A 35mm camera really means it takes 35mm film. This size film is the most popular basic film format that is usually used in motion pictures and still photography. There is a wide range of 35mm cameras to choose from as just about every camera manufacturer produces them.
The 35mm format was originally called the Edison size, as it was introduced to the world of photography by Thomas Edison well over 100 years ago. The film is cut into 35 millimeter wide strips that have six perforations per inch along the film's edges. The film came about when an Eastman Kodak 70 mm roll film was cut in two. Four round perforations per frame were then cut into the film's edges and the flattened perforations originated around 1900. The film is used horizontally for normal photography use and each frame has an aspect ratio of 2:3. These cameras can range in price from under $10 to several thousand.