Pentax Espio 738G 35mm camera with original case (serial 1710853)

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The Pentax Espio 738G is a compact 35mm point-and-shoot camera with a high quality 38-70mm zoom lens. This is the black version.

The Espio 738 series are, in our opinion, some of the best quality affordable point-and-shoot cameras of the late 90s and early aughts. Their convenient zoom lens offers image quality that rivals much more expensive fixed lens cameras. 

The camera requires a CR123 lithium battery (optional).

Condition notes
This camera (serial number 1710853) was tested with a battery and film installed and all functions are working well (we didn't develop the film).  We verified the film plane focus accuracy and lens sharpness on an autocollimator. The camera is in excellent cosmetic condition (the original owner barely used it). The original case is included.

Example photos
Here are some photos that other people have taken with this model of camera:
https://www.lomography.com/cameras/3336431-pentax-espio-738g/photos

Manual
https://www.pentax-manuals.com/manuals/compacts/espio738.pdf Use the password "Pentax" to open.

Specs

  • Type: 35mm fully automatic lens-shutter with built-in zoom lens and auto flash

  • Film: Auto film speed setting with 35mm perforated DX-coded film with ISO rating from
  • 25-1600 (1EV step). Non-DX coded films are automatically set to ISO25
  • Format: 24x36mm
  • 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 descending order when rewinding
  • Lens: Pentax power zoom 38-70mm f/4.8-8.5 5 elements in 5 groups, Angle of view: 59°- 34.5°
  • Focusing system: Pentax infrared active autofocusing with focus lock. Autofocusing range: 0.55m (1.8ft) - infinity, maximum magnification: approx. 0.15x. Infinity-landscape mode (focus is fixed to infinity)
  • Zooming: Electronic zoom
  • Shutter: Programmed AE electronic shutter with speed approx. 1/320 - 1/3 sec. Bulb: 1/2 sec.- 5min, Electromagnetic release.
  • Self-timer: Electronic red lamp indication. Approx. 10 sec. Cancellation after activation is possible
  • Viewfinder: Albada-bright frame. 83% of field of view ratio, Magnification: 0.37x (38mm ) -0.60x(70mm TELE), Diopter: -1D, Picture frame, Close distance compensation frame, Green lamp lighting: in-focus signal, Green lamp blinking: When subject is too close and/or flash in being charged.
  • Exposure control: Programmed auto-exposure control. Range: EV10 - EV17 at 38mm, EV12 - EV18.5 at 70mm TELE in Auto or Daylight-Sync mode (ISO 400). EV8.0 - EV17 at 38mm EV8.0 -EV18.5 at 70mm in Siow-Shutter-Speed mode (ISO 400).
  • Backlight compensation: +1.5 EV
  • Flash: Built-in flash with red-eye reduction mode, Automatic flash emission in low-luminance, Flash ON=Day-light Sync/Slow-Shutter-Speed Sync (up to 1/3 sec.), Flash-OFF=Flash override, Bulb-Sync 1/2 sec. - 5min.
  • Flash effective range: 0.55 - 7.0m (38mm), 0.55 - 4.0m (70mm 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.15 rolls of 24 exposure film when 50% of shooting uses flash (under Pentaxtesting conditions)
  • Battery exhaustion warning: (;) appears on the LCD panel. Shutter is locked when (Q) is blinking.
  • Size & Weight: 120(W) x 69.5(H) x 53(D)mm (4.7" x 2.7” x 2.1") 320g(11,3oz) without battery
  • DATE MODEL: Date mechanism: Crystal quartz controlled; LCD with digital clock, auto calendar up to 2019. Possible to imprint both standard and panoramic format frames.
  • Imprinting mode: 'Year, Month and Day", “Day, Hour and Minutes”, “---blank”. “Month. Day and Year" or “Day, Month and Year”.
  • Size & Weight: 120(W) x 69.5(H) x 55.5(D)mm (4.7" x 2T x. 2.2") 330g (11.6oz) without battery