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.

17th Century

Magic lantern (17th century – 1940s)

1830s

Microfilm (1839 – )

1850s

Ambrotype (early 1850s – 1880s)

Tintype (1850s – 1930s)

Photographic plate (1851 – 1990s)

Carte de visite (1854 – 1900s)

Stereoview (1850s – 1920s)

1860s

Cabinet card (1863 -early 1920s)

1870s

Cigarette card (1875 – early 2000s)

1890s

35mm film (1892 – )

1900s

120 film (1901 – )

1910s

127 film (1912 – 1970s)

1920s

9.5mm film (1922 – 1960)

16mm film (1923 – )

1930s

135 film (1934 – )

View-Master (1939 – )

1940s

Filmstrip (1940s – 1980s)

1950s

Slide carousel (1950s – 2000s)

Vistascreen (1955 – 1960s)

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)

1970s

Kalavox sound slide (1970s)

Talking View-Master (1970 – 1981)

Movie Viewer (1971 – 1985, 2014 -)

Polaroid SX-70 film (1972 – early 1980s)

110 film (1972 – 1990s)

Polaroid Polavision (1977 – 1979)

1980s

Disc film (1982 – 1988)

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

1990s

Photo CD (1992 – 2004)

Advanced Photo System (APS) (1996 – 2004)

Fujifilm Instax Mini (1998 – )

Polaroid i-Zone (1999 – 2006)

2010s

View-Master Virtual Reality Experience Pack (2015 – )