High End Point And Shoot Cameras

by | Nov 20, 2020 | Camera Chat | 0 comments

Point and shoot cameras will always hold their place in film photography. For those tired of lugging a heavy SLR around, the point and shoot is our best friend. The ability to turn on the camera and take a picture in a few seconds knowing the exposure and focus are being handled by the camera is a wonderful thing when you’re taking a photo on the fly or don’t want to carry something heavier around.

Here are some point and shoot cameras (in no particular order) that still sell for more than a months rent..

1. Contax T3

The Contax T3 was originally released in 2001 for approximately £800 which in its own right is a hefty price tag for a point & shoot but in the recent years, they can fetch double this, yep, a second-hand camera going for double the value of the original price tag.

[eBay Screenshot – 15/11/2020]

The camera packs a 35mm 2.8 Carl Zeiss lens which is notorious for creating beautiful images with almost perfect colour reproduction and almost zero distortion. It’s all wrapped in a titanium body making it super light (weighing about 230g without a battery) which works out about 20% lighter than its predecessor, the T2.

If you’re considering buying one, be prepared to cough up about £1,500 these days for what is considered one of the best point and shoot 35mm cameras out there.

2. Nikon 35ti

The 35ti was originally released in 1993 and sold for about £1320 at the time so this was a legitimately expensive camera but by 1999, the price had dropped to about £900 for a brand new camera. For that hefty price tag, you got an extremely high quality 35mm 2.8 lens, Infrared Autofocus, Titanium body and a Nikon Matrix Meter.

I’m a Nikon fanboy so I’m not going to lie, I eye these suckers up all the time but can never justify the cost. They usually go for about £600-£800 these days depending on the condition but I found this pristine one going for over £1000. To be fair, they claim it’s never been used.

3. Konica Hexar

The Hexar still has a cult following these days, praised for its incredibly sharp lens and superior image quality, it’s on par with the aforementioned 35ti. It was released in 1993 and although I can’t find a definite price it sold for at release, it was definitely above £1300.

These days, they still fetch the £600-£800 mark, they don’t come around that often but when they do, they’re usually snapped up pretty quickly. Grab it while you can!

4. Yashica T4

The T4 is the (wait for it) ..4th iteration in the Yashica T series and to be honest, all of them fetch a hefty price tag but the T4 is the most sought after. It was originally released in 1990 boasting features as a “sharp” 35mm f3.5 Carl Zeiss lens and weatherproofing capabilities.

These days, they fetch for around the £350-£420 mark. I think this is a camera that is massively overhyped for what it is, I shot with one in 2019 for a few months and the results were mediocre. I’ve got a lot better from a lot less (I would argue the Olympus TRIP AF MINI produces better results and is 1/10th of the price).

5. Minolta TC-1

Originally released in 1996 for about £750 (at the time) the Minolta TC-1 instantly became a big hit. Later that year, it was awarded the Camera Grand Prix award. This thing of beauty is wrapped in a titanium shell and comes with a sharp 28mm f3.5 lens that’s infamous for its soft bokeh and excellent image quality.

These cameras are quite rare these days and you might struggle to see one for sale that’s actually in the UK. Sourcing them from Japan is an easy thing to do but your risk the import tax. Japanese imports average the £550-650 mark but expect to pay bit more if you find a UK seller.

6. Leica Minilux

The Minilux originally hit the markets in 1995 and cost about £600 at the time (which is about £1,160 these days with inflation). The Minilux has always been praised for its excellent image quality, it nails focus and exposure almost perfectly. Also, I think we should point out that either in the black or silver variant, this is a sexy camera. I guess you can expect nothing less from Leica?

The cost of film cameras have shot up massively in the last 5 years and I remember seeing these go for the £300 mark in the last year or two but expect to pay about £750 for one these days.


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