Olympus Infinity SuperZoom 300 35mm film camera (serial 1005433)

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First released in 1988, the Olympus Infinity SuperZoom 300 (also sold as the SuperZoom AZ-300) is one of the original 'bridge cameras' combining point-and-shoot ease of use with the lens quality and many of the advanced features typically found in SLRs.

Here's what Olympus said about it when it was new:

"In creating the Infinity SuperZoom 300, Olympus set out to develop a multiple function, compact camera that would not only be fun to use but gives the photographer the ability to handle almost any problem quickly and easily. It provides the type of photographic creativity and versatility previously available only with much larger, more expensive and more complicated cameras."

The camera requires two CR123A lithium batteries for power (available as an add-on).

Condition notes
This camera (serial number 1005433) was tested with a battery and film roll installed (the film was not developed) and all functions are working perfectly. Its cosmetic condition is also good (see photos). We also verified the film plane focus accuracy on an autocollimator.

Example photos
To give you an idea of the camera's optics, here are some photos taken by other people using this model of camera: https://www.lomography.com/cameras/3351433-olympus-az-300-superzoom/photos

Manual https://www.cameramanuals.org/olympus_pdf/olympus_infinity_super_zoom_300.pdf

Specs

  • Type: Full-automatic 35mm autofocus lens-shutter camera with built-in Zoom lens
  • Film format: 35mm standard DX coded film (24 × 36mm)
  • Lens: Olympus 38-105mm F4.5-6 lens with 12 elements in 11 groups
  • Shutter: Programmed electronic shutter
  • Viewfinder: Kepler type 0.46-1.2x bright frame zoom-finder (with autofocus frame, AF indicator, flash indicator, spot metering indicator. macro indicator)
  • Parallax compensation system in macro photography
  • Finder view-field: 85% of actual picture field
  • Focusing: Passive autofocus system with focus lock
  • Focusing range: 1.3m(4.3ft)- ∞ (infinitv); 0.8m(2.6ft) - 1.3m(4.3ft) in macro photography
  • Exposure control: Automatic exposure control with programmed electronic shutter (Center-weighted average light metering, switchable to spot metering)
  • Auto exposure range: WIDE: EV3.4(F4.5,2 sec.) - EVI7(F16, 1 / 500 sec.); TELE: EV4.4( F6, 2 sec.) - EVI7(F18.4. 1/400 sec.)
  • Exposure compensation: ‡1.5EV Compensation possible (1 / 2 step)
  • Exposure counter: Progressive type, displayed in LCD panel
  • Self-timer: Electronic self-timer with 12 sec. delay
  • Film speed range: Automatic setting with DX coded film ISO 25-3200 with color negative film (Actual setting at 25, 50, 100, 200, 400,
  • 800, 1600, 3200. For other intermediate film speeds, the camera is automatically set to the lower speed. For ISO 32 film, it is set to ISO
  • 100.) 
  • Film loading: Automatic loading (automatically advances to first frame when camera back is closed)
  • Film advance: Automatic film winding
  • Film rewind: Automatic film rewind (automatic rewind activated at the end of film, automatic rewind stop), rewind possible at any point with rewind button.
  • AF illuminator: Automatic actuation in low light
  • Flash: Built-in zoom flash
  • Recycling time: SINGLE MODE: approx. 3.5 sec. (at normal Temperature)
  • Continuous Mode: approx. 2.5 sec. (at normal temperature)
  • Flash working range: 
    • WIDE: 1.3m(4.3ft) - 4m(13.1ft); TELE: 1.3m(4.3ft) - 4m(13.1ft) with ISO 100 negative color film 
    • WIDE: 1.3 m(4.3ft) - 8m(26.2ft) TELE: 1.3m(4.3ft) 8m(26.2ft) with ISO 400 negative color film
  • Flash modes:
    • AUTO (automatic flash activation in low light and backlight) 
    • FILL-IN (forced activation, slow-synchro possible with longest shutter speed of 2 sec.)
    • OFF (activation stop)
  • Battery check: Displayed in LCD panel
  • Power source: Two 3V lithium batteries (DL 123A/CR123) (replaceable)
  • Dimensions: 132(W)mm x 79(H)mm x 92(D)mm (5.2" x 3.1" x3.7") (excluding protrusions)
  • Weight: 585g (20.6oz) (without batteries)