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The Yashica Zoomate 105 is an automatic compact 35mm film camera of the mid-range series. It had quite some names:  Kyocera Campus 105, Kyocera Zoom 105 DM, Yashica Elite 105 Zoom and Yashica EZS Zoom 105.

 It was first released in 1997 when the digital market was not yet a market at all. It has a long zoom that covers 38-105mm in a standard body. Its main features are:

38-70mm F5.2-10.5 lens, 5 elements in 5 groups, autofocus with focus lock, min. focus said to be 1m, mine focusses down to less than 0.6m in wide and tele mode.
Electronic shutter, 1/250-2.8s (taken from the very similar Zoomate 70)
Size 129x76x52,  Weight 245 gr. without batteries
100-400 ISO, automatic DX coding, automatic film advance, different flash modes

Camera front closed.

Camera back. Viewer with LED for flash and AF. Wide/Tele lever. Film type window.

Camera front open. The lens moves automattically to 38mm.

Lens moved out to its tele position.

View from above  LCD screen. On/Off button, flash mode button, self timer button. Mid roll rewind.
Shutter release button.

View from below. Tripod socket. Battery compartment, takes 2 standard AAA batteries.

Film compartment.

This camera is easy to use. Autofocus is fine. 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 some flash mode settings. The menu is very easy to access on a clear LCD screen.

The picture are have good contrast. It's a mid range point and shoot camera with a moderate wide angle and long zoom lens in a pocketable body. It sets the flash on from start, but flash off is possible.

A nice camera, nevertheless Yashica made better models.