Chinon Bellami ultra-compact 35mm film camera w/detachable flash

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The Chinon Bellami is a classic ultra-compact 35mm camera from the 1980s designed to compete with similarly tiny Minox 35 and Rollei 35 cameras. Like those other cameras, the Bellami uses scale focus (you estimate the distance of your subject and turn your lens to the number or simply use the detented 3 meter/10 foot distance (where most snapshots will be in focus in good outdoor light).

This was one of our favorite cameras we've ever tested. It features 'barn doors' that close to protect the lens when the camera is not in use. The Bellami is not for everyone (scale focusing takes a bit of getting used to), but if you want a camera that's as small as a deck of cards yet still offers superb image quality, it's well worth considering.

The Chinon Bellami requires two 357 silver oxide batteries (available as an option) or LR44 alkaline batteries; the included flash requires a single AA battery (not included).

Example photos
Here are some photos that other people have taken with this model of camera:

Condition notes
We film tested this camera and it delivered sharp, correctly exposed images. The camera is in very good cosmetic condition (see photos). The included flash is also in good condition but has some minor cosmetic wear (see photos)




  • Type: 35 mm EE Compact Camera with Retractable Lens System
  • Negative Size: 24 X 36 mm
  • Film: 35 mm Film Lens: F/2.8 35 mm, 4-elements in 3-groups
  • Viewfinder: Bright Frame, Viewfinder Magnification (0.5X)
  • Shutter: SEIKO Program EE Shutter, Shutter Speed from 1/8 to 1/1000 sec.
  • Exposure Meter: Cds EE Exposure System, EV6 - 17(ASA 100), ASA25-400 (DIN 15 - 27)
  • Minimum Focusing Distance: 1 m (3.3 ft.)
  • Film Wind: Single stroke
  • Film Counter: Automatically indicates number of exposures and resets to "0" position when the camera back is opened.
  • Film Rewind: Folding Crank type
  • Flash: Chinon Dedicated Auto Flash provision, built-in flash ready lamp (red LED)
  • Synchronization: "X" Flash Sync.
  • Dust Cover: Dust cover can be opened and closed easily by the film advance lever. Meter switch is activated while the dust cover is fully opened.
  • Battery’ Check: Built-in Green LED
  • Slow Shutter Speed Warning: Built-in Red LED
  • Accessory: Chinon Dedicated Auto Flash S-120
  • Power Source: Two 1.5V Alkaline batteries (LR 44, A 76) or Two 1.5V Silver Oxide batteries (SR44, G 13, S76)
  • Dimensions: 105 (L) X 63 (H) X 33 (W) mm (4.13" X 2.48" X 1.29")-When dust cover is closed
  • Weight: 220 grams (8.8 oz.)


  • Type: Automatic Electronic Flash dedicated for Chinon Bellami Camera
  • Guide Number: 12 (ASA 100, Meters), or 39 (ASA 100,Feet)
  • Applicable ASA Film Speeds: ASA 100 and 400. Film speed is automatically set when the ASA film speed dial is set to these positions.
  • Flash Mode Selector: Switch for Auto Flash Daylight Sync, and Off positions.
  • F Stop for Auto Flash: F/4 (ASA 100, 400). F stop is automatically set to F/4 by the auto flash.
  • Auto Operation: 1-3 m (3.28 - 9.84 ft.)—ASA 100 1.7 -6m (5.58-19.68 ft.)—ASA 400
  • Illumination Angle: Picture area of 35 mm focal length lens
  • Number of Flashes: Approximately 120 with AA size Alkaline battery
  • Recycling Time: Approximately 10 seconds with AA size Alkaline battery
  • Power Source: One 1.5V AA size Alkaline battery
  • Dimension: 60 (H) X 44 (W) X 33 (D) mm (2.36" X 1.73" X 1.30")
  • Weight: 60 grams (2.1 oz.) without battery