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The Fujifilm DL Super Mini aka Cardia Mini Tiara is one of the smallest wide angle (28mm) cameras for 35mm film. It belongs to the top section of the ultra compact 35mm cameras. It has been released in 1994 in Japan under the Tiara name. There was a model II, the only difference is a strap lug instead of a lug screwed into the tripod socket. This model has been sold in Europe in very limited numbers, both models are quite rare.
Its main features are:

28mm F3.5 Super EBC Fujinon lens, 4 elements in 4 groups, autofocus with focus lock, min. focus 0,35m  (!)
Electronic shutter, 1/2-1/800
Size 99.8x60x31.5,  Weight 153 gr. without battery
50-1600 ISO, automatic DX coding, self-timer, automatic film advance and prespooling, time/date stamp possibility, manual focus in 17 steps

Camera front closed and bottom. Strap lug screwed into the tripod socket. Battery compartment, the only non-metal outer part. Takes a CR2 battery.

Camera back. On top: Shutter release. Next to the viewer green focus o.k. LED and red flash obstruction warning LED, Panorama switch, Film type window, LCD screen (flash and date stamp off), MENU selector, film mid roll rewind. Camera sets auto flash as default. Flash guide number ~10 (m/ISO 100).

Camera front open. Sliding the cover switches the camera on/off.

The lens only moves out a little.

Back open. It only opens a little bit, just enough to drop in a film from the bottom. Tear the film leader abit further out and it is safely engaged when you close the back.

Back wide open. You have to unhinge a latch to do so. You should not do it very often. The flat cable that connects the back panel to the camera could break with age and wear and make the camera useless. This is a problem of all cameras with back panel or buttons from those days. The Fujis are not especially prone to this whereas the Leica mini(lux) series and some others seem to be more vulnerable.

Camera and original case.

This camera is easy to use, silde the cover open and it's ready. Autofocus is responsive and works well. Putting a film is easy as well, the back opens only a little bit, tear the film leader a bit further out, drop the film and that's it. The camera prespools the whole film and then winds it back into the cartridge step by step. It has sufficient manual settings if needed, even manual focus in 17 small steps. The only annoying feature is auto flash set at start, which is the case with most ultra compacts.

It's a very good point and shoot camera with a wide angle lens, superb picture quality, nice high quality finish in a very small and light pocketable body.