Kyocera Socius

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The Socius is a compact camera for APS film offered by Kyocera, circa 2000. It was apparently also sold under the name Yashica Socius.

The Socius includes a 2x zoom lens ranging from 21-42mm (f/4.9-7.3), with autofocus down to 14". However this was offered in an extremely compact and lightweight body: about 4×2×1.2" and only 4.2 ounces[1].


  • Lens: 21mm to 42mm f/4.9 to 7.3
  • Shutter: Programmed electronic shutter.
  • Shutter speed: 2 seconds to 1/300 second.
  • Exposure: Programmed auto exposure.
  • Film Speed: DX ISO range 50 to 3200
  • Light Metering: External, center weighted.
  • Metering Range: 2.5 to 17EV
  • Focus: 5-Point Auto Focus
  • Focusing Range: 0.35m to Inf.
  • LCD Panel: Exposure counter, flash mode, self-timer mark, battery warning mark, double portrait mode.
  • Film Transport: Drop in auto load, auto advance, auto rewind, mid-roll rewind.
  • Exposure Counter: LCD auto resetting subtractive type.
  • Self-Timer: with 10s delay.
  • Flash: Built-in with auto flash mode, red eye reduction, fill flash, flash off, and night mode.
  • Flash Range: ISO 200: W 0.35m to 3.1m T: 0.5m to 2.1m ISO 400: W 0.35m to 4.4m T: 0.5m to 3m
  • Date Back: Built in Quartz Clock with LCD. Five modes: y/m/d, m/d/y, d/m/y, time, off. Time Diff Mode
  • Print Aspect Ratios: 3 formats: C-Classic, H-HDTV, P-Panoramic
  • Battery: 1x 3V CR2 Lithium Battery
  • Dimensions: 4”W x 2”H x 1.2”D
  • Weight: 4.2 oz


  1. "Compact 35mm and APS Cameras", by Robert E. Mayer, posted Dec 1, 2000 Shutterbug Magazine.