Camera Speed Dating – Olympus Infinity Jr.

Those that know Meghan and I know that we have what appears to be an on going camera acquisition problem. To remedy this but continue to try out ALL of the cameras we have decided to start borrowing cameras from our fellow camera enthusiasts instead of trying to purchase or hoard them all to ourselves. Not all are winners though and some are just easier or more fun to use but you have to shoot with them first to find out! Thus, we decided if we run a roll through every camera we are interested in, not unlike going on a 5 minute date with a bunch of strangers at a singles night, we can quickly see which are worthy of being added to our collection (or put on our list of “must haves.”) Camera speed dating!

Here is most recent camera I had the pleasure of a quick date with…the Olympus Infinity Jr.

 

 

A few quick facts about the Olympus Infinity Jr. This point and shoot camera has a relatively fast auto focus lens- f3.5 and was designed to turn on and off using the sliding clam shell style front lens cover Olympus is now known for. Its has only the essential functions, self timer and flash controls, Auto, off and fill-flash.

I am particularly drawn to it because it was first manufactured in 1987. I have a soft spot for things designed and made in ’86 – ’87. I took the Infinity Jr. on a date to the beach. I really appreciate the sliding clam shell front, as it protects the lens well. I once had a point & shoot and it only had those delicate little blades covering it and a few specs of grit got in there and they started not opening & closing properly. Also, in my opinion, its flash controls are far superior to its successor the infamous Olympus Stylus Epic Mju’s control buttons (which have stuck on occasion rendering the camera infuriatingly unusable). The switch for the flash is in a slightly unusual spot under the lens, but offers intuitive options: slide it to the far right for fill flash, and the middle for no flash, leaving standard position when you’d like auto functions. Every time you slide the front closed to turn the camera off it also slides the flash control back into auto position.

 

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