Hobbies: The Presto Picture

Ever since amateur photographers began to turn their backs on the Brownie, U.S. and foreign camera makers have concentrated on ever more gadgetry. But all too often the array of index numbers, knobs, dials and levers simply befuddled the Sunday photographer, and that telephoto shot of Versailles developed into a study in black. The industry's answer: sophisticated but carefree cameras that require little more than clicking the shutter. At the International Photographic Exposition in New York last week, every company from Agfa-Gevaert to Zeis-Ikon was showing off automated midgets.

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