Ricoh my-1

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The Ricoh my-1 is an ultra compact fully automatic 35mm point and shoot camera produced in 2001. It was also branded as the Dakota MY-1. It was said to be the smallest 35mm camera in production at the time. It is also available in a date back version. Its dimensions are just about smaller than the Minox 35 GT.

It uses a slightly wide angle 30mm fixed focus f/7 lens with a minimum focus distance of 1.2m. The lens is released by pressing the red 'on' button by the finder opening which also powers on the camera. There is a transparent covering protecting the lens. To power off just press the lens into the camera body, until you hear a click. To reduce power consumption, if no activity is detected in 2 minutes the LCD and electronics power off. To resume, press the shutter release or mode button. When the flash is charged and the camera is powered off, activating the shutter button causes an amber light on red eye timer indicator to flash but is unable to expose any photos.

There are two shutter speeds, 1/60 and 1/125 of a second. There are a number of different shooting modes that can be adjusted with the mode button on top of the camera. Normal, flash on, self-timer and self timer flash-on modes. In normal mode, the CdS sensor located between the finder and flash; detects the amount of light and fires the built-in flash if appropriate. If flash is used, there is a delay of about 1 second after tripping the shutter release button. The flash has a very short range of 1.2 to 2m (ISO 100), and 1.2 to 4m (ISO 400). A orange flash ready light is located by the viewfinder opening. In self timer mode, after the shutter released is pressed a light is lit on the front for 7 seconds and blinks for 3 seconds until the shutter is released. The self timer can even be cancelled in the middle of a countdown by pressing the shutter button, mode button or pushing the lens into the body to power off.

The film is automatically advanced with each exposure and automatically rewound at the end of the roll. A small mid-roll rewind button is recessed and is located between the mode button and LCD. E is displayed on the LCD when the film is rewound. The film counter is on the LCD and counts upward during film advance and downwards during rewind. The film back has a cassette window as a reminder of the loaded film type. There is a small strap eyelet by the hand grip area and a tripod socket on the base. The camera is manufactured in China.


Specifications

  • Lens: Ricoh 30mm F7
  • Focus: Fixed focus, 1.2m - infinity
  • Shutter: 1/60 and 1/125 sec. Self timer.
  • Exposure Control: Cds.
  • Flash: Fill-in flash, electronic activates automatically in dim light with Red-Eye reduction.
  • Film: 100 to 400 ISO
  • Power: 2 x AAA
  • Dimensions: 99.9mm width 59mm height 26mm depth
  • Weight: 105g without battery.

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