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The Pentx Espio Mini is one of the more advanced cameras for 35mm film. It is very small, has a good lens and is quite sought after. It was also released under the name Pentax UC-1 in the US. The US model has a date function but no panorama switch. The silver and champagner coloured models can be scratched easily, so the black model is preferable. 
Its main features are:

32mm F3.5 lens, 3 elements in 3 groups, autofocus with focus lock, spot beam for low light, min. focus 0,3m
Electronic shutter, 2-1/400, B 1/2-5 s
Size 107x58x35,  Weight 155 gr. without battery
25-3200 ISO, automatic DX coding, self-timer, automatic film advance, manual infinity focus, multiple flash programs, parallax compensation via LCD in the viewer

Camera front closed. Camera powers up by sliding the cover.

Camera front open.

Bottom. Tripod socket, battery compartment, t
akes a CR123 battery.

Camera back. Panorama switch. Next to the viewer focus o.k. and flash LED. Film type window, back open switch.

Top: LCD screen. Flash mode, red-eye-reduction and self-timer/remote button. Shutter release. For mid-roll rewind you have to press the self-timer button for 3s until the symbol appears, hold it and then push the shutter release.

Camera on. 
The lens doesn't move much. Camera sets auto flash as default. Flash guide number ~10 (m/ISO 100).

Back open.

This camera is easy to use. Autofocus is responsive and works well. Putting a film is easy as well, open the back, drop the film and that's it. As with most point and shoot ultra compacts, auto flash is set at start.

It's a very good point and shoot camera with a lesser wide angle lens, very good picture quality and a small pocketable body. It has longer exposure times than most of the other cameras.