Left handed camera

We get loads of request for a left handed camera, with the shutter button on the left side so it can be pressed with the left index finger.

The Yashica Samurai film camera of the late 1980s is one of the only ones to have been in regular production but it was very expensive for what it was and was not a success.

We did at one time stock a left-handed 35mm film camera that had been made very cheaply and was almost a throw-away item, but even though the price was very low it was not worth selling as there were so many problems with it - the last thing you want is to find that you cannot actually get the photos you have taken printed!

Samsung have recently launched a digital video camera that can be used equally well left handed and right handed and you can see more details on the Samsung Q10 left handed digital video camera here.

We have approached some of the major manufacturers over the years and the answer is always that the small percentage of lefthanders does not justify the cost of development and production of a different model.

If you know any more about left handed cameras please add a comment below.

 

 

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  1. David Roberts says:

    Hi, I suffer from M.S. and have lost some feeling in the fingers of my right hand, which now makes it very difficult for me to take photographs using my right hand. I have just purchased a s/h I Phone 4s, off Ebay which gets a very good write up for its 8mp camera and of course has a touch screen shutter release…. I am awaiting its arrival! I have also come across, the JVC Addixxion Action 8mp camera/camcorder GC-XA2BE @£194.99, which the online retailer assures me can be used left or handed…..it looks as though it can, as the shutter is on the left! This will be my fall back camera, if the I Phone 4s camera, is no good!

  2. Don Craig says:

    Hi everyone, just picked up on this thread so apologies for timing.
    1. I used a LH Yashica Samuri for many years and was very happy with it An added bonus was that as it was half frame, it doubled the capacity of a roll of film. As an amputee (right arm) this was a great feature as changing film was fiddley.

    2. I’m using a Kodak Z i 8 pocket video camera. Operation is by one switch in the middle of the back of the camera so it can be used by either L or R handed users and is VERY easy to use. It’s pretty good on quality of results although a bit notchy when zooming. With an extra battery and memory cards (the built in memory is TINY) and case I paid £130 3 years ago and consider it good value for money.

    Cheers and hope this helps.

  3. Andrew Hodkinson says:

    I am not left-handed, BUT I am blind in my right eye, and more to the point I have a pretty large nose. Conventional cameras require me to place the body of the camera completely in front of my face in order to look through a view-finder with my left eye. Cameras with digital screens are little better as they tend to be on the left-hand side of the camera back. No-one is going to make a left-handed camera, and if they did I wouldn’t be able to afford it. Some sort of accessory to bring a view-finder over to the other side of the camera just might be possible surely.

  4. Richard Bramwell says:

    Has anyone seen or tried the new Canon PowerShot N? Its design means it can be used any way up, right- or left-handed.

  5. Tom Hurley says:

    I am a professional photographer and I am ambidextrous but I am very very left eyed, the only left handed camera that I have come across and have the good fortune to own is the Mamiya Universal Press film camera but I’m still looking.

  6. Lew Stamp says:

    I am a professional photographer, and facing a right thumb surgery. I searched on line and found nothing. So I ordered a camera flash bracket with a wrist strap which will mount under camera using the tripod socket on either the right “or the left”. I also ordered an electronic camera shutter release cord. After carving away the front of the flash grip with a Dremel tool, which took all of ten minutes, I mounted the electronic release in it’s place and secured it with black electrical tape. The result in not as ergo-dynamicaly balanced as the right handed, built in camera grips, but it is workable.

  7. Eric Wilson says:

    My brother has been struggling with right handed cameras for years, he only has the use of his left hand. This has meant using them upside down etc. He got some money for his birthday so we went looking to see if there was anything new on the market. He said he wanted something that could also take video clips, and this prompted us to look at cheapish video cameras…. we found several possibilities, Sony Bloggie (expensive), but with the button on the back and so could be used either hand, but settled for the Panasonic HX-DC1, which is a ‘pistol’ style with still and video buttons on the back, (where the hammer would be). I got him to try using it and, WOW, what a revelation. Yes it is really a right handed camera, but SOO MUCH EASIER TO USE. Maybe it should be advertised as Lefty friendly.