5 Point and Shoot Film Cameras Fujifilm Should Bring Back
Fujifilm gets a pretty bad rap these days from the film photography community. So, it’s easy to forget that from the 1980s to the early 2000s, Fujifilm produced some of the best cameras ever made: medium format, point and shoots, the extraordinary Xpan, and a sack full of other interesting goodies.
I often wonder what it would be like if Fujifilm ever started up the production lines again on their cameras. Which ones would they bring back? Here are five point and shoot cameras I’d love to see made again.
- Price at launch: unknown
- Price in July 2022: $50-100 USD
- Pros: cheap, good lens
- Cons: get the second version of this camera unless you like soldering
The Fuji DL-200 may not look like much, but this was a revolutionary camera 40 years ago. Released in 1983, it was known as the Fuji Cardia in Japan. The DL200 had not one, but two ingenious features that made it foolproof for beginners.
It’s thought to be the world’s first drop-in loading camera. So what’s drop-in loading? It’s the feature that many film shooters didn’t know they needed. In fact, most of us don’t. The back door of the camera only opens just wider than the width of a film roll, allowing you to drop the canister in. When you close the door, the camera works its magic and loads the film for you.
The second feature was even more curious. Like many future Fujifilm cameras to come, the camera featured film a pre-winding safety system. This is where after the film was loaded, it was wound all the way to the last frame, which was then exposed first. As you take photos, your exposed frames are wound into the canister. That means that if you did accidentally open the film door, your precious memories were safe.
As for power, the DL-200 was powered by two CR123A batteries. However, there was a catch: the batteries were soldered into place inside the camera. That’s right, you had to send your camera back to a Fujifilm dealer to have the battery changed. Hopefully, this wouldn’t happen too often, as Fuji estimated that the battery was good for about 1,000 shots or 5 years, whichever came first, presumably.
Fujifilm Natura Black F1.9
- Price at launch: $350 USD
- Price in July 2022: $400-850 depending on condition
- Pros: compact, light, fast lens, NP mode
- Cons: no aperture priority mode, no way to manually set film speed
The Natura S line was launched in 2001, followed soon after by the Natura Black. It quickly became known as the moonlight camera, as it sports one of the fastest lenses ever seen on a point and shoot: f/1.9 The camera was such a big deal for Fujifilm they even renamed their Superia 1600 film “Natura” in Japan to match the name of the camera.
Unlike other premium options, the Natura doesn’t have aperture priority mode, but it does have a cool trick up its sleeve. If you load the camera with 1600 or faster speed film, it enters Natural Photo (NP) mode. In this mode, it shoots wide open at f/1. 9, and the camera assesses the brightness of the subject in the scene, adding up to two stops of exposure compensation to give natural-looking photos.
Another unusual feature of the camera was its wide angle 24mm Super EBC Fujinon lens. This, paired with NP mode, made it ideal for taking to parties, indoor events, and nightclubs. The Natura was a domestic-only release, which is why the controls on the back are in Japanese. Thankfully it’s not too tricky to figure out.
- Price at launch: around $300 USD
- Price in July 2022: $300-400 USD depending on condition
- Pros: light, excellent lens
- Cons: Out of all the cameras on this list, this one seems most prone to bricking
The Fuji Tiara has become a cult classic among many film photographers. The original Fuji Tiara was released in 1994 and was mostly sold in Japan. There was a limited release in Europe, where it was sold as the Fuji DL Super Mini. A couple of years later, Fuji released the Tiara II, but there’s not much to distinguish between them.
There are claims that Tiaras are every bit as good as other compact premium shooters such as the Olympus Stylus/MJU line. The comparisons are due to its sharp Fujinon lens, though the focal length is a little wider at 28mm. Like the MJU I, the maximum aperture of the Tiara line is a respectable f/3.5.
The comparisons with the Stylus line don’t end with the sharpness of the images. The Tiara is pretty small, and some people say that like the MJU II, it’s a little slippery.
Like other Fujifilm cameras of its time, it has drop-in loading and film pre-winding. It also has an unusual feature for a compact camera: there’s a manual focus mode where you can set the distance of your subject.
So far, I have not been tempted to buy one, only because I have read some reports about the reliability of this camera. Out of all the cameras on this list, this is the one I’ve heard people have the most issues with.
Fujifilm Klasse S / W
- Price at launch in 2007: $725 USD
- Price in July 2022: $1,100-1,600 USD depending on condition
- Pros: beautiful camera with a good range of features, the newest premium point and shoot you can buy
- Cons: high price, not quite as sexy as the Contax T2/T3
Released in 2007, the Fujifilm Klasse S and W cameras are the newest premium point and shoot cameras money can buy. They originally went on sale for 89,000 yen, which was about $725 USD. Once again, the Klasse cameras were a Japan-only release, but thankfully, the team at Fujifilm put the menu and controls in English.
The Klasse cameras sport a super Super EBC (electron beam coating) Fujinon lens in two flavors: the standard (S) 38mm focal length and the wide (W) 28mm lens. As you’d expect with a premium point and shoot, you can shoot in aperture priority mode and also dial in exposure compensation.
One advantage the Klasse cameras have over competitors, like the Contax T3, is the ease with which you can change settings. Exposure compensation is handled by a small lever on the front of the camera, for example, much better than having to dig through menus.
The Klasse cameras also have the ability to manually set film speed, bulb mode, a tripod socket, cable release, and Fujifilm’s Natural Photo Mode.
If you like shooting color transparency (slide) film, this is a fantastic camera. Fujifilm specifically developed the Klasse cameras around this capability, as the cameras have excellent metering.
Fuji Silvi F2.8
- Price at launch: $299
- Price in July 2022: From $150 to $400 depending on the model
- Pros: wide angle zoom, great for selfies
- Cons: mid-range zooms have a lot of competition
Last but not least, a forgotten camera from the early 2000s when digital was on the march. The Fujifilm Silvi F2.8 was a mid-range zoom camera launched in 2003.
The Silvi featured a very handy super EBC Fujinon 24-50mm zoom lens, which is a little wider than many other zoom lenses in this type of camera. There was a good reason for this wider zoom, as you’ll soon find out.
What’s cool about this camera is that is has dual shutter release buttons: one on the left and one on the right. The camera was, of course, released at the dawn of the selfie era, so Fujifilm was trying to make it as easy for you as possible to take photos of yourself. The camera had a self-portrait mode with an indicator to help you compose and frame selfies.
Although f/2.8 is on the front of the camera, that is perhaps a little misleading, as f/2.8 was only achievable at the 24mm end of the range. The black version of the camera was available only in Japan, and like the Natura Black, it had an added bonus feature: the ability to add exposure compensation of up to +/- 2EV.
That’s it for my roundup of five point and shoot cameras Fujifilm should bring back. Which ones did I miss? Tell me in the comments below.
Best Point and Shoot Camera — Leica, Fujifilm, Sony & More
Whether you’re new to filmmaking and need a beginner camera or you’re a seasoned veteran who needs a simple camera you can whip out to start recording in an instant, a point-and-shoot camera may be a valuable tool for your equipment arsenal. We’ll be ranking the best point and shoot cameras on the market and scoring them based on price, quality, and adaptability.
Best Point and Shoot Film Camera
8. Fujifilm FinePix XP140
Fuji Guys review • Top rated point and shoot cameras
The Fujifilm FinePix XP140 is a great point-and-shoot camera under extremely specific circumstances. For the average photographer or videographer, one of the other point-and-shoot cameras on this list will undoubtedly serve you better. But for anyone who requires a rugged “drop proof” design and full waterproofing to a depth of 25 meters, the FujiFilm FinePix XP140 will meet your needs just about as cheaply as possible.
Though, you also may be better off going with an action camera, like one of the best GoPro models, if you are willing to shell out a little more cash.
- Burst mode
- Bad 4K
- Ugly design
Best Compact Point and Shoot
If your point-and-shoot camera needs fall into the rather limited camp that the Fujifilm FinePix XP140 best serves, then it’s hard to go wrong for such a low price.
Top Point and Shoot Camera
7. Leica Q2
Leica Q2 camera review on location
From one extreme end of the pricing scale to the other, the Leica Q2 costs far more than any other entry on this list. But the higher price tag is reflected in the construction and resolution attained by this camera. It might be a bit overkill for standard point-and-shoot camera needs, but if you’re looking to replace a full-size camera with something more compact and versatile, the Leica Q2 just might be worth the price if your budget can take it.
- 47.3 MP resolution
- Great lens
- Good manual focus
- Extreme price
- Finicky interface
- Limited autofocus
Best Point and Shoot Film Camera
If price is no impediment to you, then the Leica Q2 is a great piece of hardware. Just keep in mind, for that kind of dough, there are other types of cameras available to you, including some great 4K cameras for a fraction of the price.
Best Compact Point and Shoot
6. Canon PowerShot G9 X Mark II
Canon camera review • Best point & shoot camera
The Canon PowerShot G9 X Mark II is a solid compact camera if you are on a budget. With a substantially lower cost than many of the entries on this list, the PowerShot G9 X Mark II might be your best choice if you want to keep your spending down as low as possible. But be aware that you will be sacrificing some image/sound quality and features for the reduced price.
This point-and-shoot camera lacks a viewfinder or a tilting touchscreen, there’s no 4K footage capability, and the lens is far from the best. Check out our list of the best 4K video cameras if resolution is a priority for you.
- Low-light shooting
- Shoots RAW
- No 4K
- No viewfinder
Point and Shoot Camera Recommendations
If your photo and video needs are not too demanding and if you’re trying to keep your spending low, then the Canon PowerShot G9 X Mark II is a good choice.
Best Point and Shoot Digital Camera
5. Ricoh GR III
How does the GR III stack up against the GR II?
Let’s get the negatives out of the way first. The Ricoh GR III does not support 4K video, and the battery life is quite a bit shorter than ideal, but otherwise, this camera excels. The top-notch lens and sensor, you will be capturing wonderfully sharp images with 24MP resolution. You can learn more about camera lenses and sensors right here.
The Ricoh GR III is not one of the best cameras for video shooting, but this pocket-sized camera delivers fully when it comes to stills photography.
- Stills capabilities
- Supports RAW
- No 4K
- Lesser video
- Battery life
Best Point and Shoot Camera
If you have used previous Ricoh cameras from the GR line, then you know what to expect from the GR III: all the same benefits with some notable hardware improvements.
Best Point and Shoot Film Camera
4. Panasonic Lumix LX10
The Art of Photography reviews the Lumix LX10 • Best camera point and shoot
The Panasonic Lumix LX10 is a well-balanced jack of all trades type camera that makes for a great option to have on you at all times. With a robust feature set and a reasonable price, the LX10 is a good blend of quality and value. Both the mechanical and digital interfaces are intuitive and easy to use.
Sporting a larger sensor than many pocket-sized camera, the Lumix LX10 takes crystal clear shots and boasts a wider aperture control than most point-and-shoot cameras as well.
- Great sensor
- Reliable autofocus
- Lacks viewfinder
- N / A
Best Point and Shoot 35mm Camera
With 4K video, sharp stills, and a reasonable price, the Panasonic Lumix LX10 is a great all-around pick for your next or first point-and-shoot camera.
Best Point and Shoot Camera on the Market
3. Fujifilm X100V
A hands-on review • point and shoot camera recommendations
Sporting a sleek design and a high-quality, prime-equivalent lens, the Fujifilm X100V is a fantastic point-and-shoot camera if the price-tag doesn’t turn you away. It is extremely expensive for a point-and-shoot camera, but the picture quality and feature set speak for themselves. The Fujifilm X100V shoots 4K video and 26.1MP still photographs.
- Lens quality
- 4K video
- No zoom
- N / A
Best Point and Shoot Digital Camera
The Fujifilm X100V is a great camera, only held back by it’s high price tag and, potentially, by its lack of zoom depending on your individual needs as a photographer.
Top Point and Shoot Camera
2. Sony Cyber-shot RX100 VI
Casey Neistat calls it the best point-and-shoot camera ever
Point-and-shoot cameras really don’t get any better than the Sony Cyber-shot RX100 VI, and that’s even with it being on the market for nearly three years. The compact tech has yet to be fully surpassed. The only thing holding the Cyber-shot back from taking the top spot is the price tag, though it has decreased in price over the past couple of years and is almost certainly worth snagging if you happen to find one during a sale.
- 4K video
- 240 FPS slow-mo
- Great zoom
- No audio jack
Best Point and Shoot Film Camera
If the price is of no concern to you, then the Sony Cyber-shot RX100 VI is a great pick for a point-and-shoot camera, though you could alternatively pick up a good DSLR for the same price or less.
What is the Best Point and Shoot Camera?
1. Canon PowerShot G5 X Mark II
A hands on review • Best point and shoot camera
The Canon PowerShot G5 X Mark II is a great mix of value and quality. It’s a welcomed step down in price from the previous couple of entries on this list while also sacrificing a tiny bit in terms of features and overall quality. It is still pricier than many point-and-shoot cameras out there, but to get this level of quality, you need to expect an appropriately scaled cost. It’s easy to use, compact, and has a quality zoom lens built in. 20.1 MP photos and a 4K video are this point-and-shoot camera’s bread and butter.
- Zoom lens
- 4K video
- Weak battery
Top Point and Shoot Camera
This bundle even includes a 64GB SD card and a carrying pouch at no added cost over the base camera. To learn more about Canon cameras, check out our rundown of the best Canon lenses.
Different Types of Cameras
Hopefully, you have now found the point-and-shoot camera that best suits your needs. Or, maybe you have realized that a point-and-shoot might not be the best fit for what you’re after. Worry not, there are many types of cameras and the tool best tailored to you is sure to be out there. Up next, learn about all of the different types of cameras in the modern camera market.
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What are the options for a camera that is smaller than a full SLR but not point and shoot?
This answer has changed somewhat over the past three to five years. It used to be dLSR vs. weak sensor spotlights, but today there are a number of different cameras that fill that very large gap, and the answer to that question may still be evolving as manufacturers continue to experiment with ideal camera format sizes and feature configurations.
Currently, the main “categories” of cameras that offer you more options than the 1/2.3 format P&S pocket camera are:
fixed lens, and for the most part still 1/2.3″ (5.6x crop) but can offer hot shoe with flash, RAW function and full manual mode and will almost always have super zoom lens on them.They are generally weak for low light shooting, but pretty good for daylight, macro and general walking around.The Panasonic FZ or Canon SX lines are examples of bridge cameras..
These cameras usually have a slightly larger 1/1.7″ sensor (~4.5x crop), and offer a compromise between reach and low light. They are usually equipped with shorter and smaller zoom lenses, but with a larger maximum aperture (f/1. 8-f/2.8) that can let more light in. Most offer RAW capabilities and full manual mode, and some may have hot shoes.Canon S and G lines, Panasonic LX and Olympus XZ – enthusiast examples.compacts.
High sensitivity compacts
Perhaps a subcategory of enthusiast compacts, these cameras can often be as expensive as dSLR kits. They are fixed lens like most compact cameras but have much larger sensors. The size range, however, varies from 2/3″-format (4x crop) to full frame (1x crop), and pretty much everything in between, including APS-C. Features will also vary widely, but they all support RAW and are fully manual mode.. Fuji X20, Fuji X100, Sony RX100, Sony RX1, Canon G1X, Nikon Coolpix A, etc. are examples of cameras in this class. and where the picture could still change.0003
Interchangeable Lens Cameras without Mirrors
Also known as MILC, EVIL (Electronic Viewfinder Interchangeable Lens) and CSC (Compact System Camera). These cameras, like DSLRs, have interchangeable lenses and larger sensors, but work more like compact digital cameras, with light passing through the lens directly to the image sensor (no DSLR). The image sensor is also used for exposure estimation and autofocus, unlike the dSLR which uses two separate sensor arrays for these purposes. As a result, these cameras are usually smaller and lighter than digital SLRs. Sensor formats also range in size from 1/1.7″ (Pentax Q) to 1″ (Nikon 1; 2.7x rop), 4/3″ (micro four-thirds; 2x crop), APS-C (Sony NEX , Fuji XF; 1.5x crop, EOS M; 1.6x crop) to full frame (Sony A7).0003
Since mirrorless cameras are system cameras, they can be astronomically more expensive than the other types since you tend to purchase other system components (lenses, flashes, etc.) as well as the camera body. And because these systems are so much newer than dSLRs, they can’t use the back catalog of movie-age lenses and third-party support the way dSLRs do. But many of the mirrorless cameras work so well for size/weight reduction that many shooters move from to 1022 * with dSLR. It’s probably better to consider these systems as an alternative to dSLRs rather than as a transitional step towards one.
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