Wide Angle Point and Shoots — Pt. 1 — Budget Autofocus Cameras

Recently I have been trying to find a nice wide angle point & shoot camera to use for documenting my very long moped commute in LA. I have been as thorough in my search as I could manage and below are my notes from the process. This post documents the cheaper mass produced cameras, I wish I knew which of these below had plastic versus glass lens but I think a good number may have plastic lenses. I will follow up with another post with the medium fancy/very fancy models.

Oh yeh the rules of the game. These are all film cameras (35mm film). The cameras have lens that are 32mm or wider. Only fixed lens cameras are listed–so NO zooms allowed! On this post I am looking at Autofocus (AF) cameras. This post is also limited to Budget models.

This is Part 1 of a 3 part series. Part 2 covers Higher End Models (mostly AF but a couple zone cameras thrown in). Part 3 covers Budget Fixed Lens cameras, verging farther into Toy Camera territory.

A common thread with many of the cameras below is that they accept a limited range of film ASA types (100 and 400 ASA being the most acceptable) and feature a camera design that makes turning off the flash more difficult. Anyways the individual cameras vary, this is a general observation. Also the shutter and aperture are fixed on many of these. . . sometimes only one of these, sometimes both, sometimes neither. . . . often it’s hard to tell exactly. . .
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Canon Sure Shot AF-10 (2003)
26mm lens, f-stop 6 (fixed), shutter 1/40 to 1/250
(3 elements in 3 groups)
One source states it accepts 100 and 400 ASA film only. The pictures on flickr from this camera are real nice. Canon really rocked the world with the Sure Shot cameras and this one seems like a keeper. As noted above fixed f-stop of f6. Don’t seem to be many of them around, for whatever reason.
Picture of camera and notes on photo.net
Review of camera w/ photos
Photos tagged “Canon AF-10” on Flickr
Canon Sure Shot AF-10
Photo by uncoolbob on Flickr
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Canon Sure Shot M — Prima Mini — Autoboy F
Canon Sure Shot Sleek — Prima Mini II — Autoboy F XL
32mm, 3.5 f-stop
(3 elements in 3 groups)
The second version of the Prima Mini is a better design: easier to turn off the flash and there is a lens cap/slider thing. I wrote about these before.
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Fuji Clear Shot 60 (2000)
28mm, f-stop 5.6, 1/100 to 1 second shutter (?)
Specs on ephotozine

Fuji Clear Shot 70 (2003)
28mm, f-stop 5.6
Hard to find much info about these.
The whole Clear Shot Line up
clear shot 60_
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Fuji Clear Shot S Autofocus (2004)
26mm, f-stop 5.6 (fixed), shutter 1/70 (fixed) or 1/4 in “night portrait mode”
Looks like it only takes 100-400 ASA film. Firing the camera with the back open it seems like the f-stop is fixed at 5.6. The slow shutter is accessible by manually putting the camera in “night portrait mode”. On Flickr there seem to be many more photos from Japan than the States. This “Clear Shot S Autofocus” is a good find, with its 26mm lens. I like photos from the camera a lot (links below), lots of vignetting and distortion at the edges. There are two models of this camera, a fixed focus “Clear Shot S” and an AF “Clear Shot Autofocus”. Wish this one was easier to find in the states.
Camerapedia page for the Sure Shot S
Spec sheet on Fuji page!
Fuji page with the current Clear Shot models
Photos from Flickr, Clear Shot S
More “Clear Shot S” on Flickr
“Clear Shot S” photos on Lomography
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Konica U-Mini AF (1993)
28m, f-stop 6.7 (fixed), shutter: 1/180, 1/60 and 1/60 plus flash
(3 elements)
People are kinda harsh on the lens but the pictures from this one look decent to me. Better 2 shutter speeds–than just one! There is also a fixed focus version of this camera.
I am guessing that the EU-Mini (fixed focus) is very similar to U-Mini AF?
Very short review w/ photos
Search for Konica U-Mini on flickr, looks like most of the photos are from fixed focus version
Konica u-mini af
Photo by Taiwan’s Riccardo on Flickr
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Minolta AF101R (1994)
28mm, f-stop 5.6, shutter fixed at 1/125
This is one of the more cheaply available wide angle point & shoots. Based on the page from the manual page posted on flickr it only accepts 100 and 400 ASA film. This is a pretty basic little camera, takes nice photos based on the samples below.
Page from manual with specs
Wikipedia page on this camera
Discussion of the flash control that you push/pull while taking photo
Nice set of photos taken w/ this camera
Photos tagged AF101R on Flickr
minolta-af-101r
Photo by Eduardo Urdangaraway on Flickr
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Minolta AF50 Big Finder
27mm, f-stop 5.6, shutter 1/250 to 1/40
100 and 400 ASA. This one seems to be fairly widely available. The AF35 Big Finder is similar but with a fixed shutter of 1/100 and f-stop of 6.3.
Nice rundown of specs
Some photos on Flickr from this one
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Nikon AF220 & AF230 — Fun Touch 4 & Fun Touch 5 (1995 & 1997)
29mm, f-stop 4.5
Lower end Nikon cameras, guessing it is a very simple camera. Affordable and available.
The Fun Touch series
Rundown on Nikon site
Some photos from the AF230 on Flickr
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Nikon AF240SV & AF250SV — Fun Touch 6 & Fun Touch 7 (1999 & 2002)
28mm, f-stop 5.6, shutter fixed at 1/100 (I think)
This is a lower-end Nikon that sported a fixed 28mm lens. I can’t find any more specific specs but I like the images from it.
Camerapedia page
A run-thru of the Nikon compacts
Some photos taken w/ this camera
Nikon AF 250 SV N° 1497
Photo by Berjacq on Flickr
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Olympus Trip XB40 and XB41 (2000)
27mm, f-stop 6.3, shutter fixed at 1/100
(3 elements on 3 groups)
Another simple camera, looks like it only supports 100, 200, and 400 ASA film. The XB41 has a self-timer. This camera is widely available, seems a little more on the toy camera side of things.
Camerapedia page for the XB40
Specs on Olympus page
A set on Flickr by Sibokk
Olympus Trip XB 40 AF
Photo by Free Photo Fun on Flickr

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Olympus Trip AF50 (2000)
28mm, f-stop 5.6, shutter fixed at 1/100, 100-400 ASA only
(3 elements on 3 groups)

Olympus Trip AF51 (2000)
28mm, f-stop 5.6, shutter 1/40-1/140, 100-400 ASA only
(3 elements on 3 groups)
Two very similar cameras by Olympus, the AF51 has more available shutter speeds. This cheap little camera seems like it just might be OK. No way to turn off the flash on the AF50, guessing its the same on the AF51. I found a reference to the AF50 clearly indicating that it has both fixed shutter and fixed aperture. As noted above the AF51 supports multiple shutter speeds. There are also the Trip AF60 and Trip AF61 out there as well, these seem to be very similar beasts.
Specs on the AF51 from Olympus
Press release from Olympus
The whole Trip 35 autofocus line up
Some photos on Flickr by A.DGVNNS
Some more photos on Flickr
Olympus Trip AF50
Photo by matthewpickard on Flickr
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Pentax PC-550 (1999)
28mm lens, f-stop 5 (fixed), fixed 1/100 shutter
(3 elements in 3 groups)
Only accepts 100,200, 400 ASA film. This is another cheapo wide angle point and shoot (one reviewer got his new at Walmart for $20). Looks like the aperture and shutter are both fixed. Photos are surprisingly good from such a simple camera.
The PC-330 is very similar, but fixed focus and with a 26mm lens.
Somewhat helpful review
Specs from manual
1 2 3 4 5 Sets on Flickr!
Pentax PC-550 , Pentax PC-330
Photo by Paul Clayton on Flickr
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Pentax PC-5000
27mm
My guess is that this is an update of the PC-550 with a slightly wider (27mm) lens. I am thinking it is very similar otherwise, not able to find any specs yet.
The Pentax PC-3000 is worth noting too. It is fixed focus and has a 25mm lens. Very neat.
Camerapedia page on the PC-5000
A handful of photos on Flickr

The whole Pentax PC line up!
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Samsung Fino 30SE
28mm, f-stop 4.5, shutter 1/125 of a second
(3 elements on 3 groups, all glass lens)
3 way switch on the front. Looks like an upgrade to the Fino 20SE, but now with AF. Again the viewfinder is described as a 80% viewfinder. Samsung owned Rollei from 1995 to 1999, so Samsung cameras from this time period are well regarded and may or may not have Schneider lenses. In any event this camera brand is supposed to be decent bang for your buck from this time period. The Fino 35SE and Maxima 35SE appear to be the same camera but with a self-timer. Seems like the shutter is indeed fixed at 1/125 (as per very middle of this forum page).
Page with specs from the manual
Samsung fino 30se
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Samsung Fino 30S – Maxima 30S
30mm, f-stop 4.5
(3 elements on 3 groups, all glass lens)
This is the one with the two flash buttons on the front. The “Maxima 33S” looks like very similar model, with a self timer. My hunch is that the fixed focus version of this camera is the Fino 20s/Maxima 25s (see Part 3 of this survey). Limited to 100 and 400 ASA.
Some wild pictures from this camera
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Samsung Maxima 40 AF
30mm, f-stop 4.5
A different body style. The distinguishing element of this one is the panorama mode, which evidently was a sought after option on point and shoots at that period of time. It also can shoot macro. This seems like a higher end model of the fixed focal length Samsungs, I wonder if it features multiple shutter speeds?
samsung maxima 40
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The web post that started this all rolling was: The ultimate list of wide angle cameras, page 3
Again if you have bigger budget or are just curious about higher end models check out Part 2 with more expensive wide angle point and shoots and Part 3 — Budget Fixed Focus Cameras with more budget cameras.

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