Best Point And Shoot Film Cameras for 2021

Best Point And Shoot Film Cameras for 2021

If you’ve never touched a film camera, digital cameras can be daunting. There’s no preview of the image and no indication of whether or not it’s in focus.

Most people including myself believe that there are still some excellent point-and-shoot film cameras out there. Many of them are significantly better than what is sold today as a point-and-shoot digital. Here are our top point and shoot film cameras for beginners and professionals to enjoy the best shoots for landscape, night, wedding, travel, concerts, and street photography. 

  1. OLYMPUS Tough TG-6
  2. Canon Sure Shot Zoom-S 35mm
  3. Pentax IQ Zoom 105WR QD
  4. Canon IXUS 185 / ELPH 180 Digital Camera
  5. Kodak Ultra F9
  6. Olympus Infinity Zoom 80 QD
  7. Contax T2 Silver
  8. HOLGA 120GCFN

1. OLYMPUS Tough TG-6 

Best Olympus Point-and-shoot film camera

OLYMPUS Tough TG-6 Waterproof Camera
OLYMPUS Tough TG-6

The Olympus Tough TG-6 is very popular in the travel photography community. It’s tough and waterproof which prevents damage from the water up to 15m. The 16 megapixel, 1/2.3 inch sensor ensures that you’ll get decent images in most lighting conditions.

The lens has a wide-angle focal length of 21mm (28mm equivalent in 35mm format). It features optical image stabilization and a dual-LED flash.

It’s tough, waterproof, and well built – it even floats! The lens provides good quality images for those who like wide angles and low aperture numbers. There are no other built-in lenses with this camera so it’s best for beginners who want something easy to use right out of the box.

The Olympus Tough TG-6 Waterproof Camera has a good lens, tough body, and various shooting modes that are easy to use. The price tag is pretty hefty for a point and shoot, but if you like the wide-angle lens with excellent image stabilization – this may be one of the best point and shoots in town.

Reasons to Buy

  • Waterproof up to 15m
  • Tough body with rubberized grip & control buttons
  • It’s also freezeproof down to -10°C
  • The lens is 21mm (28mm equivalent in 35mm format) with an aperture of f/2.0 – 4.9
  • Best for filming underwater
  • Photo Modes include: iAuto, Program Auto, Manual, Underwater Wide, Underwater Macro, Snow & Beach

Reasons to Avoid

  • Pricey for a point and shoot camera
  • A little slow focusing – takes about 1-2 seconds to lock onto the subject from the widest angle
  • The lens is not quite as sharp as most other P&S cameras at 28mm equivalent focal length.
  • It’s a tiny bit soft especially in low light
  • Lower resolution LCD screen (230k dots) compared to other cameras

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2. Canon Sure Shot Zoom-S 35mm

Best zoom point-and-shoot film camera

Canon Sure Shot Zoom-S 35mm Film Camera
Canon Sure Shot Zoom-S

This is one of the earliest point-and-shoot film cameras. The Sure Shot Zoom-S 35mm is a 35mm point and shooter with autofocus, automatic film advance winder with rewind facility, through the lens (TTL) center-weighted average metering system, date imprinting function, and built-in flash unit. It provides a zoom lens from 35mm to 70mm. The camera features a date back for imprinting the day, date, and time on your photographs.

The Sure Shot Zoom-S 35mm was one of the first point-&-shoot cameras with autofocus – currently, you can pick this up online for less than US$25.00.

Performance-wise,  it’s not very fast focusing between 1-2 meters outdoors, but it should be fine for general photography. The image quality is acceptable though you’ll need to use a light meter or take test shots if you don’t know how the camera typically metering.

The Canon Sure Shot Zoom S is one of the best 35mm point-and-shoot cameras on the market for beginners.  If you want to get started shooting with a good quality, cheap autofocus film camera, this is an excellent choice.

Reasons to Buy

  • Small & lightweight – easy to carry around for travel and work
  • Built-in flash
  • 1.5 – 2.4 meter focusing distance which is useful for general photography
  • Optional date imprinting on images (pre-printed sticker can be bought to attach to the camera)

Reasons to Avoid

  • Not weatherproof
  • Not many exposure modes are available
  • Sometimes colors may look a little off with the built-in automatic light
  • Slow autofocus & film advance

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3. Pentax IQ Zoom 105WR QD

Best point-and-shoot film camera for beginners

Pentax IQ Zoom 105WR QD Date 35mm Camera
Pentax IQ Zoom 105WR QD

The Pentax IQ Zoom 105WR QD 35mm is perfect for those looking for a simple, easy-to-use, compact camera. The Pentax IQ Zoom 105WR QD delivers excellent quality pictures. The camera is simple to learn making it easy for anyone, even first-time users to operate.

The IQ Zoom 105WR is loaded with good features that are sure to please the beginner or casual photographer. It has a durable all-metal body and a built-in flash with red-eye reduction.

The camera also has a built-in Date Imprinting feature that allows the user to imprint the date and time on their pictures with the push of a button. For those looking for more control over their pictures, it also features automatic film loading, winding, and rewinding with midroll rewind as well as manual focus, exposure, and flash settings making it the best point and shoot camera with manual controls.

The IQ Zoom 105WR QD is very compact measuring only 4&1/8″ x 2&7/16″ x 1&3/8″. The camera’s simple construction makes it is very durable with a weather-resistant design perfect for your next outdoor adventure.

Reasons to Buy

  • Automatic Settings
  • Easy to use even if you are a first time user
  • Good Picture Quality
  • Compact and Durable (Weather Resistant)

Reasons to Avoid

  • No Viewfinder
  • No Manual Flash Setting

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4. Canon IXUS 185 / ELPH 180 Digital Camera

Best compact point-and-shoot film camera

Canon IXUS 185
Canon IXUS 185

The IXUS 185/ELPH 180 from Canon is a compact, sleek camera with a powerful 8x optical zoom. The IXUS 185/ELPH 180 features automatic picture mode, face detection, and image stabilization. It has an anti-shake system that automatically detects whether or not the user has shaky hands and corrects it to provide impressive images.

The IXUS 185/ELPH 180 is a point-and-shoot camera with easy-to-use features. It has a sleek, compact design that can slip into almost any size bag or pocket.

Its anti-shake system automatically detects if the user has shaky hands and corrects it for improved images without having to remember to turn it off. The IXUS 185/ELPH 180 also features face detection technology that automatically focuses on faces to give crisp, clear pictures of friends and family.

The camera is very small making it good for travel. It has a built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery so no need to purchase batteries while you are traveling or away from home.

Reasons to Buy

  • Small & Compact for Easier Travel
  • Automatic Settings
  • Very Easy to Use even if you are a first time user

Reasons to Avoid

  • No Manual Flash Setting
  • Lacks Viewfinder

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5. Kodak Ultra F9

Best cheap Point-and-Shoot film camera

Kodak 35mm Film Camera Camera Ultra F9
Kodak Ultra F9

The Kodak Ultra F9 is the best budget point-and-shoot film camera for any photo enthusiast. It has the classic look of vintage cameras with modern features. The features include an easy-to-use flash, autofocus, and automatic picture modes to make your shots perfect every time.

The camera comes in several different colors to fit your personality and style. It is made of a strong plastic that protects the camera from light knocks and drops. The camera has a sleek compact design to make it easy to carry with you on all your travels as well as fit in any size bag or pocket.

The Kodak 35mm Ultra F9 has very simple features to make taking high-quality pictures quick and easy. The camera has auto flash, autofocus, and automatic picture modes to help you get the perfect shot every time.

It is a best beginner film camera with user-friendly features. There are no confusing dials or settings on this camera and it can be used by anyone who enjoys taking pictures, even if they have never used a film camera before.

Reasons to Buy

  • Easy to use even if you are a first time user
  • Automatic Settings
  • Very durable & strong plastic protects the camera from light knocks and drops

Reasons to Avoid

  • No Viewfinder
  • No Manual Flash Setting
  • Image quality is not so great

6. Olympus Infinity Zoom 80 QD 35mm Camera

Best point-and-shoot film camera under $200

Olympus Infinity Zoom 80 QD 35mm Camera
Olympus Infinity Zoom 80 QD

The Olympus Infinity Zoom 80 QD is the best bridge camera with simple user-friendly features. This is a point-and-shoot camera with some manual functions for more experienced photographers.

The Olympus Infinity Zoom 80 QD has an aspect ratio of 4:3 which makes images the perfect size to be printed or imported into photo editing software without having to resize them.

The infinity zoom feature of the Olympus Infinity Zoom 80 QD lets you get up close and personal with your subjects while keeping them in focus, this will allow you to take photos that would not otherwise have been possible giving you a whole new world of photography opportunities. All of these features are packed into a small compact body making it easy for anyone from an older child to an adult to use effectively.

The Olympus Infinity Zoom 80 QD takes 35mm film which is still very easy to get processed and printed or imported into photo editing software, this allows you to take your time processing the photographs rather than having them done for you as you wait.

With a variety of exposure modes from fully automatic to full manual, the Infinity Zoom 80 QD is easy for beginners but has more than enough features for experienced photographers to explore.

Overall, the Olympus Infinity Zoom 80 QD takes nice quality pictures depending on the lighting conditions. With a built-in flash and hot shoe on the top of the Olympus Infinity Zoom 80 QD, it is easy to see why this camera is one of the best selling. 

Reasons to Buy

  • Small and compact, 
  • easy to use, built-in flash and hot shoe

Reasons to Avoid

  • Expensive
  • The viewfinder is not accurate.
  • No zoom lens or manual focus wheel.

7. Contax T2 Silver 35mm Camera

Best premium point-and-shoot film camera for professionals

Contax T2 Silver 35mm Camera
Contax T2 Silver

The Contax T2 Silver 35mm Camera is a great camera for the more experienced photographer with a range of manual functions and a built-in light meter.

Incorporating an amazing Carl Zeiss Sonnar 38-86mm f/4.5 lens, the Contax T2 Silver 35mm Camera takes high-quality photos with plenty of detail.

The Contax T2 Silver 35mm Camera also comes with a high-quality Carl Zeiss Sonnar 38-86mm f/4.5 lens which you can remove to mount other lenses on the camera. This is useful if you want higher distance shots or close-ups of objects that are far away, etc…

The Contax T2 Silver 35mm Camera also has a very fast 1/4000 sec shutter speed which will freeze action shots nicely.

The Contax T2 Silver 35mm Camera comes with built-in matrix metering, manual over-ride, auto bracketing, and 8 interchangeable autofocus points for different style shots. The camera is also compatible with TTL and P-TTL flash and has a top speed of five frames per second.

The Contax T2 Silver 35mm Camera is also an incredible 32 megapixels which means you can get amazing quality prints from the camera, even if it’s taken years ago!

The Contax T2 Silver 35mm Camera comes with both manual and autofocus to suit the photographer and comes with a choice of different lenses. It also has an amazing flash sync speed of 1/125th sec and high speed shooting at five images per second!

The Contax T2 Silver 35mm Camera is, without doubt, one of the best cameras ever made and is certainly set up for professional photographers out there.

Reasons to Buy

  • Amazing camera
  • Plenty of features and manual controls
  • Superb image quality
  • A range of lenses is available for the camera

Reasons to Avoid

  • Heavy camera (but that’s because it’s amazing)
  • A bit pricey

8. HOLGA 120GCFN Plastic Medium Format Camera 

Quiet point and shoot film camera

HOLGA 120GCFN Plastic Medium Format Camera
HOLGA 120GCFN Plastic Medium Format Camera

The HOLGA 120GCFN is a perfect camera for the more experienced photographer. It’s simple to use but has plenty of features for anyone to use.

The HOLGA 120GCFN takes high-quality photos with amazing detail and the integrated flash unit will be good enough for most situations, however, if you’re looking for a bit more power, you can pop up the built-in slave flash and it works perfectly as a fill lighting.

The camera itself is made of plastic so it won’t be as durable as some other cameras out there, however, this does keep the weight down to 300g so you’ll hardly notice it in your bag.

The SD Card is fairly small for a medium format camera, it only has 128MB built-in memory and takes SD cards up to 2GB. This can be a bit of a pain if you don’t have one with you as you’ll need to pop the card out and put it in your computer every time you want to view or upload photos you’ve taken.

The camera has a fully adjustable shutter speed so you can get creative with your photography. The aperture ranges from F3.5 to 22, which isn’t good for low light shots but it is enough to give you some good depth in the photo. There are also four different shooting modes; blink mode, focus mode, selfie mode, and time-lapse. Blink mode fires two quick flashes to make sure the subject of your photo has their eyes open. Focus mode gives you a quick beep when it’s in focus whereas self-timer won’t start until you’re ready so no more blurry selfies.

The HOLGA 120GCFN Plastic Medium Format Camera has a USB 2.0 interface so you can upload your photos to the computer quickly and easily however it doesn’t have any sort of LCD screen on the camera itself, which means you’ll need another device (a computer or smart device) to see what you’re shooting.

The plastic body isn’t as nice as some other cameras out there but it does the job just fine and the quality of photos is brilliant, especially for a camera that hasn’t got full manual control. The easy-to-use features mean anyone can pick up the camera and get excellent results.

Reasons to Buy

  • Best for a Beginner
  • Great detail in photos.
  • Quick and easy USB connection

Reasons to Avoid

  • No LCD screen
  • No full manual controls
  • Plastic Body Takes a while to charge batteries

Point and Shoot Film Camera Tips from the “Film Photography Podcast”

  1. The film is not a difficult medium, just take a photo and have fun with it.
  2. Load your film correctly otherwise you’re going to be wasting pictures.
  3. Keep the film out of direct sunlight when not in use.
  4. Most films have ISO ratings up to 800, it can easily be used for outdoor photos without a flash.
  5. The film is not temperature sensitive so it will develop no matter the temperature out of the tank.
  6. If you have time after developing your film, scan them before hanging them on the wall or in a photo album.
  7. Once the film is processed it is permanent, don’t try to fix the photos yourself because you will ruin them.
  8. Even if they look bad when you develop your film they most likely still look good and photographers appreciate your contribution to preserving the art of film.
  9. Some films are difficult to develop which means you’ll have to rely on a good lab.
  10. You can still find the film in some specialty stores or online, give it a go and see what the fuss is about.
  11. Excitement will build up as your photos develop and after they’ve been developed you will be happy with the results.
  12. Be nice to your lab workers because they are the only people that will help you if you’re having trouble with your film.
  13. If you’re using 35mm film gets 6 frames per roll, 120 films get 6-8 frames per roll.
  14. Keep a lookout for expired film because it is quite cheap especially in bulk.

Things to Consider while buying a point-and-shoot film camera

We are living in an era where almost everyone has a smartphone and uses it for daily photography. These days you can even edit the photos on your phone. Smartphones have slowly taken over point-and-shoot film cameras because of the convenience they offer. But guess what — there are so many people out there who still prefer to use a point-and-shoot film camera. If you’re one of them and if you’re looking to buy a new point-and-shoot film camera then this article is for you.

Here are a few factors to keep in mind while buying a point-and-shoot film camera.

The Purpose of your Film Camera

This is one of the most important things to consider before buying a point-and-shoot film camera. There are different kinds of analog cameras for different purposes. You have to decide what kind of photography you want to do with your camera. For example, if you’re a traveler and love to capture landscapes then an ultra-wide lens point-and-shoot film camera would be the best for you. On the other hand, if you want to click portraits of people or pets then a point-and-shoot film camera with a 50mm prime lens would be perfect for you.

You should also keep in mind that some point-and-shoot film cameras are meant to click images on the go rather than taking them home and editing them etc. On the other hand, there are others that are designed to give you more control over your images while shooting. If you want a camera that offers more control over aperture, shutter speed, and ISO then it’s best to opt for an advanced point-and-shoot film camera.

Choosing Between Rangefinders or Viewfinder Cameras

If you’re someone who loves the idea of clicking images using a rangefinder then it’s best to go for a rangefinder film camera. However, there are a few disadvantages of having a rangefinder film camera. Firstly, most rangefinders have slow lenses and secondly, these cameras usually don’t come with a very bright viewfinder. On the other hand, viewfinder cameras are bigger in size as compared to rangefinders because they have an LCD screen on the back.

The Film Format

There are many different types of film formats and each one of them has its own advantages. If you’re someone who loves to take photos in low-light then it’s best to go for a 35mm point-and-shoot film camera because the maximum ISO speed on such cameras is between 200 and 400. Also, if you don’t like clicking selfies then 35mm cameras are perfect for you because they offer a wider field of view.

On the other hand, if you want to experiment with different image effects then it’s best to go for medium format or large-format film cameras. Even though these cameras are bigger in size but hey — they capture amazing images so don’t complain! Also, medium format cameras have larger image sensors which is why they offer amazing sharpness and great dynamic range.

Camera Age

You need to consider the age of your film camera before buying it because some models are no longer in production. If you’re looking for some good quality second-hand film cameras then eBay is the best place for you to shop. However, it’s always better to shop from a reputed seller because if something goes wrong with your camera then the person should be able to fix it easily.

Film Camera Lenses

If you’re someone who wants more control over aperture, shutter speed, and ISO then it’s best to go for a point-and-shoot film camera with interchangeable lenses. You can choose between prime lenses or zoom lenses but keep in mind that prime lenses are smaller as compared to zoom lenses because they don’t have internal moving parts.

Finding the Right Camera For You

Nowadays, there are plenty of brands that sell analog cameras so you should keep all your options open and then find out which brand offers amazing after-sales support. Before buying a film camera read some reviews on that particular model and if possible, talk to people who own that film camera. If possible, go to a store and see the camera with your own eyes because you can never know if you like a film camera until you hold it in your hands.

Keep in mind that film cameras are not cheap! If you’re someone who wants to click amazing images then it’s best to spend some extra bucks on a good quality analog camera because they have a certain ‘flavor’ that is difficult to find on digital cameras.

If you’re someone who loves clicking selfies then it’s best to go for digital cameras because they offer amazing features such as self-timer, face detection, and many more. Digital cameras are also available in different price ranges so you can choose the one which is perfect for your budget. If possible, try to buy a digital camera with a large image sensor because they capture images with very little noise and that too at low-light conditions.

If you’re someone who loves clicking pictures of nature then it’s best to go for a DSLR camera with interchangeable lenses because they offer amazing image quality. On top of that, if you’re someone who loves clicking macro photos then DSLR cameras are perfect for you because they allow you to focus on an object which is very close to the lens.

FAQs

What is the Point-And-Shoot Film Camera used for?

This is going to be your first question while buying a point-and-shoot film camera. If you’re looking to buy a point-and-shoot film camera for casual everyday use then go for an autofocus camera that has a fixed lens and automatic features. But if you want to take photography as your profession or want it as a serious hobby, then consider buying yourself an advanced manual focus camera that offers interchangeable lenses and manual features.

How much should I spend on a Point-and-shoot film camera?

You should always keep in mind the amount of money you’re willing to spend on a point-and-shoot film camera because that’s going to be your budget limit. If you’re looking for an expensive model then don’t worry — there are plenty of those as well. You can go for the likes of Rolleiflex, Yashica, and Lomo to name a few

Automatic or manual features: Which do you prefer in a camera?

If you’re looking for an advanced camera then it’s going to be automatically more expensive than the cheaper models. DSLRs are better in terms of image quality, manual control, and lens options but automatic cameras are always a convenient choice for casual users.

Where would you mostly be using the point-and-shoot film camera?

You should keep in mind the environment where you’ll mostly be using your camera. While if you’re going to take pictures indoors then a flash can be very useful. But if you’re outdoors then it’s better to avoid the automatic mode and switch to manual mode because you’ll get better results that way.
Do consider buying yourself a vintage point-and-shoot film camera. They might cost you more but they offer much better picture quality and features than modern-day cameras. But keep in mind to buy the point-and-shoot film camera that has all the features you’re looking for. You can even consider buying a used or vintage camera if it has all the features you’re looking for.

The Last Word!

It’s always better to first consider your requirements, budget, and preferences because these things will decide your choice. If you’re looking to buy a point-and-shoot film camera grab the best one we have mentioned in this article by considering your requirements.


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