Monday, May 13, 2019

City Walk, Fuji Cardia Travel Mini Dual-P

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City Walk, Fuji Cardia Travel Mini Dual-P

'Analog Diary - A short walk in the city with the Fuji Cardia Travel Mini Dual-P'

The Fuji Cardia Travel Mini Dual-P, taking the claim that it was the smallest and lightest full or panorama frame 35mm AF camera when it was first launched, is not actually that petite as it seems. It is big when it comes to features and functionalities.

First launched in 1990, the Cardia Travel Mini Dual-P is part of the very successful Cardia series of cameras manufactured by Fujifilm.

The same model was marketed as Discovery Mini Dual Date in the USA and it was not fitted with the panorama feature.

The Cardia Travel Mini Dual P is a dual lens camera. It comes fitted with a 28/45mm F3.5/6.6 Fujinon lens system. The 28mm wide-angle end will bring you right into places and city streets, among the crowd and tall buildings, and the crisscrosses of light and shadows.

The 45mm standard is equally sharp and will take care of people and portraits, group portraits, and photo features. The changeover from one focal length to the other is by a switch on the top plane of the camera, and this is reflected in the viewfinder as well.


Film loading is drop-in, where the back is hinged to open just wide enough for the film canister and film tab to be slid into the opening. Film transport is pre-wind, and the exposed frames are wound back into the film canister as the shots are taken.

A couple of idiosyncrasies you have to adapt to is the panorama switch is located within the film box area of the camera, meaning that panorama is pre-set for the whole roll of film. The camera needs two batteries to run, a CR123A in the battery chamber and a CR2025 3-volt button cell located under the metal film leader inside of the film back.

The Fuji Cardia Travel Mini Dual-P also has an auto power-off switch which turns the camera off after 3 minutes of inactivity.


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