Camera Speed Dating – Pentax Espio Mini

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 Pentax Espio Mini 35mm.

A few quick facts about the Pentax Espio Mini…it uses 35mm film and has a 35mm fixed lens. For a point and shoot it has a big iso range 25 t0 3200 which its DX-code reader automatically sets.

I borrowed this particular camera — the last thing I need is another point & shoot. The Pentax Espio Mini was lighter or more plasticy than I was expecting for a ‘top of the line’ point and shoot, however while using it I still felt that it was well made and ultimately its light weight frame was appreciated as I trucked it around the city with me.  I like how it had a quick response time — I pushed the shutter and it was quick to focus and get the shot. If I didn’t already own so many point & shoot cameras I would definitely want to add this to my collection.


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