5 Best Point And Shoot Film Cameras in 2023!

Last Updated on August 4, 2023

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Every day a point and shoot freak is born, and there’s no way to blame them, because what these little cameras do is amazing. That is why we have decided to make a list of the five best point and shoot film cameras of 2023.

Point And Shoot Film Cameras

Point and shoot cameras became fashionable since their appearance, back in the early 1980’s.

Since then, the niche has grown and evolved, expanding not only for hobbyists or for domestic use, which was for whom it was originally intended. We will see high-end cameras also designed for professionals and more specific branches.

We will analyze each camera according to which user it is most recommended for, and we will evaluate its most relevant points and its weakest points.

Contax T2

Contax T2 Silver version
Contax T2 / Silver

The Contax T2 is a legend among 35mm compact cameras. Launched in 1990, its legacy has been crucial in the existence of other point and shoot cameras and the recognition of this sector in the field of photography.

With a Carl Zeiss lens of 38mm and a maximum aperture of f/2.8, it offers advanced features like aperture priority and manual focus adjustment (from settings). Its titanium design makes it attractive for its compact and durable size, making this camera one of the most reliable in the market.

Contax T2 specs

With a shutter speed range from 8 seconds to 1/500th, it can handle a wide range of lighting conditions, from low light situations to fast-moving scenes. It possesses a high-quality lens (Carl Zeiss 38mm f/2.8) that has little to envy from larger professional cameras, providing exceptional sharpness and contrast.

The Contax T2 is one of the best point and shoot film cameras, not because it excels in every technical aspect, but because the sum of all its features results in a favorable overall score. That’s why its successor, the Contax T3, is not on this list, as although it has features that surpass the T2, it fails to maintain a balance in other aspects.

Overview

Values:Durability, diversity in functions, quality of materials, size
Weak point:You cannot manually set the use of its maximum aperture
Recommended for:Beginners and enthusiasts

Price

The T2 can reach prices ranging from $800 to $2000 depending on its physical condition.

Check prices of the T2 on Amazon.

Olympus Stylus Epic

Olympus Stylus Epic front
Olympus Stylus Epic | Black version

This Olympus Stylus Epic does not have much to envy the Contax T2 in terms of focus and light metering precision, in terms of design and construction materials it certainly falls short, since it is made mostly of plastic.

But it shines in the ability to measure light efficiently. And of having a size capable of entering any pocket to be used almost immediately. One of the most sought after 35mm point and shoot cameras on the internet.

The Olympus mju-ii (which is how it is known in Asia) was launched in 1997, selling about 4 million units in its two variants, white and silver. The appeal of this camera is in its fast 35mm f/2.8 lens.

Olympus Stylus Epic specs

It has a firing speed of 1sec to 1/1000th/sec. and in night scenes up to 4 seconds. It is programmed by default to fire the flash if light is needed, but this function can be disabled so that a lower speed can be chosen without using it. Although it has the problem that it has to be adjusted every time the camera is turned on, which can be tedious for some.

Overview

Values:Very compact, reliability, fast
Weak point:Not very configurable
Recommended for:Beginners

Price

The average price for the Olympus Styles Epic is between $100 – 500.

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Yashica T4

yashica t4 front
Yashica T4 with Tessar lens 35mm f/3.5

The Yashica T4 at first glance it may not seem like a very interesting camera, since the plastic body, how light it is and the overall design are not very obvious. Rather, not an ugly camera at all, it just looks like a common compact camera.

But then you read that it wears a Carl Zeiss lens and you pay more attention to it, a very high class lens for a compact camera.

We can say that it is a simple camera with a good lens and that it also has a powerful flash. However, it has become popular thanks to its simplicity and clarity, thanks to photographers like Terry Richardson who use it to express spontaneity with a wild tone.

Each camera has its own character and its own cultural niche, but let’s talk a little about its characteristics, which although they are few.

Yashica T4 specs

It has a shutter speed that goes from 1sec to 1/700th/sec, Autofocus of 3 points and as we said before. A Carl Zeiss 35mm f/3.5 lens with 4 elements in 3 groups.

And it has a special feature is that it is waterproof, which indicates that it really is an all-terrain camera. Some use it for fashion photography and others for hiking in the mountains.

Overview

Values:Carl Zeiss lens, compact
Weak point:Manufacturing materials
Recommended for:Beginners

Price

You find a Yashica T4 between the price of $400-800 in the online market.

Buy it on Amazon

Nikon 35Ti

Nikon 35Ti point and shoot camera
Nikon 35Ti | On, lens out

The Nikon 35Ti is one of the most feature-rich cameras on this list, it’s made of titanium just like the Contax T* and arguably in direct competition with them. It has a 35mm f/2.8 lens made of 6 elements and 4 groups and is one of the strengths of this camera.

It has very advanced features for a point and shoot camera, almost like a rangefinder. The most interesting are undoubtedly being able to shoot in aperture priority mode and having 3D matrix metering.

It is similar to the Nikon 28Ti (which is a standalone model), with the small difference that the 35Ti produces virtually no edge vignetting. something the 28Ti does. But they are technical niceties.

35Ti specs

Super sharp 35mm f/2.8 lens, shutter speeds ranging from 2 sec to 1/500. Aperture priority, bulb, matrix metering, 2 dedicated buttons for flash activation, among many other very specific functions.

Overview

Values:Pro functions, Lens quality
Weak point:Price, not very beginner friendly
Recommended for:Advanced enthusiasts and Professionals

Price

Currently de Nikon 35ti can be found at a price of around $700-1000.

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Buy it on KEH Camara

Olympus XA2

olympus xa2 front
Olympus XA-2 without flash unit

If we talk about the Olympus XA2, we will say that we are facing one of the most unique cameras in the world of point and shoot cameras, because before mentioning that it is point and shoot, it is compact, very compact. In addition, it is considered the smallest rangefinder camera that exists.

And while it doesn’t have autofocus, since it’s a camera released in 1980, long before point and shoot cameras became popular, it does have features that make it interesting.

For example, the fact that the type of focus is manual of 3 distances, portrait, medium distance and landscape. They make it ideal for street photography, since it can be used as a pre-focus camera, and adapt it to the condition of our subject to photograph.

Olympus XA2 specs

It has a 35mm f/3.5 lens that aims to act in conjunction with the focus distances, and especially to support the middle distance and ensure a focus as accurate as possible.

The shutter speed in this camera is between 2 min to 1/750th/sec, and it uses the classic LR44 batteries for this purpose.

Overview

Values:Compact, versatility
Weak point:Limited focus (which can also be an advantage)
Recommended for:Advanced enthusiasts

Price

The estimated price for a Olympus XA2 is $80-200 in the second-hand market.

Buy it at KEH Camera

More Point and Shoot Film Cameras

In this list we will find cameras that in some cases have nothing to envy to the previous five, but due to lack of accessibility in the market or because they do not have a balance in their features, they are not in the main list.

But many of the cameras you will find on this list are specialists in what they can do, meaning they have a feature that stands out and makes them the best in that aspect.

Ricoh GR1

Ricoh GR1 black version

The Ricoh GR1 is considered a high-end point-and-shoot camera, featuring a 28mm f/2.8 lens with a multitude of focusing capabilities. The camera itself enjoys very extensive configurable functions, both for focus and metering. It has a very sturdy body and an optimal grip for holding it in the hand during long periods.

The GR1 is a cult camera primarily used by professionals and is not particularly beginner-friendly, which translates to it not being as popular in the market.

Main FeaturePrimary Use
Manual pre-focusing at different distancesStreet Photography

Canon Sure Shot A1

canon sure shot a1

It is a fully automatic camera launched in 1994 that comes with protection against harsh climates. Although it is branded as an underwater camera, in truth it is a camera that can be used for any situation and in all of which it does a magnificent job.

Its focus is precise and the results are pleasing. The only drawback it has compared to most cameras is its robust size.

Main FeaturePrimary Use
Waterproof, submersibleUnderwater Photography

Leica MiniLux

leica minilux

It is a camera released in 1995, it looks and feels like the German style that the Contax T models carry. It is a Leica so we can get an idea of the quality. The only cons to this camera are the tiny viewfinder it comes with and the lack of availability on the market.

It features a superior quality 40mm f/2.4 lens, built to Leica’s high standards

Main FeaturePrimary Use
High-quality lensPortrait Photography

Yashica T3

yashica t3

The Yashica T3 was launched in 1988 and it is from there that the Yashica T models begin to gain importance. It is undoubtedly a cult chamber that bears a certain stamp of rebellion.

It is fast, precise and hits all kinds of circumstances. It does not have many cons in relation to the new models, only at the design and size level. It even has possible advantages in relation to the T4 or T5 models, since it has a 2.8 lens, instead of a 3.5, and an N.A Scope viewfinder, with which it is possible to focus as if it were a TLR.

Main FeaturePrimary Use
Swift flash shotCandid Photography

Minolta Big Mini

minolta big mini f

Launched in 1997, the Konica Big Mini F is one of the cameras that benefited little from the hype of point-and-shoot film cameras, and it’s really worth keeping an eye on. It has a 35mm f/2.8 and a fairly sober and clean design for the time.

It also has a very portable size that makes it very attractive to carry in your pocket. Not everyone is looking for it and it is not that there are too many on the market, however it is not that difficult to find an eBay or Amazon at a good price.

Main FeaturePrimary Use
Minimum Focusing Distance: 35cmMacro Photography

Author: Jorge Ferrufino

Jorge Ferrufino

I am a fashion photographer and an analog photography enthusiast since the beginning of my career (15 years ago). I have had the opportunity and honor of showcasing my work in various galleries and publications around the world.

Regular contributor for Dusty Grain.


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