With point-and-shoot cameras from the 1980s being among the most popular film cameras today, we think some of you may be interested in grabbing our latest vintage find. The boxy Canon MC10 may not be as iconic as, say, the similarly designed Olympus XA or the Lomo LC-A cameras, but it still looks the part of a sleek point-and-shoot camera you might want to hit the streets with when you get the itch to shoot film.
The Canon MC10 we spotted is listed on Etsy for $75, described as mint, and tested, but does not come with the flash or the original packaging. That’s a relatively good price for a working camera in mint condition since some of the ones we found on eBay are going for as high as $99.96 for a unit without the flash. There’s also an “almost unused” unit with the flash and box going for $149.99, in case you don’t mind spending a little more for a complete package from Japan. Whichever you choose, it looks like you’ll end up with a pretty rare camera since there are so few of them around today.
In case you’re not familiar with this camera, allow us to briefly introduce it to you. According to Camera Wiki, the Canon MC10 was the second of two compact 35mm models introduced by Canon in Japan in the mid-1980s. The MC, which came out in April 1984, was a high-end autofocus camera, while the MC10 that followed it about a year later was a fixed focus model with simpler specifications. It has a 35mm f4.5 lens, shutter speeds of 1/20s to 1/350s, film speed range of ISO 64 to 1000, and motor-driven film advance. The camera and the external Speedlite MC-S flash are each powered by two 1.5V AAA batteries.
Check out the Canon Camera Museum for more information about this camera, and watch the video below to see it in action with the flash.
Photos from the Etsy listing by TheCameraCollection