"MINI" CAMERAS -- SMALL FULL-FRAME 35mm AND APS CAMERAS


A precise definition of a "subminiature" cameras is difficult to specify.  Which cameras to include and which to exclude is really a personal decision.  For example, there are many 35mm cameras that have a full image frame (24x36mm) but are so tiny that they almost qualify as subminiature -- at least in intention.  So let's call these "MINI" cameras, as opposed to "SUBMINI".  The same goes for a few of the newer APS cameras -- some are very small indeed.  

Some people are under the impression that all APS cameras are smaller than 35mm mini-cameras, or that the smallest APS cameras are smaller than the smallest 35mm cameras.  It makes sense that this would be the case, since the APS format is so much smaller than the 35mm format.  But, in fact, there are many 35mm cameras that are as small -- or smaller -- than the smallest APS cameras.  For example, the Canon ELPH (APS) is truly a tiny wonder at 3.5 x 2.4 x 1.1 inches and 6.3 ounces.  But the Minolta TC-1 is a full frame 35mm camera and only 3.9 x 2.3 x 1.1 inches and only 6.5 ounces.  Since the TC-1 has a superior lens and a much larger format, the results from the TC-1 are far superior to the ELPH -- in a camera that is the same size and weight.

Anyway, all of the cameras in this section do not technically meet our definition of a submini camera, but they are very small nonetheless -- and of interest to some subbers.  But since there is no clear-cut definition of what a "MINI" (let alone submini) camera is we will state that to be included in this list, the longest dimension of the camera must be less than 4 inches.  Needless to say there are many good, small cameras (both 35mm and APS) that are just outside of this definition, but they are not listed here.  Many 35mm, and APS cameras are big because of all the features that they include, such as motorized film advance, electronic flash, auto-focus lens, etc.  If these features were to be removed the camera could become very small, but there are very few that meet these criteria.

A list of links for web sites that deal with "MINI" cameras can be found at http://www.canalvip.com.br/nagano/rol_link.htm.

Please contact us if you have additional information to add to this list.



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