Miranda Camera Company
Native name
Miranda Camera K.K.
Company typeKabushiki Kaisha
IndustryPhotography, imaging
PredecessorOrion Camera K.K. and, previously, Orion Seiki Sangyō Y.K.
Founded1955; 69 years ago (1955) in Tokyo, Japan
FounderOgihara Akira,
Ōtsuka Shintarō
DefunctDecember 1976 (December 1976)[1]
ProductsCameras and photographic equipment
ParentAllied Impex Corporation
Miranda Sensorex which featured interchangeable prisms

The Miranda Camera Company (ミランダカメラ㈱) , originally named the Orion Camera K.K. (オリオンカメラ㈱) in 1955 and Orion Seiki Sangyō Y.K. (オリオン精機産業有限会社) in 1947, manufactured cameras in Japan between 1955 (69 years ago) (1955) and 1976 (48 years ago) (1976). Their first camera was the Miranda T. Many of their products were single-lens reflex cameras for 135 film (35 mm). Unlike many Japanese made cameras, Miranda did not make their own lenses and had to rely on other manufacturers to supply them.

Miranda produced a line of quality 35mm still cameras; a range of over 30 models between first prototypes in 1953 through to the last production model in 1976.[2] Many had advanced or sophisticated features for their day. Almost all Miranda SLR's shared the same basic lens mount, but the mount complexity increased over the years to accommodate more aperture and metering controls.

All of their SLR cameras, except the dx-3, had interchangeable pentaprisms (released by moving a button or twisting the base of the film rewind knob), and a unique dual lens mount; an external bayonet mount or a 44mm thread mount within the mirror box.

Unable to keep up with the increasing manufacturing automation of the larger manufacturers, and the increasingly sophisticated electronics of competing cameras, Miranda ceased production on December 10, 1976.[3]

Later use of brand by Dixons

In the early 1980s, the British electrical and photographic retailer Dixons acquired the rights to the Miranda brand and used it on a range of photographic equipment.[4][5] This included badge-engineered versions of Cosina cameras which were distributed in several European countries.[6]

As of May 2011, Dixons Retail (later merged into Dixons Carphone which in turn became today's Currys plc) still had the rights to the brand in several countries[5] but no longer used it and planned to sell the brand off.[4]


  1. ^ "History of Miranda". Collection Appareils. Sylvain Halgand. 2022-11-25. Retrieved 2024-02-26.
  2. ^ "Miranda Sensorex". Collection Appareils. Sylvain Halgand. 2022-11-25. Retrieved 2023-10-25.
  3. ^ "History of Miranda". Collection Appareils. Sylvain Halgand. 2022-11-25. Retrieved 2024-02-26.
  4. ^ a b "Dixons to flog off old 'brands' Miranda and Saisho". Archived from the original on 2021-03-09. Retrieved 2018-08-31.
  5. ^ a b "Case details for Community Trade Mark E29447". UK Intellectual Property Office. Archived from the original on 2012-06-14. Applicant: DSG Retail Limited [former name of Dixons Retail] [..] List of Goods or Services [..] Photographic and cinematographic apparatus and instruments; parts and fittings for all the aforesaid goods; tripods, flashguns, lenses and fitted holdalls, all for photographic and cinematographic apparatus. [..] Seniority Details: [Austria, Benelux, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Greece, Italy, Portugal, United Kingdom, France, Spain, Sweden]
  6. ^ "Miranda Camera from Dixons UK". www.mirandacamera.com. Archived from the original on 2011-05-04. Retrieved 2018-08-31.