Classic Cameras: Ensign Midget

9th January 2012

This is the first post in a new series to show you some of the cameras I have in my antique and classic camera collection, starting with one of my smallest cameras, the Ensign Midget.

The Ensign Midget is truly a pocketable camera and is still smaller than most of the modern small digital compacts. The Midget was launched in the mid 1930’s with the wonderful slogan “Wear it always… like your watch” and was manufactured until 1941 when the involvement with the war forced Ensign to stop manufacturing most of it’s cameras. You can read up on the full history and the different models on the Ensign historical site: Ensign Midget.

What makes this a treasured little gem in my collection, is that in addition to the miniature camera, I also have the original leather cover, box, manual, leaflets and even two rolls of film in their original box.


  • John Palmer
    Mar 27th, 2012 - 4:49 pm - REPLY

    Nice one, that Midget. (known as model 33). I also have the silvered version (model S/33) of this camera, and the Midget model 22. I also have a booklet, entitled Achievement, which was specifically issued to promote the Midget cameras. Model 55 is similar to the model 33, but was fitted with Ensar Anastigmat F/6.3 lens. It was advertised as traveller outfit in case for 4 films and with colour filter in mount. Accessories included a shutter release for time exposures, and a tripod attachment. Also offered was a complete Midget developing and printing outfit. Ensign never build a camera for miniature, and even the compact Midget was designed for roll film. Regards, John.