Just found this little gem hidden in a little antique/bric-a-brac store and i had to have it!
It is the Olympus Pen EE and was first introduced in 1961. Its aim was to be the true point and shoot camera of the age with fully automatic exposure and fixed focusing. With its 28mm f3.5 lens all you needed to do was to dial in the film speed and the selenium meter surrounding the lens sets the correct aperture with a fixed shutter speed of 1/60. Or you could manually set the aperture from f3.5 to f22 with a fixed shutter speed of 1/60 also. A little later another model was introduced with 2 shutter speeds, 1/30 and 1/250, with 1/30 used when selecting an f-stop and 1/250 used when selecting a film speed. The only way to tell them apart was that model 1 had a leather looking leatherette on the body and model 2 went for a kind of basket weave looking body.
The Olympus Pen EE is a half frame format camera which means if you load it with a 24 exposure 35mm film you actually get 48 shots as each frame of the film gets split in half giving you two pictures per frame. Most developers, so long as you tell them shouldnt have a problem developing the films for you. The only thing that could go wrong is that instead of printing 48 full size prints they will print 24 prints with 2 pictures side by side on each.
Overall the Olympus Pen EE was the first half frame camera to be produced in Japan and it was also one of the smallest to use 35mm film in regular cassettes thus leading the way for many other manufacturers to follow.
All thats left is for me to stop waffling on and actually get out there and use the thing!!!!