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Lomopedia: Pentax Espio Mini

Don’t let the Pentax Espio Mini’s cutesy appearance fool you. Its coated glass lens boasts sharp images that can make any glass lens-wielding camera have a run for its money.

Plastic doesn’t always mean cheap and disposable. That’s what the Pentax Espio Mini proved during its heyday by creating sharp and detailed images without fail.

Older point-and-shoot film camera models may be fitted with plastic lens to go along with the plastic exterior. That combination makes for playful lo-fi effects and light flares that are equally sought after by toy camera enthusiasts. However, the Pentax Espio Mini’s glass lens is a different story.

The tiny 32mm f/3.5, three-element lens of the Espio Mini produces high-quality photos with every click of the shutter. Pentax also made the nifty 35mm shooter a quiet snapper despite its motorized film advancing and rewinding. The plastic body of the Espio Mini made for a lightweight camera but still made the camera stable for quick shooting.

Feature-wise, the Espio Mini is an all automatic 35mm camera with LCD counter and variable flash settings. It also has a panorama feature that crops photos on the top and the bottom parts. The Espio Mini was also sold in the U.S. under the name Pentax UC-1.

Pentax Espio Mini Technical Specifications:

  • Film Format: 35mm
  • Material: plastic
  • ISO Setting: automatic DX coding from ISO 25 to 3200. Non DX-coded films are rated to ISO 25
  • Viewfinder: Actual image viewfinder: 85% field-of-view ratio. Magnification: aprox. 0.34×. AF frame (blinking when subject is too close and/or hard-to-autofocus subject). Picture frame, Close distance compensation frame, Panoramic format picture area, Green lamp lighting: in-focus signal, Green lamp blinking: When subject is too close and/or hard-to-autofocus subject, Red lamp lighting: Flash-ready status, Red lamp blinking: Flash being charged.
  • Flash: built-in auto flash with red-eye correction, fill flash, bulb mode with and without flash
  • Lens: 32mm, 3 elements in 3 groups
  • Shutter Speed: AE electric shutter, speeds from 1/400 – 2 seconds, Bulb: ½ sec – 5 minutes, electromagnetic release
  • Aperture: f/3.5
  • Focusing: Pentax phase-matching autofocus system with focus lock
  • Focus Range: 0.3m (1 ft.) to infinity, with focus assist beam

Check out these Pentax Espio Mini shots taken by our own community members:

All information used in this article were sourced from Camerapedia, Japan Camera Hunter and Lomography Review by brandkow93.

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