Comparison of the Most Popular Point and Shoot Film Cameras

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If you’re new to the world of point and shoot film cameras, welcome! We’ve got all of the info to get you up to speed. And even if you’re already acquainted, there’s sure to be something to catch your eye.

There were many, many 35mm point and shoots produced and it can be difficult to find the right camera for you. Whether you’re looking for the best point and shoot film camera under $100, or the best that money can buy, we’ve got you covered.

We’ve gathered a list of the most popular models, as well as the most important specs you’ll need to compare them.


Here’s what we’ve included:

Year: The year that the camera was first released

Lens: The focal length and available aperture of the lens

Flash: Does the camera have a built in flash or does it require a separate flash?

Film Speeds: The range of film speeds accepted by the camera

Shutter Speeds: The range of shutter speeds (although many are selected automatically by the camera)

Battery: What type and how many batteries required for the camera to function

Weight: How much the camera weighs, in grams (454 grams = 1 pound)

Dimensions: The dimensions of the camera in millimeters (Length x Height x Depth ) (25mm = 1 inch)

Price: An estimate of the price of the camera in 2021. Prices are always fluctuating, but this is our best estimate after reviewing the price trends of each camera on eBay.

$ = $100 or less

$$ = $100 – $250

$$$ = $250 – $500

$$$$ = $500 – $1000

$$$$$ = $1000 +

$$$$$$ = Contax T3

Check out the list below, arranged in alphabetical order.


Canon AF35M

One of our favorite cheap point and shoot film cameras, the Canon AF35M may not have the cult status of some of the others on this list, but it’s still a solid little camera. Our only real complaint is the max film speed of 400 can be a bit restrictive.

Canon AF35M Point and Shoot film camera
Canon AF35M by Edwin Tee ( CC BY-ND 2.0 )

Year: 1979Lens: 38mm f/2.8Flash: Built-In
Film Speeds: 25 – 400Shutter Speeds: 1/8 – 1/500Battery: 2 x AA
Weight: 405gDimensions: 132 x 77 x 54mmPrice: $

Canon MC

Especially with the optional flash attached, the Canon MC serves some serious ’80’s nostalgia. Without the flash, the MC is an easily pocketable point and shoot camera that produces great photos.

Canon MC Point and shoot film camera
Canon MC by Ronny Olsson ( CC BY 2.0 )

Year: 1984Lens: 35mm f/2.8Flash: Separate
Film Speeds: 64 – 1000Shutter Speeds: 1/8 – 1/500Battery: 2 x AA
Weight: 255gDimensions: 106 x 65 x 42mmPrice: $

Contax T2

Probably the most beloved series on this list, the Contax T point and shoot film cameras were truly something special. While the T2 is certainly cheaper than its older sibling, the T3, prices for any Contax T have absolutely sky rocketed.

Contax T2 point and shoot film camera
Contax T2 by Calvine Wu ( CC BY-ND 2.0)

Year: 1991Lens: 38mm f/2.8Flash: Built-In
Film Speeds: 25 – 5000Shutter Speeds: 8s – 1/500Battery: 1 x CR123
Weight: 295gDimensions: 119 x 66 x 33mmPrice: $$$$$

Contax T3

The holiest of grails in the 35mm point and shoot world, the Contax T3 is definitely the most sought after compact film camera ever made. We had to make a separate ranking for the price of this camera, because it’s that much more costly than the rest. An incredible piece of gear that has unfortunately been swallowed whole by the hype surrounding it.

Contax T3 Point and Shoot film camera
Contax T3 by Tomohisa Suna ( CC BY 2.0 )

Year: 2001Lens: 35mm f/2.8Flash: Built-In
Film Speeds: 25 – 5000Shutter Speeds: 16s – 1/1200Battery: 1 x CR2
Weight: 230gDimensions: 105 x 63 x 30.5mmPrice: $$$$$$

Contax TVS

Often left out of Contax’s list of incredible cameras, the Contax TVS deserves a bit more attention. One of the few options on this list without a fixed lens, the ability to zoom on a point and shoot is unique and enjoyable. It doesn’t hurt when that zoom happens to be a legendary Carl Zeiss T* lens.

Contax TVS Point and Shoot film camera
Contax TVS by Classic Photographic ( CC BY 2.0 )

Year: 1994Lens: 28 – 56 mm f/3.5 – f/6.5Flash: Built-In
Film Speeds: 25 – 5000Shutter Speeds: 16s – 1/700Battery: 1 x CR123
Weight: 400gDimensions: 124 x 67 x 41.5mmPrice: $$$

Fujifilm Klasse

Fujifilm’s entries into the point and shoot film camera market stick out a bit from the rest. The Fujifilm Klasse, with its odd switch on the front of the camera and its f/2.6 aperture, is a unique model that takes incredible photos.

Fujifilm Klasse Point and Shoot film camera
Fujifilm Klasse by Benny ( CC BY 2.0 )

Year: 2001Lens: 38mm f/2.6Flash: Built-In
Film Speeds: 50 – 3200Shutter Speeds: 1/2 – 1/1000Battery: 1 x CR2
Weight: 250gDimensions: 123 x 63.5 x 37mmPrice: $$$$

Fujifilm Natura

The Fujifilm Natura is one of the last released compact film cameras on this list, as seen in its Y2K-era digital camera aesthetics. The version pictured below has a 28mm – 56mm zoom lens, the more popular (and more expensive) version has a 24mm f/1.9.

Fujifilm Natura Point and Shoot film camera
Fujifilm Natura by Kanonn ( CC BY-ND 2.0 )

Year: 2001Lens: 24mm f/1.9Flash: Built-In
Film Speeds: 50 -3200Shutter Speeds: 1s – 1/360Battery: 1 x CR2
Weight: 195gDimensions: 109.5 x 58 x 37mmPrice: $$$$

Konica A4

While the Konica A4 is not quite as popular as the Konica Big Mini line it inspired, it’s still a great choice for a 35mm point and shoot. Most specs are the same as the Big Mini, with the biggest difference being the A4 has less range of shutter speeds.

Year: 1989Lens: 35mm f/3.5Flash: Built-In
Film Speeds: 50 – 3200Shutter Speeds: 1/3 – 1/500Battery: 1 x CR123
Weight: 193gDimensions: 117 x 63 x 36mmPrice: $$

Konica Big Mini

The Konica Big Mini has a simple design and an extremely lightweight body. That lack of weight makes this compact camera a little bit delicate, although it takes great images.


Konica Big Mini Point and Shoot film camera
Konica Big Mini by Quentin Servant ( CC BY-SA 2.0 )

Year: 1990Lens: 35mm f/3.5Flash: Built-In
Film Speeds: 50 – 3200Shutter Speeds: 3.6s – 1/800Battery: 1 x CR123
Weight: 188gDimensions: 115 x 63 x 34mmPrice: $$

Konica C35AF

The first point and shoot film camera to feature autofocus, the Konica C35AF was miles ahead of the pack. Still a great choice, the Konica C35 is one of the best point and shoots under $100.

Konica C35 Point and Shoot film camera
Konica C35AF by Zaphad1 ( CC BY 2.0 )

Year: 1971Lens: 38mm f/2.8Flash: Separate
Film Speeds: 25 – 400Shutter Speeds: 1/30 – 1/650Battery: 2 x AA
Weight: 380gDimensions: 112 x 70 x 52mmPrice: $

Konica Hexar

What happens when you combine a 35mm rangefinder with a 35mm point and shoot? The Konica Hexar is what happens. It’s the biggest, heaviest camera on this list, giving it a more substantial feeling in your hands.

Konica Hexar by Yoppy ( CC BY 2.0 )

Year: 1993Lens: 35mm f/2.0Flash: Built-In
Film Speeds: 6 – 6400Shutter Speeds: 30s – 1/250Battery: 1 x 2CR5
Weight: 495gDimensions: 137.5 x 76.5 x 64.5mmPrice: $$$$

Leica Minilux

Dawning the famous red dot (with a price tag to match), the Leica Minilux is a high end point and shoot film camera. The 40mm lens is one of the longest on this list, a great do-it-all focal length, that also produces super sharp images.

Leica Minilux Point and Shoot film camera
Leica Minilux by Wutthichai Charoenburi ( CC BY 2.0 )

Year: 1995Lens: 40mm f/2.4Flash: Built-In
Film Speeds: 25 – 5000Shutter Speeds: 1s – 1/400Battery: 1 x CR123
Weight: 330gDimensions: 124 x 69 x 39mmPrice: $$$$ – $$$$$

Minolta TC-1

Unique in it’s futuristic-looking, pop-up lens design, the Minolta TC-1 is a beautiful point and shoot camera that creates images just as fantastic looking. Beloved for its bokeh, you can’t go wrong with the TC-1.

Minolta TC-1 Point and Shoot film camera
Minolta TC-1 by Lordcolus ( CC BY 2.0 )

Year: 1996Lens: 28mm f/3.5Flash: Built-In
Film Speeds: 6 – 6400Shutter Speeds: 4s – 1/750Battery: 1 x CR123
Weight: 185gDimensions: 99 x 59 x 29.5mmPrice: $$$$

Nikon 28Ti

Nikon’s “Ti” line of point and shoot film cameras were phenomenal – everything, from the exterior styling to the incredibly accurate metering system, was ahead of its time. The analog display on top of the camera catches our eye every time we see it. The 28Ti comes in black and (obviously) has a 28mm focal length.

Year: 1994Lens: 28mm f/2.8Flash: Built-In
Film Speeds: 25 – 5000Shutter Speeds: 2s – 1/500Battery: 1 x CR123
Weight: 315gDimensions: 118 x 66 x 36mmPrice: $$$$

Nikon 35Ti

You could’ve probably guessed that the Nikon 35Ti has a focal length of 35mm – the other specs are more or less the same as the 28Ti. This one comes in a silver color with black accents.

Nikon 35Ti Point and Shoot film camera
Nikon 35Ti by John Nuttall ( CC BY 2.0 )

Year: 1993Lens: 35mm f/2.8Flash: Built-In
Film Speeds: 25 – 5000Shutter Speeds: 2s – 1/500 Battery: 1 x CR123
Weight: 310gDimensions: 118 x 66 x 36mmPrice: $$$$

Nikon L35AF

The Nikon L35AF is one of our favorite point and shoot film cameras under $200. We’ve written a full review of the L35, check it out here.

Nikon L35AF and L35AD film cameras

Year: 1983Lens: 35mm f/2.8Flash: Built-In
Film Speeds: 50 – 1000*Shutter Speeds: 1/8 – 1/430Battery: 2 x AA
Weight: 335gDimensions: 125.5 x 73 x 53.5mmPrice: $$

*Early models only allowed film speed 50 – 400


Olympus Trip 35

The Olympus Trip 35 is a great option for a cheap point and shoot film camera. Released over five decades ago in 1967, it’s a simple camera with manual focus, only two shutter speeds, and no batteries required to operate.

Olympus Trip 35 Point and Shoot film camera
Olympus Trip 35 by Dave See ( CC BY 2.0 )

Year: 1967Lens: 40mm f/2.8Flash: Separate
Film Speeds: 25 – 400Shutter Speeds: 1/40 or 1/200Battery: None
Weight: 410gDimensions: 116 x 70 x 57mmPrice: $ – $$

Olympus XA

The Olympus XA line of cameras are incredibly compact and produce great looking photos. The biggest difference between the original version and the XA2 is that the XA uses a manual, rangefinder focus system.

Olympus XA Point and Shoot film camera
Olympus XA by Kirk Olson ( CC BY 2.0 )

Year: 1979Lens: 35mm f/2.8Flash: Separate
Film Speeds: 25 – 800Shutter Speeds: 10s – 1/500Battery: 2 x SR44
Weight: 225gDimensions: 102 x 64.5 x 40mmPrice: $ – $$

Olympus XA2

Replacing the f/2.8 lens with a 35mm f/3.5 and a three-zone, manual focus system, the Olympus XA2 built on the great reputation of its predecessor. Between the two versions, the XA2 is a little easier to use if you’re unfamiliar with shooting on a rangefinder.

Olympus XA2 Point and Shoot film camera
Olympus XA2 by E Magnuson ( CC BY 2.0 )

Year: 1980Lens: 35mm f/3.5Flash: Separate
Film Speeds: 25 – 800Shutter Speeds: 2s – 1/750Battery: 2 x SR44
Weight: 200gDimensions: 102 x 65 x 40mmPrice: $$

Olympus μ[mju:]-II

The Olympus μ[mju:]-II, also known as the Olympus Stylus Epic, is one of the best point and shoot film cameras of all time. Released to great acclaim in the late 90’s, this award winning camera sold exceptionally well, and as a result, there were plenty of used models available in years past. Well, the secret’s out, and the prices have continued to rise as they become harder and harder to track down.

Olympus Mju-II Point and Shoot film camera
Olympus μ[mju:]-II by Akairom

Year: 1997Lens: 35mm f/2.8Flash: Built-In
Film Speeds: 50 – 3200Shutter Speeds: 4s – 1/1000Battery: 1 x CR123
Weight: 135gDimensions: 108 x 59 x 35mmPrice: $$$

Ricoh GR

If you’re interested in street photography, the Ricoh GR is one of the best point and shoot film cameras you can find. There have been a handful of versions with minor changes, always maintaining the fantastic 28mm lens and a similar, comfortable size and shape.

Ricoh GR Point and Shoot film camera
Ricoh GR by Zebrio ( CC BY-SA 2.0 )

Year: 1996Lens: 28mm f/2.8Flash: Built-In
Film Speeds: 25 – 3200Shutter Speeds: 2s – 1/500Battery: 1 x CR2
Weight: 175gDimensions: 117 x 61 x 26.5mmPrice: $$$

Ricoh R1

While Ricoh is well known for their GR line of cameras (both film and digital), they produced some other interesting models that are worth checking out. The Ricoh R1, for example, has a dual lens that gives you option to switch between a 30mm macro and a 24mm panorama.

Ricoh R1 Point and Shoot film camera
Ricoh R1 by James Kendall ( CC BY-ND 2.0 )

Year: 1994Lens: 24mm f/8 / 30mm f/3.5Flash: Built-In
Film Speeds: 50 – 3200Shutter Speeds: 2s – 1/500Battery: 1 x CR2
Weight: 145gDimensions: 117 x 61 x 25mmPrice: $$

Rollei 35

The oldest camera on this list, and one of the smallest, the Rollei 35 is hardly bigger than a deck of cards. A beautiful, ’60’s design in a miniature package, this compact film camera always turns heads.

Year: 1966Lens: 40mm f/3.5Flash: Separate
Film Speeds: 25 -1600Shutter Speeds: 1/2 – 1/500Battery: 1x PX625
Weight: 370gDimensions: 97 x 60 x 32mmPrice: $$$

Yashica T2

The only Yashica T series camera that’s even remotely affordable anymore is the first iteration, the Yashica T2. Nowhere near as beloved as later versions, the T2 still gives you many of the same features you’d expect from its older siblings.

Year: 1986Lens: 35mm f/3.5Flash: Built-In
Film Speeds: 50 – 1600Shutter Speeds: 1/8 – 1/500Battery: 1 x 2CR5
Weight: 300gDimensions: 132 x 73 x 48mmPrice: $$

Yashica T3

Slightly smaller, lighter, and with a wider shutter speed range, the Yashica T3 took everything good about its predecessor and made them even better. The T3 is unique among the other versions for its 35mm f/2.8 lens.

Year: 1988Lens: 35mm f/2.8Flash: Built-In
Film Speeds: 64 – 1600Shutter Speeds: 1s – 1/630Battery: 1 x 2CR5
Weight: 275gDimensions: 128 x 57.5 x 52mmPrice: $$ – $$$

Yashica T4

Last but not least, the cream of the Yashica crop, the cult-favorite Yashica T4. These fantastic point and shoot film cameras featured, among other things, a Carl Zeiss T* lens and a waist-level viewfinder (located on the top of the camera). Another unfortunate example of an incredible camera that’s become hyped up past the point of return.

Yashica T4 Point and Shoot film camera
Yashica T4 by Images George Rex ( CC BY-SA 2.0 )

Year: 1990Lens: 35mm f/3.5Flash: Built-In
Film Speeds: 50 -3200Shutter Speeds: 1s – 1/700Battery: 1 x CR123
Weight: 190gDimensions: 118 x 64.5 x 39.5mmPrice: $$$ – $$$$

Did we miss any important point and shoot film cameras? Let us know your favorites in the comments!

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