The Pentax Espio 105WR (also sold as the IQZoom 105WR) is a rugged, high quality weather-resistant 35mm film camera featuring a sharp 38-105mm zoom lens and a number of advanced features.
The Espio 105WR/IQZoom 105WR was warmly received by critics. There was a very thorough and glowing review in the June 1999 issue of PopularPhotography, highlighting the camera's built-quality, lens sharpness, and feature list. The writers at American Photo, came to much the same conclusions in their June-July 1999 issue, awarding it an 'Editor's Choice'.
The Espio 105WR requires a CR123 battery (available as an option).
Condition notes The camera's functions were tested with batteries and a roll of film (the film was not developed) and all modes are working correctly. We also verified the camera's true film plane focus accuracy on an autocollimator (it showed unusually sharp rending for a zoom point-and-shoot). The camera does have cosmetic wear, most notably worn paint around the lens (see photos).
Type: 35mm fully automatic lens-shutter with built-in zoom lens and auto flash, Weather-resistant (JIS class 5)
Film: Auto film speed setting with 35mm perforated DX-coded film with ISO rating from 25 to 3200 (1EV step). Non-DX coded films are automatically set to IS0 25
Format: 24×36mm (Approx. 13x36 in panorama format)
Film loading: Auto film loading. Closing the back cover will automatically wind the film to first exposure.
Film winding: Auto film winding (single-frame)
Film rewinding: Auto film rewinding at the end of roll. Auto stop upon completion of rewinding.
Rewinding time: approx. 20 sec. with 24-exposure film. Rewinding in mid-roll provided.
Frame number: Automatic readout of successive frame numbers in ascending order when shooting, and desending order when rewinding.
Lens: Pentax power zoom 38-105mm f/4.5 -11 6 elements in 5 groups, Angle of view: 59° - 23.5°
Focusing system: Pentax phase-matching passive five-point autofocus system. Autofocusing range: 0.65m (2.1 ft) - infinity, Maximum magnification: approx. 0.19X. Focus lock is provided. Infinity-landscape mode (focus is fixed to infinity), Focus aid illuminator is automatically emitted in low light or hard-to-autofocus subject.
Zooming: Electronic zoom
Shutter: Programmed AE' electronic shutter with speed approx.1/400 - 4 sec. Bulb: 1/2 sec.-5 min, Electromagnetic release.
Self-timer: Electronic lamp indication. Approx.10 sec. Cancellation after activation is possible.
Viewfinder: Standard /panorama switchable, Actual image zoom viewfinder, Viewfinder area: 83%,
Magnification: 0.43X (38mm WIDE) - 1.03X (105mm TELE), Diopter adjustment: -3 to + 1, Five-point AF frames for Wide-angle and Telephoto settings, Spot AF frame, Picture frame, Close distance compensation frame, Panorama format picture area, Green lamp lighting: in-focus signal Green lamp blinking: When subject is too close and/or hard-to-autofocus subject, Red lamp lighting: Flash-ready status, Red lamp blinking: Flash being charged
Exposure control: Programmed auto-exposure control with multi segment (2) metering system,
Range: EV10 - EV18 at 38mm WIDE, EV14 - EV20 at 105mm TELE in Auto or Daylight-Sync Mode (ISO 400), EV4 - EV18 at 38mm WIDE EV5 -EV20 at 105mm in Slow-Shutter-Speed Mode (ISO 400), Automatic exposure compensation in a backlit situation.
Flash: Built-in flash with red-eye reduction mode, Automatic discharge in low lighting and backlighting situations in auto mode, Flash ON=Day-light Sync/ Slow-Shutter-Speed Sync (up to 4 sec.), Flash-OFF Mode, Bulb-Sync 1/2 sec. - 5min.
Flash effective range: 0.65 - 8.5m (38mm WIDE), 0.65 - 4.8m (105mm TELE) (ISO 400 film used).
Flash recycling time: Approx. 5 sec. under Pentax testing conditions.
Power source: One 3V lithium battery (CR-123A or the equivalent)
Battery life: Approx. 13 rolls of 24 exposure film when 50% of shooting uses flash (under Pentax testing conditions)
Battery exhaustion warning: Low battery icon appears on the LCD panel, Shutter is locked when low battery icon is blinking.
Size & Weight: 132(W) × 76(H) × 58.5 (D) mm (5.2" x 3.0" x 2.3") 360 g(12.7oz) without battery