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REVIEW: Pentax Espio MiNi

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Posted by Bengt Köhler Sandberg 2012-04-18


Pentax Espio MiNi



Specs:


Lens: Pentax Lens 32mm f/3.5
Aperture: f/3.5 - ??
? bladed aperure
Shutter: 1/400s to 2s plus a Bulb setting

Focusing: Pentax phase-matching autofocus system with focus lock.
Viewfinder: 85% field-of-view ratio.
Flash: Built-in auto flash.
Weight: 155g (without battery)

Takes standard DX coded 135 film (Non-DX coded films are automatically set to ISO25)
24×36 mm negative size.


Image quality

This camera have no manual settings or any way to see which shutter settings are used.

f/3.5
Nice and sharp center but corners don´t look that great.
Pentax Espio MiNi
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  Stopped down
Sharp all over except at the very edge of the corners.
Pentax Espio MiNi
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Bokeh
Looks great
Pentax Espio MiNi

Flash

The built in flash works great and the camera have no problem focusing in pitch black.
Its also very good at controlling the flash power so it don´t overexpose the image.
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Sample
Pentax Espio MiNi
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More sample images can be found at:
http://www.sample-image.com/pentax-espio-mini-pentax-uc-1/



Build quality

Its made of plastic and it have a plastic feel to it.
But it solid enough and still works after around 20 years despite all electronics.
And that that bad at all.


Conclusion

This is a always in my pocket camera for me.
Its extreamly lightweight and small for a fullframe camera.

Image quality is also better then I first expected from this.
Its not perfect wide open but which lens is.

The auto focus and exposure workers great and the camera have next no never got it wrong.
But a manual possibility would have been nice.

My copy unfortunately makes some scratch marks on the film but I don´t think thats a normal problem on what I have read about this camera.

Thumbs up:
Image quality
Small size and weight

Thumbs down:
No manual possibility
Corner sharpness wide open


Technical Info
Scanner: Epson V700
Film: Rollei Retro 400s
Developer: Kodak D76



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