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The Rollei Prego Mikron is a rebranded Ricoh R1. It belongs to the smallest wide angle (28mm) cameras for 35mm film. It's a point and shoot ultra compact 35mm film cameras. It has been released in 1994, two years before the GR1 top class series.
The Rollei features a Schneider lens with the same data as the Ricoh lens, but it is possible that one is only a branding of the other, it is not known who really made the lenses, Schneider or Ricoh.

Its main data are:

30mm/24mm F3.5/F 8 Schneider AF Courtagon
lens, autofocus with focus lock, min. focus 0,35m
Electronic shutter, 2s-1/500
Size 117mm x 61mm x 25mm (Grip: 34mm),  Weight 145 gr. without battery
50-3200 ISO, automatic DX coding, automatic mode, multi object or spot metering, self-timer, automatic film advance

The camera features a panoramic setting and a 24mm panoramic only setting. The 24mm has heavy vignetting which is hidden by the panoramic shutters. The shutters can easily be blocked in open position, but vignetting is really heavy.

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Camera front. Flash guide number ~10 (m/ISO 100).


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Camera front open. 
The lens only moves out only a little bit.

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Top.
Flash setting, self timer/remote, mode setting, LCD screen (beginning dead screen, first number completely missing, second affected), shutter release.

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Back. Panorama mode swith, AE and flash control light, viewer, on/off button. Film type window.

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Bottom. . 
Tripod socket. Strap lug on the edge. Battery compartmentis on the side, takes a CR2 battery.

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Camera and original case.


Picture to come: Film compartment.

This camera is one of the smallest full frame point and shoot cameras for 135 film. It's a quality ultra compact with a very good lens. Autofocus is responsive and works well. Putting a film is easy, you drop the film into the camera
, tear the film leader up to the mark and that's it, the camera prespools the whole film. Seen the size, handling is logic and easy. Pictures are sharp and and the contrast is good as well.

All Ricoh and Rollei Prego Mikron cameras will sooner or later die from a dead LCD screen. There is no repair service any longer. Keep in mind that there are 2 LCD screens: one on top and one in the finder. Both have issues. When they fade, the camera can still be used for a while, but it will be over soon. So be careful choosing your camera dealer. I was not lucky with this one either.

My camera has a date feature which I find useless. But if you like or need the date stamp, you can be served.

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