The Canon Photura is a very unusual looking but excellent quality point and shoot 35mm camera from the early 1990s. In Popular Mechanics 1990 roundup of advanced compact cameras, the reviewer described the Photura as 'avant garde' and gave it the highest marks of the lot. It looks more like an analog camcorder than a 35mm point-and-shoot but its form does really follow function: the camera is built around its 35-105mm f/2.8-6.6 lens (10 elements in 9 groups), which is unusually large and high quality for a point-and-shoot zoom (and quite fast at the wide angle end).
Options If you pick '+ battery', a 2CR5 6V lithium battery will be installed. If you choose '+ battery & film', you'll receive a 24 exposure roll of Fujicolor 200 film.
Condition notes All camera features were tested with a battery and film installed (the film was not developed) and is working great. There was a small chip on the back side of the camera that we repaired with epoxy putty and enamel, otherwise the aesthetic condition of the camera is very good (see photos). The original manual is included.
Type: Fully automatic 35mm Lens-Shutter autofocus camera with zoom lens
Picture Size: 24×36 mm and panorama (Japanese version only)
AF System: 3-point Smart Autofocus with near-infrared beam. Prefocus enabled. Close-up warning provided. One focusing point (at center). 0.8 m – infinity and infinity-only modes provided. Fixed magnification mode: Zooms automatically to 1/55 of image size.
Lens: 35-105mm f/2.8-6.6 (10 elements in 9 groups). Power zoom lever provided.
Shutter: Electromagnetic programmed shutter and aperture. In auto mode and flash-on mode: EV 9.75 (f/2.8 at 1/100 sec.) – EV 15 (f/11 at 1/250 sec.) at 35mm, and EV 12.25 (f/6.6 at 1/100 sec.) – EV 17.5 (f/27 at 1/250 sec.) at 105mm. In slow-speed sync mode and flash-off mode: EV 2 (f/2.8 at 2 sec.) – EV 15 (f/11 at 1/250 sec.) at 35mm, and EV 4.5 (f/6.6 at 2 sec.) – EV 17.5 (f/27 at 1/250 sec.) at 105mm. Built-in electronic self-timer.
Viewfinder: Direct zoom viewfinder. Switchable between eye-level finder and direct low-angle zoom finder. Eye-level finder magnification: 0.35x – 1.05x. Low-angle finder magnification: 0.21x – 0.62x. Dioptric correction lever provided for dioptric correction from -2 to 0 diopters. 84% coverage. Within the image area are the AF frame, parallax correction marks, AF lamp (green LED), and AE lamp (red LED).
EE: Composite SPC for full-auto program EE with 3-zone metering. Metering range of EV 2 – 17.5 (ISO 100). Film speed range: ISO 25 – 3200 (with DX code).
Built-in Flash: Built-in flash in cap. Guide No. 12 – 25 (at ISO 100 in meters). Fires automatically in low-light and backlit conditions. Red-eye reduction lamp provided.
Power Source: One 6 V 2CR5 lithium battery
Film Loading & Advance : After opening camera back, drop-in film loading. Then close the camera back for auto loading. Automatic film advance with built-in motor. Film advance speed of 1 fps.
Frame Counter: Two-digit display with 7-segment LCD.
Film Rewind: Automatic rewind with built-in motor. Midroll rewind enabled.
Dimensions & Weight: 100 x 74 x 156 mm, 645 g (with battery)