Fuji DL-200

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The Fuji DL-200, released in 1983. In Japan it is known as the Fuji Cardia. It was claimed in a 1986 advertisement to be the world's first drop-in loading autofocus compact camera.[1] DL stands for "drop-in loading". There is a prewinding safety system: upon loading, film is wound to what on most cameras would be the last frame, which here is exposed first. This was the first Fuji camera with prewinding, and possibly a world first in 35 mm.

The lens is a 32 mm f/2.8, focussing from 60 cm to infinity. Autofocus works even at night. There was a teleconverter and a close-up attachment available.

Exposure is automatic, using a TTL system, working from EV8.5-18 with ISO 100 film, the film speed (50-1600 ISO) being set automatically by DX Coding. The Guide-Number 10 flash is automatic, set by the TTL exposure metering, but with a "fill-in flash" button on the back.

The camera weighs 280g.

Power comes from some "built-in" batteries; the manual claims you need to send the camera back to a Fuji agent to have them replaced[2], and that the batteries will last "1000 frames if 50% ... with flash", "5 years if 8 24-exposure films are used per year".

The DL-200 II (Cardia II) revised this, making the battery user-replaceable. It was also sold in red.


Specifications

  • Lens: Fujinon 32 mm f/2,8 (4 elements/4 groups)
  • Focusing: Autofocus with focus lock, 0,6 m to infinity.
  • Shutter: Programmed electronic, 1/40–1/400 s, self-timer.
  • Metering: Through-the-lens off-the-film direct metering.
  • Film speed: ISO 50–1600, set by DX code. Non-DX films exposed at ISO 100.
  • Flash: Built-in TTL flash, GN 10. Fill-in button on back, but no flash disable button.
  • Power: Built-in 6 V lithium battery.
  • Dimensions: 134 x 69 x 42,5 mm.
  • Weight: 265 g.

References

  1. Peter Justensen Duty-Free Catalogue, 1986 edition
  2. user manual - provided by Mike Butkus

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