Founded in 1915 as Karl Braun KG,...
Founded in 1915 as Karl Braun KG, factory for optical devices and metal goods, the company manufactured binoculars and semi-finished products, also for the radio industry. After World War II and the currency reform in 1948, the Karl Braun KG company became the Carl Braun Camera factory in Nuremberg.

BRAUN Photo Technik + reflecta GmbH

It all started with box cameras from the Imperial and Ideal brands. followed by the models Norca, Pax and Paxina 6 x 6. In 1950 the production of the extraordinarily successful 35mm cameras of the Paxette brand began. The program ranged from viewfinder cameras with and without interchangeable lenses to single-lens reflex cameras.

Parallel to camera production, the development and construction of slide projectors began. In 1955, Carl Braun Camera-Werk Nürnberg launched one of the first semi-automatic slide projectors with a magazine under the Paximat brand name. Further innovations in slide projector technology were devices with cable or radio remote control, with automatic focusing, the use of even brighter halogen lamps and devices with stepless brightness control of the projection lamp. In 1983 the Paximat Multimag caused a sensation in the slide projector market. For the first time it was possible to use all important magazine systems in one slide projector.

In addition to the high-quality Paximat Multimag models, the inexpensive slide projectors from the Novamat series have also established themselves on the market. Above all, the Novamat devices with built-in daylight screens are extremely popular.

To date, over 4 million slide projectors have been built and sold in 120 countries around the world. The brand names Paximat and Novamat now hold a leading position in the slide projector market. The range of slide accessories was also expanded around the range of slide projectors, such as fade control devices, high-quality projection lenses, projection screens, projection tables, slide frames, slide magazines and an automatic slide framing device. The Braun projection program was systematically expanded with the addition of the most modern overhead projectors in 1999.

In addition to the successful introduction of Braun digital cameras and digital accessories, the Braun Multimag SlideScan 3600 has caused a stir in the market since mid-2003. This scanner was developed on the basis of the Paximat Multimag slide projectors and, for the first time, enables slides to be scanned directly from six different slide magazines. The Braun Multimag SlideScan slide magazine scanner thus bridged the gap between conventional slide photography and the digital medium, which became an important mainstay for the company in the future. The successor model Braun Multimag SlideScan 4000 followed in March 2005 and in 2012 the Braun Multimag SlideScan 6000, consistent further developments now with even higher resolution, digital ICE technology or Magic Touch dust and scratch removal, as well as a higher scanning speed.
In 2004 the company changed its name to BRAUN Photo Technik GmbH, moved into new premises in Nuremberg and from that point on began to expand its range as a full-service provider in the multimedia sector. In 2006, the success story around the topic of digital picture frames started, which continues to this day and is an example of the long-term product cycles at BRAUN. From 2007, the BRAUN binoculars made a very successful return to the diverse product range and enjoy unbroken popularity. Early on, BRAUN was one of the first to offer a trendy action cam with an underwater housing for a broad group of buyers. The first model was placed on the market in 2010, with the portfolio of action cams being constantly updated to this day.

2016 saw the move to a newly completed performance center in Baden-Württemberg.

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