Ricoh LX-22

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The LX-22 is a fixed-focus point-and-shoot camera introduced by Japanese manufacturer Ricoh in 1992. A version with a data back was also available, and it was sold as the LX-22 Date. The model named LX-22S is a variant model featuring a transparent body shell and colorfully painted internal components, which was released a year later in 1993 and manufactured limited numbers. This see-through camera is also known as the XOBBOX. Although its body shell is transparent, it can take pictures; the film chamber itself is not see-through and is safely sealed from external light.


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  • Release Date: March 1992
  • Camera Type: 35mm film lens shutter camera
  • Lens: Ricoh Lens 35mm f/4.5, 3 elements in 3 groups
  • Focus: fixed focus with infinity setting facility
  • Shutter: mechanical, 1/125 sec. (fixed-speed)
  • Exposure Control: fixed exposure[1]
  • Viewfinder: reverse Galilean type, 0.52 X, 80% field of view
  • Film Speed Range: manual setting, ISO 100 / 200 / 400 / 1000
  • Built-in Flash: activated automatically in dim light, range: 1~3 m, recharge time approx. 6 sec., no flash-off facility
  • Other Features: automatic film loading, automatic film advance, automatic film rewind with mid-roll rewind facility, self-timer
  • Power Source: two AA-type batteries (alkaline or manganese)
  • Dimensions: 132 mm X 68 mm X 54 mm
  • Weight: 235 g (without batteries)

Model Variation

Release Date Model Name Updates
1987.2 YF-20 (Myport Ami) Predecessor to the series, Rikenon 35mm f/4 Lens
1989.9 L-20 (YF-20 Super / One Take Easy II) Ricoh 35mm f/4.5 Lens, Large body
1991.7 Auto 35 (Boots C35FF) (Downgraded model, limited ISO choice, no infinity focus)
1992.3 LX-22 (LX-22S / XOBBOX) New design, Self-timer, Auto-activating flash
1993.5 YF-20X New design
1997.12 YF20-E Smaller body, New design, DX-coding
YF-20N Ricoh 34mm f/4.5 Lens, Smaller body, New design, DX-coding


  1. A particular aperture is selected according to the film speed regardless of the light conditions