Lomopedia: Yashica Samurai X3.0

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Possibly one of the most unique film cameras to grace an analogue lover's collection, the Yashica Samurai X3.0 35 mm SLR camera was introduced in 1988. It was the first model in the Samurai series of ergonomic, half-frame, bridge SLR cameras produced by Yashica.

Yashica Samurai X3.0 © BlueBreezeWiki via Wikimedia Commons, Image used under Creative Commons license

It's a fully automatic camera with no manual settings, with automatic focus, film advance, and exposure. Shutter speeds range from 2 to 1/500 sec., and the aperture from f/3.5 at wide angle to f/4.3 at telephoto. The shutter button and trim around the lens socket comes in different colors. Three things make this camera stand out from the rest of its point-and-shoot counterparts: First, obviously, is its design, made for one-hand operation much like a compact video camera; Second, despite its point-and-shoot handling, the Samurai is a true SLR camera; third, is its half-frame format, something uncommon among point-and-shoot cameras.

Other interesting features include a built-in flash and hot shoe, auto-dating unit (prints date and time on your photos), motorized 3x zoom, and diopter adjuster.

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Technical Specifications

Film/frame format: 35 mm / 18 × 24 mm
Lens: Yashica Zoom Lens 1:3,5-4,3/25-75 mm using 14 elements (filter thread: 49 mm)
Shutter: Electronic central shutter with speeds 2 to 1/500 sec.
Autofocus: Autofocus lock with half-press on the shutter release
Flash: Integral electronic flash, activates automatically
Self-Timer: Sequence-shooting and 10 sec. self-timer drive modes
Film Speed/ISO range: DX code sensing, ISO 50–3200 (default ISO 100 for non-coded cassettes)
Other features: Optional date/time imprinting at the bottom right of the image; three date formats; Eyepiece diopter correction (+1 to -4)
Battery: 6v lithium (2CR5)

Check out the user manual for the Yashica Samurai X3.0 at Butkus.org and read a review of this camera by lomodirk.


All information for this article was sourced from Camera Wiki , Mr. Martin's Website, and Subclub.org.

written by plasticpopsicle on 2014-05-14 #gear #yashica #35mm #review #half-frame #yashica-samurai #slr-camera #lomopedia #yashica-samurai-x3-0

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One Comment

  1. wuxiong
    wuxiong ·

    What an interesting camera... At first sight , I thought it is a vedio cam...^..^

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