The Edixa 16 was designed and developed by engineers and technicians of Wirgin in Wiesbaden and its subsidiary company Franka in Bayreuth. The famous camera constructor Heinz Waaske was the leading of its developers. It was sold as Edixa 16. Later versions were sold as Edixa 16 with a capital letter or a combination of two letters giving the type name. The alka 16 (made for Karstadt warehouses) and the franka 16 were similar to the Edixa 16 U.
When it appeared on the market it was the smallest European 16mm camera. Its main accessory was the miniature selenium meter. The coupled version of the meter had a second pointer which could be brought in line with the meter's needle by turning the camera's exposure selector. This way the right exposure time and aperture could be found. The earlier models had just a light value selector for exposure control. The Edixa 16 M and MB (since 1967/68) had separate selectors for shutter speed and aperture. Other controls were the distance selector and (since 1963) a flash aperture lever. The camera's small dimensions could only be reached by separating controls for speed and distance from shutter and lens. This was Heinz Waaske's miniaturization method which he later used successfully again for the construction of the Rollei 35.
- Type: subminiature viewfinder camera
- Manufacturer: Franka Bayreuth, since 1967 Wirgin Wiesbaden
- Year of launch: 1962
- Film: cassettes for unperforated 16mm film for 21 12×17mm exposures, film speeds 9 to 100 ASA
- Shutter: special sector shutter with speeds 1/30 to 1/150 sec.
- Viewfinder: bright frame with parallax marks
- Meter: selenium meter
- Edixa 16, 16 M, 16 MB: coupled meter with match needle pointer
- Edixa 16 U: uncoupled meter with light value scale
- Film advance: advance lever and little rewind facility on camera bottom
- Dimensions: 84×38×25mm
- Weight: 185g