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Film Camera Review, Olympus AF-10 Super 35mm AF Compact Film Camera

Olympus AF-10 Super 35mm Compact Film Camera Review
A quick look at the Olympus AF-10 Super, a 35mm autofocus compact camera, nicknamed the Picasso Mini Super in Japan.

The Olympus AF-10 Super (Infinity Jr. in the US), nicknamed 'Picasso Mini Super' in Japan, is a fully automatic 35mm compact camera launched by Olympus in 1991. The model is part of the AF series of compact cameras by Olympus which started with the launch of the Olympus AF-1 in 1986. The AF-1 was nicknamed 'Nurepika' (Wet Flash) and was the world's first weatherproof fully automatic 35mm compact camera.

Olympus AF-10 Super, Front

The AF-10 Super is a follow-up to the AF-10, an earlier model that had a built-in flash that fires automatically in low-light conditions. The flash on the AF-10 Super is switchable to Auto, Off, and Fill-in, but sets itself back to Auto once the lens cover is closed. Both cameras have similar Olympus 35mm 1:3.5 lenses.

Olympus AF-10 Super, Top

Aside from the 3 elements in 3-groups 35mm 1:3,5 lens, the AF-10 Super is also specified with an active infrared autofocus system with a focusing distance from 0.65 meters to infinity, programmed automatic exposure control, 12-second delay electronic self-timer, automatic setting with DX-coded film at ISO 50, 100, 400, 800, and 1600, and automatic film loading and rewinding.

Olympus AF-10 Super, Back

The recycling time for the built-in flash is 2.5 seconds. The power source for the camera is either a 3V CR123A Lithium battery or 2x AAA alkaline/manganese batteries. The interchangeability between the two battery types is one of the strong selling points for the camera. The camera is also fitted with a 0.45X bright-frame viewfinder with autofocus frame, flash, and autofocus confirm indicators.

Olympus AF-10 Super, Interchangeable batteries

The camera, a no-frills point-and-shoot, is easy to operate and fun to use. Film loading is fairly straightforward - open the film back, drop the film into the canister, pull the film tab across to the red line across the film box, close the back and the film will load automatically to Frame 1. The film rewinds automatically as well at the end of the roll.

Olympus AF-10 Super, Film box

Ready shots are indicated by a Green AF confirm diode on the top right of the viewfinder window. An Orange flash indicator will light up on the top left of the viewfinder when the light condition is low and the flash will fire when set to Auto or Fill-in mode. Overall, the brick-bat-styled plastic-bodied camera weighs 210 grams without batteries and is best carried in its own pouch.

Camera Availability

The Olympus AF-10 Super may not be as easily available on the auction market as the Af-10 which is without flash control capability, or the AF-10 Twin, which comes with a switchable 35mm 1:3.6 wide angle and a 70mm 1:6.3 tele lens.

Olympus AF-10 Super, Front view

While both cameras are part of the same group, the asking price for the AF-10 Super, as a testament to its availability and image capture quality, is probably higher than the other two. All the best!

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