Vivitar PS 35 Overview: A Modest But Reliable P&S

Last Updated on November 9, 2023

The Vivitar PS:35 Auto Focus 35mm is a straightforward, affordable point-and-shoot film camera that harks back to the mid-1980s in both design and functionality.

Manufactured in Korea, it offers a no-frills approach to point-and-shoot photography, making it an excellent choice for beginners.

Vivitar PS 35 Specs

Year Release1986
Film Type35mm film
Lens35mm f/3.8
ISO ControlManual ISO control
Film AdvanceAutomatic film advance with motor winder
FlashBuilt-in flash unit with on/off button
Flash Ready IndicatorLED indicator for flash readiness
Focusing SystemAutomatic focusing
Exposure ControlAutomatic exposure
Exposure IndicatorExposure indicator in the viewfinder
Power Source2 x AA batteries
Film RewindManual rewind slider for film rewinding


The camera is equipped with a 35mm f/3.8 lens, allowing for reliable image capture in various lighting conditions. Its manual ISO control provides flexibility for adjusting to different film speeds. Additionally, the automatic film advance motor winder simplifies the process of advancing your film, reducing the need for manual winding.

A key feature of this camera is the built-in flash unit, which can be activated with the flash on/off slider. A flash ready indicator informs you when the flash is prepared for use. While the flash is not of the pop-up variety, its activator is easy to locate, ensuring a quick response when needed.

The camera’s automatic focusing and exposing capabilities streamline the photography process, enabling you to concentrate on framing your shots. To monitor your exposure, there is an exposure indicator on the left side of the viewfinder, providing essential information at a glance.

Operated by 2 x AA batteries, the Vivitar PS:35 is convenient and accessible. Its design, which evokes the aesthetics of the Yashica T3 (which would be released two years later), offers a classic and timeless look. While predominantly available in black, some versions are available in maroon and grey, providing a touch of variety to cater to different tastes.

Vivitar PS 35 Photos

Approximate Price

  • Between $20 to $50 bucks.

The PS 35 is still known as a simple but practical camera for beginners. Its ease of use and affordable price make it a great option for those starting in point-and-shoot 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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