Point & Shoot

Here you will find a list of all the point & shoot film camera reviews that have been published on 35mmc. Point & Shoot film cameras are small and mostly pocketable. They are the more basic variety that allow the photographer to concentrate on just framing/composition.

A lot of point & shoot cameras are still very affordable, but it’s fair to say that some have fallen foul of become cultishly popular – often for very little reason beyond buying trends perpetuated through social media.

As with all the content on this website, if you find something of interest, you can find more similar products by clicking on the tags you will find at the bottom of the reviews.

Alfie Tych Preview – An Eccentric Camera that Fits in the Palm of Your Hand

The Alfie Tych launched on Kickstarter a few weeks ago, and has just a few days left. It’s a brand new, extremely compact, half frame film camera with, I hope, a bright future ahead of it. You can find the Kickstarter here, but if you’d like to know about this eccentric little pocket camera from my perspective, then read on!

The fraternal twins, Ricoh Mirai and Olympus AZ-4

Ricoh Mirai & Olympus AZ-4 Zoom Review – Fraternal Twins – By David Tellet

Ah the 1980’s when cars and cameras still had edges and when certain camera companies had the courage to design and produce unusual cameras. Case in point are these fraternal twins: the Ricoh Mirai and the Olympus AZ-4 Zoom.

I think the design goal was quite clear: design a compact, high quality camera with a long (for the time) zoom and a large amount of automation. It was designed and marketed as a solution to carrying an SLR and a bag of lenses.

Kodak Ektar H35 Review – Cheap Thrills with a Very Simple Camera – By Eric L. Woods

Full disclosure: The Kodak Ektar H35 is right up my alley. Why? I like inexpensive, minimalist, rudimentary cameras. This usually consists of older, low level gear like your odd Argus or Russian knockoffs. I had an Argus C3 and still have a C4. I currently have a few FEDs including a 2 and 5C and ZENITs E and KM, the latter being a hilariously awful camera and I heart it. But few new low cost film cameras interest me usually.

Canon Epoca – A Review of A Twice Owned Camera – by Phil Harrison

I blame Kosmo Foto! His article on Ten of the quirkiest compact film cameras reminded me I had once owned a Canon Epoca is a fun camera to use and working well for its age with a pretty good zoom lens. It’s quite heavy and a bit unwieldy but for cheap fun it’s hard to beat., it prompted me to look for a working model and I was lucky enough to find one in good order, they are not expensive, for £20. I found some of my photographs taken with this camera in 1992/3, there’s even a photo of me with the Epoca in it’s case around my neck.

Olympus iS-300

Olympus iS-300 Bridge Camera Mini Review – 7 frames with a 1990s ‘Grandpa Chic’ Camera – Matthew Bigwood

During one of my regular charity shop forays I spotted a boxed Olympus iS-300 bridge camera – a fixed-lens 35mm single lens reflex (SLR) dating from the late 1990s. It’s solidly built and handles nicely, though one review I found online somewhat unkindly describes it as being ‘grandpa chic’.

Launched in 1999 its was the seventh generation, and penultimate model, of Olympus’s iS series bridge cameras which launched in 1991 with the iS-1000 (also known as the iS-1 and L-1000 in different markets). Olympus referred to them not as an SLR but ZLR – zoom lens reflex. The Olympus iS-300 has a fixed, motorised 28-110mm autofocus lens with a variable aperture of f/4.5 – 5.6. Despite the relatively modest widest aperture the viewfinder image is surprisingly bright, brighter than some 35mm SLR cameras I’ve used from the same era. It was succeeded in 2002 by the final model in the range, the iS-500, a similar design but with a slightly longer zoom lens.

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