I'm not the first to suggest Olympus XA but if you are looking for a camera to keep in your pocket it is a very good choice.
XA is an excellent choice. Also consider the XA2 for quick action without caring much about focusing. It is a zone focusing camera with three focusing options that takes care of things pretty quick. For more control over your shots XA suits better.
Both have optics that amaze with lots of sharpness, saturation and contrast.
depends on the size of your pockets:
olympus XA or XA4
olympus Mju II (Stylus Epic in the USA! I think)
petri color 35
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I have a Minolta HiMatic 7S - excellent camera with outstanding image sharpness. It's my favorite rangefinder in fact, but I wouldn't call it a pocket sized camera. It's about the same size as an SLR with a standard 50mm lens.
Originally Posted by jwd722
I think egemily is looking for a true pocket film camera that has the look of an older SLR or rangefinder. I remember Canon made a 35mm film point and shoot around 1999 or so that had a retro look - can't remember the name of it however.
There is also the Olympus LT-1, and Olympus LT Zoom 105. Both a little fat but certainly a cool retro look.
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If it's a jacket pocket that you want to put the camera into along with keys, coins, lint-spreading tissues, pocket knife and other battering impedimenta, you might consider a little folding camera like the Certo Super Dollina II. It protects itself by being a folder, no lens cap to lose or fall off in your pocket leaving the lens at the mercy of your pocket's contents and your greasy finger tips when you reach inside to get your camera out. The range finder is coupled and the view finder corrects itself for parallax when working close up. The lens is a Tessar 2.8/50 rendering sharp negatives good enough for a fair degree of enlargement. They are not expensive either. One went on eBay recently for $80...
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I like the Olympus Mju II (also called: Stylus Epic in the USA).
It has very good autofocus, trustworthy light meter and easy to handle. It is quick and waterproof.
And it fits right into any pocket. It has a fixed focus lens: 35mm, f/2.8.
It can be found as cheap as $30 sometimes.
I bought mine in 2007 and used it to shoot one image a day. Now I take it along whenever I can't or won't take a (larger) camera with me. I even use it as a real Point&Shoot without using the view finder for a quick shot, when the family is waiting, and with good results!
Especially in B&W.
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What, no Olympus 35RC!
Small, full manual or shutter priority auto, fine lens and affordable.
Got some great shots on my Minox 35, however, does not have the best reputation for reliability.