Minox A is a small high-quality subminiature camera that is small enough to be hidden the palm of a hand. It was built by Minox in Germany between 1948 and 1969. It has the same size as the earlier Minox Riga and is therefore the smallest subminiature camera ever made by Minox. The camera is also known by its numerical denominator: II or III (I was the original Minox Riga). body of the camera is made of aluminium rather than stainless steel. It measures only 82 x 27 x 15 mm – when closed – allowing it to be concealed in the palm of a hand very easily.
Prior to shooting pictures, the camera has to be opened by pulling it outwards from both ends. When ready, it has to be pushed-in again, after which it advances to the next frame, even when no picture was taken. This undesired feature, or anomaly, was also present in the successor – the Minox B – but was fixed in the later Minox C.
The Minox A-II was produced from 1948 to 1950, and was succeeded by the A-III that was in production from 1951 to 1954. In 1954, the A-III was followed by a special variant for the US market, the A-IIIS, which had a flash-synchronisation connector. It was in production until 1969.