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Canon Snappy 20 35mm camera (serial 1538903)

Canon Snappy 20 35mm camera (serial 1538903)

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The Canon Snappy 20 is a simple and elegant point-and-shoot introduced in 1982. The Snappy 20 and its slightly more sophisticated sibling, the Snappy 50, earned a good review in the September 1982 issue of Popular Photography:

"In this case, the name says it all. “Snappy” surely refers to the legions of cartridge- and disk-camera snapshooters that Canon hopes to lure to 35-mm with these inexpensive, highly automated models.
Quite compact and rather handsome in a plastic, space-age fashion, the Snappies have a heavily checkered, contoured right side that makes hand holding a, er .. . snap. Operation requires a bare minimum of attention, although it is not quite as “decision-free” as with the Kodak Disc models.
... For their intended audience of previously uncritical picture-takers, the Snappy cameras should be a revelation. The combination of (comparatively) huge 24x36-mm negatives and cleverly designed cameras should give much sharper, finer-grained prints than these snapshooters are used to."

This camera requires two AA batteries (not included).

Canon Museum entry

Condition notes
The camera was tested with batteries and film installed and all functions are working correctly (the film was not developed however). The camera is in good cosmetic condition (see photos). 

Example photos
Here are some pictures that other people have taken with this model of camera to give you an idea of its image quality:


Specifications (for both Snappy 20 and Snappy 50)

  • Type
    • “Snappy 50”: 35mm lens-shutter camera with automatic film loading, automatic film advance, power film rewind, automatic exposure, and autofocus.
    • “Snappy 20”: 35mm lens-shutter camera with automatic film loading, automatic film advance, power film rewind, and automatic exposure.
  • Format: 24mm x 36mm
  • Lens:
    • “Snappy 50”: Canon 35mm f/3.5.
    • "Snappy 20”: Canon 35mm f/4.5.
  • Lens construction: 4 elements in 4 groups.
  • Lens Shield: Open position; shooting is possible. Closed position; shooting is impossible.
  • Focusing:
    • “Snappy 50”: Canon active autofocus system.
    • “Snappy 20”: Fixed focus.
  • Shooting Distance Range:
    • “Snappy 50”: 1.3m (4.3ft.) to infinity
    • “Snappy 20”: Pan focus, 1.5m (4.9ft.) to infinity
  • Shutter Programmed electromagnetic shutter; also serves as diaphragm blades.
  • Viewfinder Reverse Galilean finder. Magnification: 0.45x. Viewfinder lamp (camera shake warning/battery check LED).
  • Back Cover: Opened by pulling the back cover opening knob.
  • Film Advance: Winding is automatic by pressing and releasing the shutter button for shooting.
  • Film Rewinding: Automatic upon pressing unlock button and pushing film rewind switch. Indicated by frame counter. Film Rewinding stops automatically.
  • Frame Counter" Additive type; automatically resets to “S” by opening back cover. Counts back with film rewind.
  • Automatic Exposure Coupling Range:
    • “Snappy 50”: EV 8.6 to EV 1 5 with ISO/ASA 100.
    • "Snappy 20”: EV 9.3 to EV 15 with ISO/ ASA 100.
  • Film Speed Switch: ISO/ASA 100 & 400.
  • Built-in Flash: Switches to flash photography by sliding the flash switch.
  • Guide Number: 11 (ISO/ASA 100-m)
  • Flash Shooting Distance:
    • “Snappy 50”: 1.3 to 4.5m (app. 4-1/2 to 15ft.) with ISO/ASA 1 00 or ISO/ASA 400.
    • “Snappy 20”: 1.5m to 4.0m (app. 5 to 13ft.) with ISO/ASA 100. 2.7 to 8m (app. 9 to 26ft.) with ISO/ASA 400.
  • Flash Recycling Time: Less than eight seconds (interval between firing of flash and relighting of flash-ready lamp) with new alkaline batteries.
  • Battery Life: Using new alkaline batteries at normal temperatures: Without flash, approximately 30 rolls of 36 exposure film. Using flash for each exposure, approximately 5 rolls of 36 exposure film.
  • Power Source: Two size-AA 1.5 V alkaline or carbon-zinc batteries. (Ni-Cd batteries cannot be used.)
  • Dimensions: 148.2 (W) x 58.3 (H) x 43.6 (D) mm (5-5/16" x 2-5/16" x 1 -11 /16")
  • Weight:
    • “Snappy 50”: 245g (8-5/8 oz.) without batteries.
    • “Snappy 20”: 235g (8-5/16 oz.) without batteries.

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