CIA Museum Gadgets & Devices: Cameras
This may sound too good to be true, but it is. Yes, a Pigeon Camera.
A camera small enough to be fitted to a homing pigeon was absolute genius. Surveillance photographs from aircraft were from thousands of feet, from satellites they would hundreds of thousands of feet, but a pigeon would not only be undetectable in a flock of common birds flying over a target, but the low heights that they flew would reveal detailed photographs. The camera technology enabled the timer to be set on a delay so that times could be worked out for exposure settings. The pictures remain classified to this day - maybe it didn't work. Perhaps we will never know.
Minox B Camera
This well well made, advanced camera was seen in numerous films during the 1960s, including the 1967 Casino Royale and On Her Majesty's Secret Service.
Walter Zapp's first prototype of the camera came in 1936. It could fit in the palm of a hand, took high quality photographs and was considered a brilliant piece of camera technology. When Minox launched the Subminiature Camera it was capable of taking 50 exposures from a film a quarter of the size of a standard 35mm film.