Japanese stereo cameras (edit)
on 16mm film CM-16 | Ricoreo 16
Stereo Alpen | Asahi Seimitsu | Inoca Stereo | Stereo Leader | Owla Stereo | Stereo Pluto | Stereo Rocca | Stereo Sankei
24×30mm Stecoon
3×4cm Stereo Hit
3.7×5cm Tokioscope
4.5×6cm Sun Stereo
8×12cm Idea Binocular | Sakura Binocular Prano
3×4 and 4×4, 4×5 and 4×6.5, 4.5×6, 6×6, 6×9 and plate ->

The Sun Stereo is a Japanese stereo box camera taking 4.5×6cm pictures on 120 film, advertised from 1935 to 1937 by Yamashita Yūjirō Shōten.


The Sun Stereo is a wooden box camera with twin lenses placed side by side.[1] According to the advertisements, it can take stereo pairs as well as single 4.5×6cm pictures. The advance key is placed at the top, on the photographer's left. There is a brilliant finder and a folding frame finder in the middle, and a handle on the left.

The shutter has T (time) and I (instant) settings. The speed selector and shutter release are certainly placed to the top, on the right of the brilliant finder. There is no diaphragm and the lenses are fixed-focus.[2]

The camera is covered in mottled green leather.[3] The alternative name Jittai Camera (実体カメラ) is written in Roman letters above each of the lenses.

The camera comes as a set with a stereo viewer, with a similar mottled leather covering.


The camera was offered by Yamashita Yūjirō Shōten in July 1935[4] under the name "Stereo Camera" (双眼カメラ or ステレオカメラ). The cost was ¥7, including the viewer.

In an advertisement dated October 1937,[5] the camera was offered as the "Sun Stereo Camera" (サン双眼カメラ or サンステレオカメラ) and the price was ¥12, viewer and case included.


  1. Wooden camera: Sugiyama, item 6004.
  2. No diaphragm: Sugiyama, item 6004.
  3. Green colour: Sugiyama, item 6004.
  4. Advertisement published in Asahi Camera, reproduced in Kokusan kamera no rekishi, p. 71.
  5. Advertisement published in Asahi Camera, reproduced in Kokusan kamera no rekishi, p. 74.



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