The Kodak Brownie Reflex non-synchronized camera was manufactured from May 1940 to Aug 1942 in the US. It had a simple Bakelite body camera with a main lens and a second-surface keystone reflecting mirror viewfinder. The viewfinder had a hinged sheet metal cover. The winder was on the base, which was removable for film loading. Note the lack of flash synchronization terminals below the main lens on the non-sync model...

The Kodak Brownie Reflex Synchro model was manufactured from Sept 1941-May 1952 in the US and from 1946 to May 1960 in the UK; some were also made in Canada. Thus overall the model had a 20 year production run. The synchro model had a two-pin flash connector below the taking lens, and had the shutter selector inverted.

The design was patented in 1940 by designer Henry O. Drotning as US Patent D119931.


  • Type: Twin Lens reflex (TLR)
  • Manufacturer: Kodak / Kodak Ltd.
  • Year of launch: 1940 (USA) / 1946 (UK)
  • Price: 5.25 USD
  • Film: 127 roll film
  • Format: 1 5/8" x 1 5/8" (4 x 4 cm)
  • Exposures: 12
  • Finder: reflex
  • Aperture: fixed
  • Lens: fixed-focus meniscus, 5 feet to infinity
  • Shutter: I (instantaneous) 1/30 sec and B (bulb mode)