Following up from my review of the Olympus, I came up with the Chinon Genesis 3. It’s a boxy looking bridge camera from the 1990s which went for $14.32 (shipping cost came in higher than the bid).
Specs: 35 mm TTL finder zoom camera
– 38-110 mm zoom lens
– Auto programmed zoom
– Hybrid auto focusing system
– Fully motorized film transport
– Built-in sensor flash
– TTL metering multi mode program AE
The internal system is pretty much fully automatic so not much to do other than point and shoot. It allows you to zoom in a manual mode which I like better the auto mode. Like the Olympus 300 Infinity, it has the right handed grip which I find to be more useful than the camera wrapped around the neck but others may differ. The programming modes and film count is on the left side of the body and inconvenient to see. Placement of the spot metering and manual zoom is on the left side as well so you will be using both hands most of the time which is fine since it’s better for a stable shot.
Now to the reason you use the tool, the pictures. I was not that impressed with this camera. I wanted to be but the quality of pictures that came out on 100TMAX just weren’t that good. Maybe it’s operator error or my skills in developing (standard time with XTOL per instructions). My other roll of TMAX in the same canister for my Canon Photura (coming review) came out better. You be the judge. Disclaimer, these pictures are straight from the scanner (some dust can be seen). They might perk up with software but I wanted to show what the lens and system was doing.
Partially cloudy Day
Under shade with partly cloudy sky – I like the texture but not at 100% crop – I might be a shade underdeveloped.
Overall, the Chinon Genesis works well as a manual style of point and shoot but it’s just not a likeable camera. I just didn’t like the auto zoom feature which seem to take the picture too close for nice framed shots to my eyes. Also, auto focus was not very fast (expected given the age of the camera). On top of that, I don’t believe it’s a keeper just due to the quality of the lens which I don’t believe are that great. I’ve run a roll of color through it and will have to make up my mind when the film gets back from professional processing.