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"Flash Camera Doryu 2-16",

Doryu a demon of the forests, now a very unusual camera design.

Circa 1955. Doryu Camera Co. Ltd., Japan. Unusually designed subminiature camera in shape of a pistol. Flash cartridges like bullets. 16-mm film in special cassettes, picture size 10 x 10 mm, Dorymar wide angle lens 2,5/17 mm, shutter 1/25-1/100 sec. and B. Very rare and extraordinary subminiature camera.  

- Literature: M. Pritchard, "Spy Camera", p. 147. – Absolutely rare and unusual !














Flash cartridges are carried like bullets in a special magazine and detonate in large Bangs! Andō says that the noise produced by the Doryu flash system varies with the weather, and is much lower than that of an actual pistol.





The pistol camera DORYU 2-16  variant of Mr. Ryu Koakimoto-san.

The following research is a 16mm camera like a joke.
This police camera has another construction variant.
The DORYU 2-16 has the same C mount as the 16mm movie camera.
A Cine-Nikkor 25mm F1.4 lens was able to be mounted in the DORYU 2-16 pistol camera.
You can find the small lens for GOLDECK 16 on the table.
These lenses are also compatible with DORYU 2-16 pistol camera.

A pistol camera DORYU 2-16 with Cine-Nikkor 25mm F1.4

A pistol camera DORYU 2-16 with Cine-Nikkor 25mm F1.4

Engraving of DORYU 2-16
Engraving of DORYU 2-16

A pistol camera DORYU 2-16
The pistol camera DORYU 2-16 Variant

Mr. Ryu Koakimoto and DORYU 2-16
Mr. Ryu Koakimoto and DORYU 2-16












Another Pistol type camerais the Mamyia Police camera.









 Pictures taken from Shashin Kōgyō March 1955, in an article by Andō Katsuyasu.



And full instruction drawings.



We see how the flash works using the “Kapsel-Blitz” bullets,

and the assembly guide.



And there were the  Doryu 3 !



Shashin Kōgyō March 1955

The Doryu 1 (ドリウ1) or Doryu 1-9.5 (ドリウ1-9.5) is a pistol-shaped camera taking 9.5mm film, completed in 1952 by the Doryu company at prototype level only, and predecessor of the Doryu 2-16. (The camera itself has markings identifying it as a "Doryu 3", and some sources have wrongly inferred that it was made in 1955 or 1956, after the model 2.)