Minox Subminiature Digital Cameras
By James Grahame
Minox is famed for their sub-miniature "spy" cameras. The company got its start in Latvia in 1936. Their cameras were favored for clandestine photography during WWII, and they restarted the line in Germany after the war. Their tiny 8mm x 11mm film is still available and they continue to produce several sub-mini film cameras. But they've gone digital.
Their most interesting models are fully-functional digital replicas of classic Leicas (they were part of the Leica family until 2001). I really like the look of the 1:2.5 scale M3 -- it weighs under 100g and includes a 3.2 MP digital sensor (interpolated to 4.0 MP). The viewfinder is optical, simply because there's nowhere to hide an LCD on a device this small. The 3.0 MP version of this little gem is available direct from their online store for 259 euros.