Point and Shoot

Olympus XA4 Macro Review – Great Things in Small Packages

3000 1688 Charlotte Davis

In 1985, my parents decided they wanted a small camera to take with them on holiday to Portugal – a hot and sunny getaway before the birth of their first child (hello) threw their lives…

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Kodak Funsaver Disposable Camera Review – Cheap is Good

3000 1688 Josh Solomon

The disposable camera is the ultimate tool for casual photography. It’s made for non-photographers, vacationers, first-time film shooters, and even experienced shooters looking to simplify their kit. But what’s really remarkable about the disposable camera…

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Olympus Mju II Review – a Skeptical Look at a Cult Favorite

3000 1688 James Tocchio

A skeptic at heart, I’d been side-eying the Olympus Mju II for a long time. As prices for this tiny point-and-shoot camera from the 1990s continued to climb over the last few years, my incredulity…

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One Roll, Five Countries, With the Half-Frame Agat 18K Film Camera

2000 1125 Jeb Inge

“I brought you a gift.” my friend said simply upon arriving in Europe, and I knew that the gift would be one of two sorts; either it’s one of the many small things I miss…

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The Olympus O-Product is a Beautiful and Unusual Point-and-Shoot Film Camera

2400 1350 James Tocchio

Holding and shooting the Olympus O-Product, I get the feeling its designer didn’t give a damn about what other camera companies were creating. A little research confirms my intuition. In a 1989 interview in Popular…

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Some Alternatives to Those Over-Priced Compact Point and Shoots

2200 1237 James Tocchio

On the strength of unexpected celebrity endorsements and the more predictable overzealous hype created by bloggers and YouTubers, the compact point-and-shoot bubble has now reached full bloat. Contax T series prices have risen to more…

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Minoltina P Camera Review – A Mostly Forgotten Full Frame Compact from Minolta

2200 1238 James Tocchio

Editorial discretion at Casual Photophile dictates that we don’t write about every camera ever made, and the cameras that we do write about don’t necessarily need to be “the best.” Our only requirement of the…

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Yashica T4 Zoom Point and Shoot Camera Review

2200 1238 Josh Solomon

Let me be clear; I love the film camera community. I’ve got nothing but love for people who dedicate their time and effort to keeping film alive. But on occasion, the community can get a…

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A Camera Like Clockwork – Zeiss Ikon Contina Ic Camera Review

2200 1237 James Tocchio

Zeiss Ikon’s Contina Ic is everything I love about vintage cameras. Functionally elegant, mechanically sophisticated, simple; it’s the kind of camera that works, sounds, and feels like clockwork. It’s a tangible link to a romantic…

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Yashica T2 Review – A Charmingly Imperfect Point-and-shoot

2000 1125 Jeb Inge

The long history of photography has always bent toward convenience. In hundreds of years of cameras, the world has gone from minutes-long exposures and staged Civil War battlefield scenes to being able to take and…

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Konica Big Mini BM 201 – Point and Shoot Film Camera Review

2000 1125 Josh Solomon

The hype train for point-and-shoots travels faster than a Japanese Shinkansen, and seems to change tracks more often than a hobo runnin’ from the law. Every few months, it seems, another point-and-shoot camera becomes the talk…

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Rollei 35 SE – Camera Review

2000 1125 James Tocchio

A couple years back, I wrote about my experience shooting a camera from Rollei’s series of universally lauded compact viewfinder cameras. The Rollei B35 was the lowest-spec model of the 35 range, and I found it…

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Vivitar Ultra Wide and Slim Camera Review – The Widest Toy Camera Around

1280 720 Josh Solomon

[Author’s note: Many thanks to Nick Marshall for lending this camera to us for review. Check out his instant/toy camera photography here] The internet’s a strange place. Name it, and you can bet there’s an online…

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Olympus Infinity Stylus (Mju) – Point and Shoot Camera Review

1280 720 Josh Solomon

The Olympus Infinity (Mju) line is one of the most-hyped families of cameras in analog photography. Google the name and nearly every resultant post will gush about the entire range, with tall tales of a…

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