George Hare was granted British patent number 3035 on 27 June 1882 for a portable folding camera. The patent described the camera which consisted of: 'a back frame connected by a bellows body to the front. The base board is hinged to the bottom front edge of the back frame, and is angled at its rear edge to enable the plate to be fixed at any angle. The base board and back frame are held at the required angle to each other by a link at one side of the camera The front of the camera is guided by a plate working in a groove in the base board, and is moved by racks and pinions. The guide-plate may be clamped by a thumb-screw acting on a plate or runner on a slide working in the base board. When the camera is folded down against the back frame, the bracket may be folded over it and held by a hook or catch.'
Hare had a high reputation for his cameras and after he brought out his New Patent camera in August 1885 the British Journal of Photography wrote: 'Little need be said of Mr. George Hare's Patent Camera, except that it forms the model upon which nearly all the others in the market are based'. Although many copied the design only a few designers added their own improvements recognising the quality of Hare's design.
Hare described his camera as: 'the best and most compact camera ever invented' and stated that since its invention it had received several important modifications in construction. Within a few years of its introduction it had been awarded three silver medals and one bronze medal. The camera sold for £6 0 0 for the 5 x 4 inch model rising to £13 5 0 for the 15 x 12 inch model. Brass binding was extra.
A modified version of the camera was still being advertised in the 1890s.