Imperial 620

Imperial 620 and Imperial Herco 620:

The Imperial 620 box camera.

The Imperial Six-Twenty Snap Shot camera was made in the USA. It’s completely plastic, right down to it’s cute little plastic handle. It’s 2 3/4″ wide 3 1/8″ deep and 3 3/8″ tall (not including the viewfinder). There are absolutely no settings to have to fiddle with on this camera. No “b” setting, no sunny / cloudy…nothing. There are two little clips on the sides on the camera that swing aside and the back comes off. It takes 12 square images on, yup, you guessed it, six-twenty film. I rather like this camera. It’s lightweight, sporty and perfect for a sunny outing with the dog.

Our ever-changing beach.

I’ve always thought the Imperial 620 Snap Shot camera was cute, cute, cute. I’ve seen it with different variations of the name and when I found one labeled “Herco Imperial 620 Snap Shot” in Mitchell, South Dakota for the right price, I snapped it up. It had some super old, partially exposed film in it. I finished off the roll and re-loaded with some re-spooled Kodak 400VC. (Here’s a link to a how-to video regarding respooling 120 film onto a 620 spool.)

The Herco Imperial 620 Snap Shot camera. I like the little styling whoop-dee-doos below “Imperial”. This 620 Snap Shot camera accepts a flash attachment – which I do not have.


This was from the film that had been in the camera when I found it. I thought, “Could it be Notre Dame? Could it be some ancient Roman ruin?” Oh wait … no. It’s one of the images that I took. Idiot. It’s a shot of the Corn Palace in Mitchell, ND.
Absallooke Nights Casino. Crow Agency, MT.


Little Bighorn Battlefield , Montana.


Fairburn Cemetery. Fairburn, South Dakota.
Fairburn Cemetery. Fairburn, South Dakota. Here’s something funny. The viewfinder is pretty worthless. The interior film plane has some sharp areas that have scratched the film as it was advanced. I notice from the negatives that I must’ve forgotten the images are square as some are rotated 90% to a horizontal position. So, the shape of the camera body leads one (me) to believe that the images will be rectangular. But they aren’t. And the worthless viewfinder helped not one iota.
Bee hives.


Someplace along the way.
On the way to Port Townsend, WA.


On the way to Port Townsend, WA.


How do you like them apples? (Did I neglect to mention there’s a bit of a light leak issue?)


On the way to Port Townsend, WA.

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Multitask shooting – Port Townsend, WA


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