Film Formats

16mm film (detail)Film formats for still photography and motion picture recording and playback.

Dates are approximate and refer to availability in the UK or Europe where known, otherwise for US or elsewhere.

Magic lantern (17th century – 1940s)

Microfilm (1839 – )

Ambrotype (early-1850s – 1880s)

Tintype (1850s – 1930s)

Photographic plate (1851 – 1990s)

Carte de visite (1854 – 1900s)

Stereoview (1850s – 1920s)

Cabinet card (1863 -early 1920s)

120 film (1901 – )

127 film (1912 – 1970s)

9.5mm film (1922 – 1960)

16mm film (1923 – )

135 film (1934 – )

View-Master (1939 – )

Filmstrip (1940s – 1980s)

Slide carousel (1950s – 2000s)

Vistascreen (1955 – 1960s)

Microfiche (1961 – 2000s)

126 film (1963 – 1988)

Show’N Tell (1964 – 1980s)

Americom 8mm Home Movies (1965 – late-1960s)

Single-8 (1965 – 2012)

Super 8 (1965 – )

Technicolor Sound Movie Cartridge (1968 – 1970s)

Tape-slide set (1960s – 1980s)

Kalavox sound slide (1970s)

Talking View-Master (1970 – 1981)

Movie Viewer (1971 – 1985, 2014 -)

110 film (1972 – 1990s)

Disc film (1982 – 1988)

Talking View-Master Electronic 3-D Viewer (1984 – late 1980s)

Photo CD (1992 – 2004)

Advanced Photo System (APS) (1996 – 2004)

Fujifilm Instax Mini (1998 – )