A camera that has ambitions to become a classic has to feature an ingenious design which will enthuse photographers for years to come. The first product to carry the MINOX name was a subminiature camera conceived in 1922 and finally invented and produced in 1936 by the German-Latvian Walter Zapp - the legendary designer who wrote photographic history with his revolutionary invention of the first "Ur-MINOX" (first-generation MINOX) in 1936. The ingenious idea was to be seen in its dimensions. A camera smaller than a cigar and weighing less than a cigarette lighter. And featuring an excellent lens. This was a stroke of lasting genius - as the MINOX ECX and the MINOX CLX Special Edition still proves today.