Introduced in 1932 the Ensign Autospeed camera was a focal-plane shutter rollfilm camera producing negatives 6 9cm. It was offered with lenses ranging from an Aldis Uno Anastigmat to a Zeiss Tessar at a cost of £14 10 0 to £21 0 0. The benefits of the camera were stated as 'all the advantages of the press camera for quick work and none of its disadvantages. The automatic film winding mechanism enables successive shots to be made very rapidly, and the high speed shutter and fast lens enable pictures to be made in any light'.
The first patent for the camera was taken out on 19 January 1929 and the second on 2 July 1929. The former described the pressure plate which was pushed into position by the depression of the shutter release, the latter described the speed setting and winding mechanism of the focal plane shutter.
The Autospeed was renamed the Auto-Range with the addition of a coupled rangefinder from 1935. Further models were listed from 1937. This camera would appear to date from 1934-1935 and bears features of the Autospeed and first version of the Auto-Range camera.