135compact.com APS compact camera Fujifilm Nexia Q1
Fujifilm Nexia Q1 is a small and basic point and shoot camera for APS
film* (see below). So it is no 35mm
camera, the APS main format is 30.2x16.7mm, a bit bigger than half
format. APS has been released in 1996 and was discontinued in 2011. I
chose to show this model because it's a very basic model. It came to me
for free with an APS film lot. Its main features are:
22mm F8 lens, autofocus, min. focus 0,6m Electronic shutter, one fixed speed 1/100 Size 96x75x34, Weight 110 gr. without battery 100-800
ISO, automatic film advance
back, camera off. Next to the viewer: format switch, only classic and
high definition. Power switch. Small LCD sreen. Under the screen, left:
mid roll rewind, roll not re-usable.
Camera front open.
Camera on. Screen indicates the third photo to be taken, film presence and full battery.
On top: Flash, flash guide number ~6.6 (m/ISO 100). Shutter release.
Bottom. Battery compartment. Takes a CR2 battery. Round film compartment lid. You just drop the film into it, the camera does the rest.
Camera, APS film and 35mm film.
* The APS (advanced photo system)
film is 24 mm wide and has three image formats: H for "High
Definition" (30.2 × 16.7 mm), C for "Classic" (25.1 × 16.7 mm) and P
for "Panoramic" (30.2 × 9.5 mm). The "C" and "P" formats are made by
cropping the full image which is always taken on the film. So the
formats are just a code recorded on the film. This camera has no
panoramic mode. Simple models as this have no magnetic recording,
information is optically written on the border of the film. The APS system was a very advanced photo system indeed, but digital cameras made it obsolete.
camera is easy to use, switch it on and it's ready.
Autofocus is responsive and works well. Putting a film is easy as well,
you drop the film into the compartment and that's it. The
camera has only auto
flash. So there is nothing to set, point and shoot. As it is a very
basic camera indeed, don'expect much, it's a toy.