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The plastic fantastic wonders of the 1980s and 1990s generally receive no love – especially looking back on them with our digitized eyeballs in 2017. These overlooked (even when new for the most part) cameras were the bridge cameras for many photographers that were moving away from their bulky SLRs from the 1970s and looking for something easy, carefree and light to take with them on short outings and family get togethers. The 35mm format was the clear winner in the format wars, now manufacturers wanted think-free 35s that were as easy to use as falling outta bed (?).
This Fuji Discovery 90 Date was introduced in May 1993 to an already crowded plastic 35mm marketplace. So how to stand out? Drop-in loading, auto focus, auto exposure auto rewind and auto wind was a good start. A big bright viewfinder centered over the lens – and macro capability (23 1/2…
No it’s not a 110 film camera as the name might imply but one of the last in a long series of 35mm super compact cameras from Fuji.
This one debuted about late 2003 – not that long ago when you think about recent film cameras vs. emerging digital cameras.
As the name implies, it has a zoom lens (38-110mm) and can imprint the date on the film.
Autofocus, exposure, flash and red-eye reduction.
Electronic shutter from 1/2 to 1/500th second.
Nice bright viewfinder – large LCD with date/time imprint and super fast two position zoom buttons. The red power button is almost impossible to push with a normal fingertip. Too small for me.
Power zoom Fujinon lens 38-110mm (f 6.3 to 11.7).
The camera is one of the smallest in our collection of plastic fantastic Fujifilm compact 35s. It weighs in at only 190 grams without the CR123A lithium battery.
Automatic DX film ISO setting from ISO 50-3200. Automatic film loading and film advance and auto pre-wind system.
As we’ve stated before, these cameras are getting harder to find in still brand new condition (with all original factory issued stuff)… so, they are somewhat collectable and if you’re looking for a super compact film camera to take on your next outing, the Fujifilm line is a very good choice.