35mm ultra compact cameras
Polaroid 3000 AF
is a very basic compact camera. I got it for next to nothing, so I
tested it nevertheless. There is little information about it. I only
found a sales brochure for camera dealers. It must be from the times
when Polaroid had the first financial difficulties in the early 2000s.
There are 2 fixed focus cameras, the 2000FF and the 2100BF (big finder)
and 2 autofocus models, the 3000AF and the 3100BF. They don't have a
design in common and very different lenses, so the company branded
disparate cheap cameras with the Polaroid name. The 3000AF shown here
is the best model, although it also only has a single speed shutter.
Camerapedia lists a slightly updated version, the 3200AF.
Its main features are:
F4.5 autofocus lens, min. focus 1.2m Shutter speed
113x65x38, Weight 155 gr.
Limited DX code for ISO 100 - 400 (only 2 contacts), auto wind, rewind via
switch, AE, self-timer, forced flash
view. Viewer diopter adjustment. Viewer and flash OK lamp. Rewind switch. Film type window. Date unit.
from above. Panoramic switch. LCD film counter, shutter button and a
self-timer. There are no settings except a forced flash button on the
from below. Battery compartment (takes 2 AA batteries).Tripod socket.
open. The switch is mechanical, the lens doesn't move. A kind of shade
pops out and the blinds diappear. Has to be pushed back to close the
camera. Forced flash button, has to be held. No flash off. Flash guide
no. is 26/100 ISO.
camera is incredibly basic. You switch it on and push the shutter,
that's all. There are no features except self-timer and forced flash. The camera
has an autofocus lens, but you don't hear anything moving. No night photos with only one shutter speed. Point and