Ilford Sprite 127
The Sprite 127 is of very simple grey plastic construction, with a single snapshot shutter speed and a single element plastic meniscus lens with 2 apertures, adjustable via a sliding lever below the lens. The apertures are probably around f16 (for faster speed monochrome film) and f11 (for slower colour film). The sliding lever is correspondingly marked ‘Colour’ & ‘B & W’. The camera provided 12 square negative 4x4cm on 127 roll film. The film is wound on manually, using the top-mounted knob, and centred to each new picture area by aligning the appropriate number in the rear red window. It sold for £1.3s.6d (£1 .18p) (price extracted from Andy Holliman’s information).
The longitudinal film path is curved, as can be seen in the right-hand picture above. This both provides a pleasantly curved shape to the camera body while also providing a means of ‘correcting’ curvature of field from the simple lens, in one dimension at least.
The Sprite 127 was manufactured in England by AGI (Agilux) of Croydon. AGI sold the same camera but named it the Colt 44.