135compact.com

On this site you will find a comparison of small cameras for 135 film and smaller formats I own(ed). It's a personal choice, not a complete selection. It will be a kind of on-going project, whenever I come across an inexpensive really small one, I will try to test it.

A remark about my view of photography: There is nothing worse than missing a photo. A non-optimal one is still better than none. So I always carry a tiny camera in my pocket. I started with a Minox 35 in 1975 which was replaced by an Olympus XA in 1979. The XA stayed in my pocket for 30 years. I tried small digital ones in the 2000's, but it was only in 2009 when I came across the Canon S90 that I found one that was at least as good as the Olympus XA in my eyes. So it's digital now, I am at my fifth, a Canon G9X.

And still there is mostly a film camera in my jacket or coat, either a 120 film folder or a really small 135 film compact.

So here are some small 135 film cameras, full frame.
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Fujifilm ZoomDate F2.8.
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Minox GT.
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Minox GTE.
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Olympus XA.
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Olympus mju II
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Fujifilm Super Mini
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Cosina CX2.
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Lomo LC-A
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Lomo LC Wide
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Elikon 535.
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Konica A4.
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Konica Lexio 70.
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Nikon AF600.
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Minolta TC-1.
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Agfa Optima 1535.
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Ricoh GR1(s).
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Olympus mju III Wide.
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Canon Prima Super 28.
(Canon Sure Shot Z70W)
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Panasonic C-625AF.
(Minolta Riva Mini)
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Rollei Prego Micron.
(Ricoh R1)
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Contax T
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Minolta Riva 70W.
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Fuji DL 500 Wide Mini
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Pentax Espio 24EW
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Pentax Espio Mini.
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Fuji Tiara Zoom
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Ricoh FF-9.
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Ricoh Hi-Color.
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Pentax Espio 145M
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Vivitar 35 EM.
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Olympus Superzoom 105G.
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Fuji DL-300.
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Konica Lexio 115
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Braun trend AF-M
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Pentax Espio 738
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Konica Z-up 110 VP
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Konica Z-up 110 Super
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Pentax Espio 70
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Pentax Espio 120SW
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Konica Big Mini Ex
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Olympus Trip 200
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Canon Prima Super 130
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Canon Prima BF-80
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Yashica Zoomate 70
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Yashica AW mini
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Olympus mju I
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Olympus AF 1 Twin
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Olympus AF10 Super
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Nikon Zoom 300 AF
(Lite Touch Zoom AF)
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Canon Prima Super 115u
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Ricoh FF-1
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Canon Prima BF-90
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Canon Top Shot
(Sure Shot Supreme)
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Konica Pop EF-88
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Nytech AF 3570
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Canon Prima 5
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Pentax Espio 928
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Rollei 35 S
size comparison page

specs comparison page

Some half frame or sqare format 135 film cameras.
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Ansco Memo II Automatic.
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Canon Dial 35.
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Fujica Mini.
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Lomo Agat 18K.
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Ricoh Auto Half SL.
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Taron Chic.






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Tessina L.
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Robot Star II
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Robot Star.
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Robot Junior.
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Robot Star 25.
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Robot Star 50.
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Zeiss Taxona (Tenax).





half frame camera size comparison page

Other small formats, non-135,  like APS, 16mm, 21mm and 110.
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Canon Ixus II.
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Fujifilm 1000ix Tiara.
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Fujifilm Nexia Q1 APS.
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Kodak Advantix F600
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Kodak Advantix F350
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Nikon Nuvis S






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Ajax F21
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Agfamatic 6008
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Canon 110ED
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Minolta Autopak 50
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Minolta Autopak 70
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Minolta Pocket Pak 401
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Minolta Autopak 430Ex
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Minolta Autopak 470
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Minox 110S
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Pentax Auto 110 (Super)
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Rollei A110
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Vivitar 742
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Agfamatic 508

110 film camera size comparison page
How to make a new Kodak K 7R31 battery
How to make a 110 or 16mm Jobo film developing reel or
How to use a 16mm Kiev reel in a daylight tank
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Minolta 16 P
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Minolta MG
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Minolta MG-S
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Edixa 16
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Mec 16 SB
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Kiev 30 (M)



How to make a 110 or 16mm Jobo film developing reel or
How to use a 16mm Kiev reel in a daylight tank

16mm cartridges and loading + expired film


Most compacts have a metering system, but if you are into historic cameras, here is a comparison between tiny accessory shoe light meters and some hand held ones. And a little page about the rangefinders WataMeter and WataCombiMeter, just in case... Both links lead to my 120 film page and open in a new window. So do the links to my other projects.

Here you will find the mandatory contact page. There are more of my projects if you are interested, about 120 film folders, about using manual lenses on a Sony A7, about plastic(k) cameras, about instant photography and some odd camera models. All links will open in a new window.