight: 850 g
Materials: metal, leather
Colors: black
Film: Kodak PR-10
Keywords: camera, cameras, instant camera, kodak
Tags: featured

The Kodak Colorburst 100 was made during Kodak’s relatively brief foray into instant film. Kodak’s instant film was designed to be exposed from the back which meant that they could make their instant cameras more compact than Polaroid’s which had to accommodate a mirror for their front-exposing film. Unfortunately, none of that mattered when Polaroid filed a lawsuit against Kodak for patent infringement in 1981. After nearly a decade of deliberation, Kodak eventually lost in court and had to cease production of all instant film and related products as well as pay $925 million in damages to Polaroid (around $1.5 billion in today’s money). It was also known as the Kodak EK100, a nearly identical model but has meter markings surrounding the lens along with feet markings. It was made in the USA and Canada, until 1980. Its design scheme is similar to many of Kodak's cameras that use 126 film. Exposure and focus control is with sliders on the face of the camera. Sliding the focus control rotates the lens indicator to the corresponding distance markers. The viewfinder uses an unusual circular spot system to aid in focusing head shots. It used PR10 (PR144) film. Flash was provided via a Flipflash socket on top of the camera. The Kodak Colorburst 100 cost $45 in 1978 (about $160 in today’s money). The camera came with its original leather carrying case along with user manual and other assorted papers. Source:

Colorburst 100