The 15 Best Point and Shoot Film Cameras (NEW Reviews)

Today, we are completely surrounded by the latest digital technology in the form of mirrorless cameras, DSLRs, compact digital cameras, and camera phones.

Film cameras are hard to come by these days, but our roundup review below lists the well-known camera brands currently available online.

Best Overall
  • Easy to use (beginner-friendly)
  • Lightweight
  • Flash built-in
  • Film-saving mode - 36 film gives 72 half-frame photos
RETO Ultra Wide and Slim 35mm
Great Alternative
  • Beginner suitable
  • Lightweight (fits in pocket)
  • 35mm film camera
  • 22mm lens (nice wide view)
Kodak M35 Reusable M35
Best Budget
  • Reusable camera
  • 31 mm standard lens
  • Manual film winding
  • 135 Film (24x36mm) ISO 200 / 400

Best Point and Shoot Film Camera Reviews


  • Easy to use (beginner-friendly)
  • Lightweight
  • Flash built-in
  • Film-saving mode – 36 film gives 72 half-frame photos

2. RETO Ultra

  • Beginner suitable
  • Lightweight (fits in pocket)
  • 35mm film camera
  • 22mm lens (nice wide view)

3. Kodak M35

  • Reusable camera
  • 31 mm standard lens
  • Manual film winding
  • 135 Film (24x36mm) ISO 200 / 400

4. Fujifilm Instax Mini 90 Neo Classic Instant Film Camera

Highlights of the Fujifilm Instax Mini 90 Neo Classic Instant Film Camera

  • 2 component, 2 elements f/12.7 60 mm lens (approximates to a 35 mm view)
  • Auto Exposure
  • Double exposure mode
  • Electronic shutter release – 1.8 to 1/400 second shutter speed
  • Bulb mode allows creative light trails with up to 10 seconds long exposure
  • Kids mode allows the photographing of faster-moving objects like kids or pets


The Fujifilm Instax Mini 90 offers a range of advanced features like double exposure mode and longer exposures.

There’s also a macro mode for photographing close-up details like flower petals, insects, or whatever else tickles your fancy.

The focussing motor changes between 3 different stages – macro mode (30 cm to 60 cm), normal mode (60 cm to 3 meters), and landscape mode (3 meters to infinity).


The fun, bubble-like design of the Instax Mini 90 looks both retro and modern at the same time – how is that even possible?!

It was launched in the Summer of 2017 so while it’s not vintage now, it will be someday!

It’s stylish and easy to hold. It is reasonably light at just over 10 ounces.


The Fujifilm Instax Mini 90 feels just like a regular film p&s camera.

We like that it is responsive very quickly after powering the camera on.

The fact that the battery is rechargeable is a novelty considering that the majority of the point-and-shoot film cameras we’ve looked at use standard non-rechargeable batteries.

The image quality of the prints is very good.

It’s also a durable build and can withstand normal wear and tear in its stride.

It has a plastic feel but it’s still built in a solid way.

In the right lighting conditions, and in the right hands, the photographs from the Instax Mini 90 have a nice retro feel to capture a certain look and mood.

Manufacturer Information

Fujifilm is a world-class leader when it comes to designing and building camera equipment.

They were founded in 1934 and they are hugely popular with photographers who have a tendency towards preferring vintage design, look and feel.

Within the modern mirrorless camera market, Fujifilm is one of the leading companies paving the way with its range of cameras.


Overall, the Fujifilm Instax Mini 90 Neo Classic is a fun, retro-looking film camera with a modern twist.

The image quality is very decent although you’ll have to bear in mind that it’s not going to give you the same image quality if you are photographing indoors in lower light.

That’s the nature of the beast when it comes to film cameras of this type.

We Like

  • Good quality photographs when shooting outdoors in good light.
  • Overall, good fun to use.
  • Very nicely designed
  • Battery included and it’s rechargeable!

We Don’t Like

  • The lens is a bit slow, it’s mostly an outdoor camera unless you are using flash.
  • No ability to charge the camera in-body.

5. Pentax Espio 140V 35mm Date Camera

Highlights of the Pentax Espio 140V 35mm Date Camera

  • f/5.8 – f/11.8 38mm – 140mm zoom lens
  • 5 point autofocus system
  • Viewfinder zooms with the change of lens focal length


The Pentax Espio140V point-and-shoot film camera boasts a 38 mm to 140 mm zoom lens and a 5-point autofocusing system.

It is powered by a 3 volt CR123A lithium battery.


Nicely designed, the Pentax Espio 140V camera has a low-profile compact body.

It is user-friendly and has a multi-function flash with fill and auto-zoom.

This version of the camera automatically inputs the date onto the film with each exposure.


Operating, the Pentax Espio 140V feels nice to use and the viewfinder is very good for a camera of this class.

As you would expect, the viewfinder view zooms as you adjust the focal length of the lens.

It has a diopter adjustment too which is handy if you are a glasses wearer.

The lens is reasonably sharp although it is slower (it lets less light in) when compared to other similar p&s camera models.

Manufacturer Information

Pentax, a Japanese brand, was a big player in the compact P&S film camera market and manufactured a lot of popular models that became big sellers.

Pentax cameras were noted for their reliability, range of features, and robustness.


Overall, the Pentax Espio 140V is a decent all-rounder. Its lightweight body makes it easy to carry around in your pocket.

The 5-point autofocus system helps get accurate focusing on your subject the majority of the time

We Like

  • Lightweight body.
  • Decent viewfinder.

We Don’t Like

  • Slow lens.

6. Canon EOS Rebel GII 35mm Film SLR Camera Kit w/ EF 35-80mm Lens

Highlights of the Canon EOS Rebel GII 35mm Film SLR Camera

  • 35mm-80mm zoom lens (f/4 – f/5.6)
  • 11 different exposure mode
  • Includes fully automatic mode
  • Flash (built-in) included with red-eye reduction
  • 3 point autofocus system


This camera is the highly anticipated update to Canon’s popular Rebel G SLR.

It’s a great camera for beginner students of photography who want to learn how to shoot with film.

The camera lens supplied is interchangeable which allows flexibility when it comes to lens choice later on.

Starting out, a 35 mm to 80 mm range is ideal for most normal photography.


This camera looks and feels like a miniature SLR instead of one of the leading point-and-shoot film cameras.

It’s a step up from a traditional point-and-shoot because of the interchangeable lens and range of exposure modes.

Note that the ability to change lenses in cameras of this level is normally unheard of.

The silver design is slick and the built-in flash neatly blends in with the camera shape when not in use.


The autofocus is a nice feature that is operated when you half-press the shutter.

One thing we noticed is that the motor tends to be a little noisy when advancing the roll of film for the next exposure.

It’s something we can live with though.

The auto-exposure modes do an excellent job of selecting the right settings for exposing each frame.

We couldn’t fault it.

Manufacturer Information

Canon is a well-regarded manufacturer when it comes to cameras.

Put simply, Canon is a leader within the camera market and they know what they’re doing.

This camera is the successor to the highly popular Canon Rebel G SLR camera.


Overall, the Canon EOS Rebel GII 35mm Film SLR Camera is a decent point-and-shoot film camera model that I’d classify as an advanced P&S camera (point-and-shoot).

The in-built light metering is very good and allows for accurate exposures.

It is intuitive and easy to use.

Considering all of the included functionality, this is a very good vintage film camera for the price.

We Like

  • Nice automatic features with 11 exposure modes.
  • Easy to understand and use.
  • Accurate light meter built-in.
  • Lightweight considering the included lens.

We Don’t Like

  • Batteries not included (CR123A/DL123A 3 volts lithium batteries).
  • A little slow to advance the film for the next exposure.
  • The motor tends to be a bit noisy.

7. Canon Sure Shot Tele 80 35mm Camera

Highlights of the Canon Sure Shot Tele 80 35mm Camera

  • 2.1x optical zoom lens
  • f/3.7 to f/7.3 38mm to 80mm lens
  • Built-in flash
  • Self-delay timer


This automatic 35mm camera is nice and comfortable to use thanks to the larger-than-usual viewfinder.

Even glasses wearers find it a joy to operate without it becoming uncomfortable.

The mode dial allows for easy selection between the various automatic modes of operation.


We like the compact look and feel of this point-and-shoot film camera. The black finish has a nice luxurious and comfortable feel to it.

Overall, a nice and easy simple layout design makes this camera comfortable to grip and very easy to use.


In operation, the camera works well and the battery lasts for a decent length of time.

Pressing the zoom button will extend the lens so that it now operates as an 80mm lens, a nice flattering focal length for portraits.

However, you’ll need to be in very good light for this zoom mode because the aperture ramps down from f/3.7 to f/7.3 which is a notable drop of about 2 stops of light.

Manufacturer Information

Canon is one of the longest-established and most reputable camera manufacturers.

It’s no wonder that they have a massive and loyal customer base that they have built up over the long number of decades that they’ve been operating for.

Once a photographer is ready to move away from beginner cameras, assuming they wish to be loyal to the brand, Canon has so many powerful cameras to offer to intermediate and more advanced users.


The Canon Sure Shot Tele 80 35mm Camera is a very decent camera for beginners who would like to dabble in the world of film photography.

The easy-to-use features combined with a comfortable hold make this camera a good choice.

We Like

  • Relative ease of use.
  • Longer battery life.
  • Decent autofocus.

We Don’t Like

  • Nothing really.

8. Pentax IQ Zoom 130M Date 35mm Camera

Highlights of the Pentax IQ Zoom 130M Date 35mm Camera

  • 3.4x optical zoom lens with a decent 38mm to 130mm focal length
  • Viewfinder zooms relative to the lens focal length
  • Fail-safe film loading capabilities
  • Multi-pattern exposure metering
  • Decent LCD panel that shows the current camera settings


Weighing in at only 8.3 ounces, the Pentax IQ Zoom 130M Date 35mm Camera has a nice range of features.

The built-in lens has a generous range of focal lengths between 38mm at the wide end and 130mm at the long end.

This allows you to optically zoom in nice and close to objects or people that are a bit further away.

The macro zoom feature is handy too if you want to get close-ups of flowers or other small details.

At the flick of a switch, you can change to panorama mode to capture a beautifully wide landscape or group shot.

This makes the camera a handy companion if you intend to take it on vacation and want to capture locations in all of their scenic glory.


Compact and well-designed, the Pentax 130M packs a lot of features into its small body.

The LCD panel on top gives a readout of the current settings (e.g. flash settings, exposure modes, and exposure counter).

The camera feels natural when held in the hands.


Powering up the Pentax 130M in your hands is a nice feeling because the camera feels responsive and is promptly ready for action.

Looking through the viewfinder gives a realistic perspective of the image you will capture because the image size shown will be relative to how much you are zoomed in by.

The viewfinder is also adjustable depending on your eyesight level.

The autofocus system works flawlessly in the background to produce pin-sharp images all of the time, as long as you’re shooting in good light.

We tend to say this a lot with film cameras, they’re not really in their comfort zone when shooting indoors or even in the shade once the sun has set.

Manufacturer Information

Pentax, a Japanese brand, was a big player in the compact P&S film camera market and manufactured a lot of popular models that became big sellers.

Pentax cameras were noted for their reliability, range of features, and robustness.


Overall, we like the Pentax IQ Zoom 130M Date 35mm Camera and it packs a lot of punch into its unassuming and compact body.

Usability is good and it just feels nice to use.

There’s a nice backlight compensation feature that can adjust the image so that the flash doesn’t always need to be used.

This can help avoid the unnecessary red-eye effect that the flash often causes with point-and-shoot film cameras of this size.

We Like

  • Easy to use.
  • Viewfinder is comfortable.
  • Nice range on the zoom lens.

We Don’t Like

  • The occurrence of the red-eye effect from the flash is a little higher than usual because the flash is located a little too close to the lens.

9. Olympus 35mm Trip Autofocus 50 QD Camera

Highlights of the Olympus 35mm Trip Autofocus 50 QD Camera

  • 28mm f/5.6 wide-angle lens
  • In-built flash
  • Autofocus system
  • Red-eye reduction


The Olympus 35mm Trip Autofocus 50 QD Camera (QD standing for Quartz Date) is a neat little point-and-shoot film camera with many automatic features.

It has auto film advancing, automatic focus, and a carefully arranged button layout for intuitive ease of use.


The design of the Olympus 35mm Trip Autofocus 50 QD Camera is typical of its era.

Functional, light, and contains a generously sized viewfinder and built-in flash.

Embodied within the metallic finish, the Olympus lens is known for its clarity and it does a nice job reproducing color accuracy.


This Olympus Trip AF 50 camera makes taking photos on film a joy.

It takes a 3-volt lithium battery (DL123A/CR123A) and then it’s ready to go.

It feels comfortable to use, especially the viewfinder and the buttons feel nice to touch.

Pressing the shutter button down halfway triggers the autofocus to kick in and focus on the center part of the screen.

The user manual advises replacing the batteries when it starts to take about 15 seconds for the flash indicator to light up indicating ready mode.

Manufacturer Information

Olympus is a Japanese camera manufacturer that has been around for over 100 years.

They initially built microscopes and thermometers but their knowledge of optics gradually led them into the camera market.

For many decades, they produced some outstanding cameras.


The Olympus Trip AF50 camera is a well-respected camera and a good fit for a beginner/enthusiast-level photographer looking to get into film photography.

The images produced from its inbuilt 28mm f/5.6 lens are of decent quality.

We Like

  • Good camera for the price.
  • Durable, tough design.

We Don’t Like

  • No zoom lens.
  • We found the flash sometimes intermittent.

10. Olympus Stylus Zoom 140 DLX 35mm Camera

Highlights of the Olympus Stylus Zoom 140 DLX 35mm Camera

  • f/4 to f/11 38mm-140mm zoom lens
  • Splash resistant
  • Different flash modes
  • Quick panorama mode
  • Electronic shutter


The Olympus Stylus Zoom 140 DLX 35mm Point-and-Shoot Film Camera is fully automatic with focus, exposure, and film transportation.

It is well-built and splash resistant.

It boasts being the world’s most compact 140mm zoom camera.


Overall, we like the design of the Olympus Stylus Zoom 140 and that it is splash resistant, durable (with the lens retracted), and comfortable to hold.

We’re not a big fan of the telescopic nature of the zoom lens and the way it extends externally instead of internally.

Although, that’s only a minor point and not something we wouldn’t get too upset about.

The camera is not as durable once the lens is fully extended.


The camera features an LCD that shows battery level remaining, flash mode, night mode, red-eye reduction, self-timer, exposure more, and the number of exposures.

Operating for the first time is as straightforward as loading a battery into the side compartment, opening the back cover, inserting the recommended ISO 400 film, closing the back cover, sliding the lens cover back, and then you are ready to shoot.

When the film reaches the end, the Olympus Stylus Zoom 140 DLX will automatically rewind it to a point ready for development.

That part is noisy but it’s not a deal-breaker.

The battery is long-lasting, you should get through approximately 15 rolls of 24-exposure film and that’s allowing for the flash to be used on half of the shots.

As with any camera of this nature, you’ll get more mileage from the batteries if you do fewer zoom operations.

According to the user manual, the Olympus Stylus Zoom 140 camera can be used in rain or snow.

Manufacturer Information

Olympus is a brand name that photographers have trusted for a number of generations. The company is known for pursuing the highest level of picture quality and performance.

They have recently exited the camera market but leave behind a massive legacy that any camera manufacturer would be proud of.


The Olympus Stylus Zoom 140 DLX is a well-rounded point-and-shoot film camera.

We think it’s a great camera for the price. The pictures are very decent, once they are exposed to decent light conditions.

Be careful when shooting in night mode, you’ll either need a tripod or an incredibly still hand because the shutter speed needs to go down very low to capture as much light as possible.

We Like

  • Splash-resistant, tough body
  • Long battery life.
  • Comfortable, accurate viewfinder.

We Don’t Like

  • The zoom lens protrudes a lot when out at full zoom.
  • The film rewind is a bit loud.

11. Konica Z-UP 150 VP Date 35mm Camera

Highlights of the Konica Z-UP 150 VP Date 35mm Camera

  • f/5 to f/13.5 38mm – 150mm zoom lens
  • Multi-shooting modes
  • In-built flash.
  • Color and Black & White film compatible.


The zoom lens that reaches 150mm is a noteworthy feature of this camera.

Autofocus mode kicks into focus lock when you half-press the shutter. Includes a self-timer.

Shutter speed ranges from 1/320s to 1.5s.


The Konica Z-UP 150 VP date kit camera sports a distinct champagne gold and black color scheme.

Built with metal at the front and plastic on the back and sides.


If shooting in conditions where you require the flash a lot, you’ll notice a lag of about 8 seconds as the underpowered flash needs to be recycled.

There’s a notable flare (or light leak) in the corners once you are zoomed out past 100 mm.

Other than that, the camera takes nice sharp pictures in good light and at shorter focal lengths (38mm to 90mm).

Manufacturer Information

Konica was a Japanese manufacturer of film cameras, film, camera accessories, and photographic processing equipment.

Their origin story dates back to 1873 which even predates Kodak in the photographic world.

They pioneered auto-exposure in SLR cameras in the 1960s.


The zoom range of this camera is very good because for a camera body this size, you’d find it hard to get a zoom range as good.

While the long focal length is a nice feature to have, when fully extended, you couldn’t exactly call the camera “compact”.

That’s only a minor point though.

With the fastest shutter speed being 1/320s, this camera would not be the best choice if you are hoping to capture outdoor sports.

We Like

  • Slick design.
  • Realistic viewfinder that zooms with the lens zoom.

We Don’t Like

  • Slow lens rating especially at the long end where it ramps down to f/13.5
  • Notable lens flare when beyond 100 mm.
  • The flash is underwhelming and takes about 8 seconds to recharge.

12. Rollei Prego Zoom 35mm Camera

Highlights of the Rollei Prego 70mm Zoom 35mm Camera

  • Fully automatic camera operation.
  • f/4.5-f/8.5 35mm – 70mm optical zoom lens.
  • Rugged and compact design.
  • Built-in flash with different modes.


The Rollei Prego Zoom point-and-shoot camera was launched in 1993 and features a Schneider zoom lens.

The LCD panel indicates the exposure number, focal length as well as what mode the camera is in.

The camera features a “snap” mode for quick action photography.


The design of the Rollei Prego is fairly perfunctory. It looks good for a camera that is pretty much pushing 3 decades old.

The lens section remains exposed instead of being tucked away behind a sliding cover.


The lens in this camera is reasonably sharp and produces stunning photographs in good lighting conditions.

The shorter focal length range on the lens most likely contributes to this increased image quality when compared to other models that have a longer zoom range.

Manufacturer Information

Rollei, a German manufacturer of cameras and other optical instruments, was founded in 1920.

The brand has a long history of ownership and restructuring changes.

The Prego cameras were sold by Rollei but manufactured in Asia by other companies including Ricoh.


We are not in love with the placement of the wide and tele zoom buttons because they can be easily pressed instead of the shutter button.

Speaking of which, the shutter button action feels very light and can be too easily pressed resulting in accidental exposures.

Overall, it’s not a bad camera when you consider the price. It takes decent photographs in nice light.

We Like

  • The fill-in flash.
  • Decent image quality in good lighting conditions.

We Don’t Like

  • Shutter button too easily pressed.
  • Awkward placement of the zoom button.

13. Nikon Lite Touch 35mm Camera

Highlights of the Nikon Lite Touch 35mm Camera

  • 28 mm lens
  • Panorama mode included
  • Large viewfinder
  • Compact design
  • Fully automatic


Small, compact, and light, this Nikon Lite Touch point-and-shoot film camera is worth considering (see best Nikon cameras) if you are a new photographer and interested in exploring film photography.

It has a nice wide 28 mm lens, a decently sized viewfinder, built-in flash, and fully automatic focus and exposure.


The Nikon Lite Touch 35mm Camera is black in color and has a smooth design overall.

I like the protective bevel that protrudes to protect the lens.

Overall, the Nikon Lite Touch camera is reasonably durable and has a tough build to protect it from normal wear and tear.


The lens is reasonably sharp and the photographs it produces have decent contrast and reasonable color.

The autofocus system works well.

Manufacturer Information

Nikon is a Japanese manufacturer of optical equipment founded over 100 years ago.

They have been a strong brand within the camera space for many decades.

In recent years, they have been struggling financially and have been facing many operational challenges because of this.

Their customer base has been loyal for many years and this is not surprising as they have an excellent range of cameras.


The Nikon Lite Touch point-and-shoot film camera is a decent offering.

It’s a basic camera and well-suited for people who do not regard themselves as fully-fledged photographers.

We Like

  • Nice compact size makes it easy to fit in a pocket.
  • Easy to use controls.
  • Good price.

We Don’t Like

  • Panoramic photos are less sharp.
  • Fragile lens cover.
  • Battery not included.

14. Konica Minolta 110 Date Zoom 35mm Film Camera

Highlights of the Konica Minolta 110 Date Zoom 35mm Film Camera

  • f/5.4 – f/10.5 38mm – 110mm lens
  • Built-in flash that helps reduce red-eye
  • 1,000 step autofocus system


The Konica Minolta 110 Zoom camera has a focal length range from 38mm at the wide end and 110mm at the long end.

It has Date/Time imprinting and fully automatic focus and exposure.

It has an ISO range of 25 to 3200 which covers a wide range of print films.


The Konica Minolta 110 Date Zoom point-and-shoot film camera is designed with grip and comfort in mind.

It has a metallic finish and looks stylish for a camera of its time.


Looking through the viewfinder of the Konica Minolta 110 is a comfortable experience thanks to the extended viewfinder.

It automatically adjusts to the current zoom level of the lens.

Holding the camera feels natural and the buttons are placed more or less where you would expect them to be placed.

Manufacturer Information

Konica was a Japanese manufacturer of film cameras, film, camera accessories, and photographic processing equipment.

Their origin story dates back to 1873 which even predates Kodak in the photographic world.

They pioneered auto-exposure in SLR cameras in the 1960s.


Overall, the Konica Minolta 110 Date Zoom camera is a decent competitor among its peers.

We like that the zoom motor is quiet and that the camera itself is both easy and comfortable to use.

We Like

  • Quiet zoom motor.
  • Sharp image quality.

We Don’t Like

  • 8.5 seconds of flash recycle time.

15. Leica Minilux Zoom 35mm Camera

Highlights of the Leica Minilux Zoom 35mm Camera

  • f/3.5 – f/6.5 35-70mm Leica Vario-Elmar zoom lens.
  • Fully automatic or manual operation.
  • Hot shoe for optional external flash.
  • Built-in flash.


The Leica Minilux Zoom has a UV filter built-in.

Flash modes are standard enough with automatic, red-eye reduction, and slow sync.

The zoom lens, while not terribly fast, is the fastest zoom lens in the compact Leica range.


The Leica Minilux Zoom p&s film camera has a nice retro design look.

The body is constructed from high-grade titanium.

The viewfinder is not ideal, it’s simply too small to be considered useful.


The lack of a sliding cover to protect the lens will mean you’ll end up resorting to using the lens cap.

Invariably, this could lead to taking exposures with the lens cap attached and you’ll be none the wiser until your photographs are developed.

The zoom speed feels slow.

The light metering mode is center-weighted average so you might have to end up using the exposure compensation mode depending on what lighting conditions you are faced with.

Once you have your shot lined up and press the shutter, there is a notable delay until the flash fires and the shutter opens to make the exposure.

Manufacturer Information

Leica is a well-known German manufacturer of optical equipment such as binoculars, microscopes, and of course, cameras and lenses.

The company was founded in 1914 and is a well-respected camera brand that has produced many commercially successful camera models.


Leica’s Minilux Zoom is an average-performing camera.

It tends to underexpose by approximately 1 stop so one workaround for this is to program the camera to store +1 EV into the camera’s memory.

We Like

  • Good quality optics.
  • Choice of using manual exposure for more artistic control.
  • Hotshoe to use an upgraded flash.

We Don’t Like

  • Pricey.
  • The viewfinder is too small.
  • Feels heavy and the ergonomics are not great.
  • Awkward placement of shutter button.

Final Thoughts

Well, there we have it.

Researching for this list of the best point-and-shoot film cameras was great fun and an enjoyable bit of nostalgia.

Some notable brands gleaned the list, namely Canon, Pentax, Olympus, Minolta, Konica, Leica, and Nikon.

Unfortunately, not all of these camera brands are still around today but they all certainly made their mark when point-and-shoot film cameras were all the rage.

The important point to understand is that film cameras are older technology.

If you are going to make a purchase, we highly recommend that you do so from a reputable retailer because there is a chance that you might receive a second-hand edition that simply might not work as intended.

Our FAQs above hopefully covered the main questions that readers will have about older film cameras.

Meanwhile, best of luck with your vintage camera purchase and enjoy reliving the glory days of film!

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