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The Yashica AW mini is a full automatc and wheatherproof 35mm film camera.
It was first released in 1990, before the digital market was a market at all. It has a moderate wide angle lens in a standard bodyIts main features are:

32mm F3.5 lens, 4 elements in 3 groups, autofocus with focus lock, min. focus 0,95m
Electronic shutter, 1/120-1/600s
Size 126.5x64.5x39.5,  Weight 225 gr. without batteries
100-1000 ISO, automatic DX coding, automatic film advance, self timer, forced flash mode, waist-level finder (inversed inage)


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Camera front closed and original pouch.

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Camera back. Battery compartment, takes 2 standard AA batteries or one CR 123 battery, depending on model. Viewer with 2 LED for flash and AF. Film type window.

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Camera front open. Flash button for foced flash (backlight situations).


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View from above  S
elf timer button. Mid roll rewind. Waist level finder. Film counter. Shutter release button.

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View from below. Tripod socket.

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Film compartment.

This camera is easy to use. Autofocus is fine and responsive. Putting a film is easy as well, you drop the film
, tear the film leader up to the mark and that's it. The camera winds it automatically. It has only automatic flash mode and a forced flash mode for backlight situations, no flash off. The red flash lamp is on while charging and blinks when charged, normally it's the opposite. Green focus confirm light. There is a waist-level finder, very handy for street photography. It's water-resistamt even in heavy rain. As there are only short speeds, no night photos are possible.

The picture are nice, although the lens is not a Tessar, it's a Tessar-type lens with very good picture quality. It's a mid range point and shoot camera with a moderate wide angle lens in a pocketable body. It sets the flash on from start.

A very nice camera, but Yashica made the T models which are better, yet expensive beyond reason. So this is a usable alternative.

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