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This is a very basic compact camera, focus free, only one speed. I got it for next to nothing, so I tested it nevertheless. It was launched in the 1990s. There are versions in different colours. Chinon made a technically similar camera with a different design, the Auto GL-S. Both cameras could also be listed on my plastic camera page, the limits between the two catergories are fluent. There was already a Chinon Monami in the early 80s, a much better camera.

Its main features are:

35mm F4.5 focus-free lens, 3 elements in 3 groups, probably only 2 apertures, F4.5 and F8 min. focus 1.3m
Shutter speed 1/125
Size 126x66x38,  Weight 220 gr.
Limited DX code for ISO 100 - 400 (only 2 contacts), auto wind, rewind via switch, AE, flash

Front closed. The battery compartment is on the strap side (takes a CR123 battery).

Back view. Viewer and exposure warning lamp. Film type window.

Seen from above.Flash OK lamp and mecanical film counter. Shutter button.

Seen from below. Rewind switch.

Camera open. The flash automatically swings out and flashes, if light is insufficient. Flash guide no. is only 8/100 ISO. You can push the flash in and hold, if you want the camera not to flash, but you risk underexposure as there is only one speed.

Film compartment open.

A stylish little camera, but too basic.

This camera is incredibly basic. You slide it open and push the shutter, that's all. There are no features. The only automatic decision the camera does is between 2 apertures and flash on. The camera has a fixed focus lens. No night photos with only one shutter speed. Point and shoot as basic as possible.