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This camera is one of a series of Ricoh's fixed-focus point-and-shoot cameras that originates from the model named L-20 released in 1989; the series features a fixed-focus three element 35mm f/4.5 Ricoh lens with infinity focusing facility, not-too-small body size, manual film speed rating, AA-type power source etc. The YF-20N is one of the two final models in the series, and these two models underwent separation from the design concept originating from the L-20 of 1989 in some ways, i.e., smaller body size, DX-code film speed rating, a totally new body design (internal lens cover, horizontally oriented built-in flash etc). With the YF-20N, the lens was replaced with a slightly wider 34 mm focal-length lens.
The YF20-E, which was released along with the YF-20N in 1997, has almost the same specifications as the YF-20N, but it sports different body design, and it uses a 35mm focal-length lens that had been used throughout the series.
Predecessor Model: Ricoh YF-20X (1993)
- Release Date: December 1997
- Camera Type: 35mm film lens shutter camera
- Lens: Ricoh Lens 34mm f/4.5
- Focusing: fixed-focus with infinity focusing facility
- Shutter: mechanical, 1/125 sec. (fixed speed)
- Exposure Control: fixed exposure
- Viewfinder: Albada-type viewfinder
- Film Speed Range: ISO 100/400 (DX-code system)
- Built-in Flash: activated automatically in dim light, no flash-off facility
- Other Features: automatic film loading, automatic film advance, automatic film rewind with mid-roll rewind facility
- Power Source: two AA-type batteries (alkaline/manganese)
- Dimensions: 122 mm X 70 mm X 45 mm
- Weight: 180 g (without batteries)
|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|
|1997.12||YF20-E||Smaller body, New design, DX-coding|
|YF-20N||Ricoh 34mm f/4.5 Lens, Smaller body, New design, DX-coding|
- The DX-coding system on the YF-20N is only capable of detecting ISO 400 films. All other films are rated as a ISO 100 film.
- A particular aperture is selected according to the film speed regardless of the light conditions.