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5 Best Point and Shoot Film Cameras

Best Point and Shoot cameras (1)

So you want to shoot film but you’re not interested in manual focusing, exposure modes, aperture, ISO, and all that technical nonsense? Tired of heavy SLRs and cumbersome controls? The warm weather’s here and you just want to throw a camera in your bag, go on adventures with your friends, and effortlessly shoot amazing pictures, right?

We get it, and so did every camera company interested in turning a profit during the 1980s. The decade of the DeLorean and Johnny Five promised high-tech wonders in a compact form, a promise that camera makers managed to deliver on year after year with their new point-and-shoot machines.

Yes, it was a great decade for pointing and shooting, but what’s that mean for you? When it comes to seeking a point and shoot camera, it means an abundance of choice. Today’s shooter can find an astounding number of lightweight, portable, and perfectly capable point and shoot cameras for every budget.

Here are five point and shoot film cameras with performance that’ll knock off your hightops.

Update! For more amazing point and shoot film cameras, check out Part Two of our list.

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5 Great Film Cameras Under $100

five film cameras under 100

These days, film cameras are a dime a dozen, and while they may not be as alluring as the newest mirror-less marvel from Sony, they’re definitely worth owning. Not convinced? Well if their natural full-frame quality, bulletproof construction, and undeniable hipster cachet hasn’t won you over, consider the fact that just a few decades ago these machines were being used by every single professional photographer and photojournalist in the world to capture everything from product photos to war-zones, portraits to moon landings. Yes, film cameras have been to the moon. And you haven’t. Show some respect.

What’s the downside? There are too many. In less than ten minutes shopping online, a would-be film shooter can come away with an astounding number of pro-spec options. With this many machines to choose from, selecting the right camera can be pretty overwhelming. I think that’s why it’s one of the questions that most frequently trips me up: “Hey, what camera should I buy if I want to shoot film?” For ten minutes I yammer on about the pros and cons of twenty different machines, leaving the asker more confused than before the question was asked.

My typically fumbling response springs from the knowledge that every camera has its own suite of strengths and weaknesses; the same attribute that might make a camera ideal for one person could make it problematic for another. Choosing the right camera depends greatly on answering the question, “What are my shooting habits and preferences?” With this in mind, I’ve compiled a list of five all-around excellent film cameras, and included the type of photographer for whom each would work best.

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