The 5 Best Point-and-Shoot Film Cameras for Street Photographers


Street photography takes practice and you end up learning a lot from the mistakes you make, especially when you’re working with film. Mistakes become costly and time-consuming and you might even become frustrated that you missed a shot or didn’t create what you were hoping to.

These are just some things that may come up when you begin shooting street film, but no need to worry, you will eventually become accustomed to shooting film on the street. To help you get the most out of your film and your time while shooting, we’re going to take a look at the 5 best point-and-shoot film cameras for documenting on the streets.

Let’s take a look.

1. Contax T3

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The Contax T-Series cameras are some of the most well-known point and shoot film cameras for their incredible auto-focus abilities and their durable builds – especially the newest model, the T3.

No matter what the situation, the auto-focus sensor is able to quickly retain a point in your frame and capture the true feeling of the moment. Many concert photographers use these in their fast-paced work environment as it is a compact camera with a diverse range of capabilities.

2. Yashica T5

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(Photograph taken from 35mmc)

The next point-and-shoot on our list is the Yashica T5.

This incredible, durable camera is not only very small and lightweight, but it also features a Zeiss lens that is flush with the rest of the camera body, making it perfect to fit in your pocket.

It is a tiny camera that can be kept hidden while shooting from the hip or it can be used for portraits with an insane flash that helps provide crystal clear, SLR-like focus.

3. Olympus MJU-II

Olympus MJU-II - The 5 Best Point-and-Shoot Yashica T4 - Film Cameras - FilterGrade

The third camera on our list is a favorite of many beginner film photographers as it is affordable at about $20-$60 and is small enough to fit in your back pocket so you can keep it on you at all times!

This point-and-shoot features a sliding-door lens and comes with very few features and setting options. Because of this, many photographers don’t classify this camera as a professional-grade compact 35mm camera, but it is still a great option for photographers looking to better understand analog photography.

4. Pentax Espio 140V


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The Pentax ESPIO 140V is another affordable point-and-shoot for photographers looking to have a camera on them at all times, and for me, this is my personal favorite. Although it is not as well-known as many other point-and-shoots, this camera has multi-auto focus feature that allows for a quick focus in fast-paced environments and also features various settings for any situation.

The camera features settings for portraits, night-time shooting, landscapes, red-eye reduction, and more. Unlike many of the other cameras on this list, it also features a zoom capability of up to 140mm!

Based on these features and its sentimental value, this is and will always be my go-to point-and-shoot. Check out my our video below to find out why!

5. Leica Minilux

Leica Minilux - The 5 Best Point-and-Shoot Film Cameras - FilterGrade

Last on our list is another high-quality, professional grade compact film camera. This camera features auto-focus and auto-exposure capabilities and also has a zoom feature from 35mm-70mm.

Many photographers have high-regard for this compact beast of a camera because of the Leica name and it does in fact live up to its name…. but that also means it comes with a bit of a hefty price tag. Coming in at around $700+, this camera has many features and settings that are essential for a working photographer and even fits in your pocket so you can always have it on you.

We hope that this list has helped you make a decision on what camera is right for you! If you have any questions about any of the cameras on our list, feel free to leave a comment and we’ll get back to you as fast as possible!

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10 Replies to “The 5 Best Point-and-Shoot Film Cameras for Street Photographers”

  1. Jess says:

    Hello, i was just wondering if you could email me about where I might purchase the Muji ii? I am yet to see them under $150 and would love your advice.

    1. Matt Moloney says:

      Hey Jess – Unfortunately (or fortunately depending on your circumstances) these cameras have gone up in value over the years, so you may have a hard time finding them for less than $150. However, if you keep your eyes out you might find one for less on ebay –

  2. Jenkis says:

    Contax T2? Minolta TC-1? Nikon 35 TI? And your Olympus Mju II price is not realistic…. It’s between 200-300 $ now.

    1. Mike says:

      Prices change as cameras get more rare Jenkis. Also, saw plenty of Olympus Mju II’s for under $90 around the web.

      1. Jenkis says:

        Hi Mike, do you have a link?

    2. Kenneth says:

      Jenkins is right,those camera’s are over rated.Iv used many of them

      1. Kenneth says:

        Jenkis,sorry correction ;)

  3. Jenkis says:

    Hi Mike, do you have a link? I would buy one for each hand :-)

      1. Jonas says:

        it’s a zoom. that’s why it’s cheap. we’re talking about the stylus epic without the zoom, these go for about 250$ now

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