Canon Sure Shot WP-1  –  Vintage Camera

Canon Sure Shot WP-1 (three quarters)

Canon Sure Shot WP-1 (three quarters)

Canon Sure Shot WP-1 (three quarters)

Canon Sure Shot WP-1 (three quarters)

Canon Sure Shot WP-1 (front view)

Canon Sure Shot WP-1 (front view)

Canon Sure Shot WP-1 (top view)

Canon Sure Shot WP-1 (top view)

Canon Sure Shot WP-1 (bottom view)

Canon Sure Shot WP-1 (bottom view)

Canon Sure Shot WP-1 (with 35mm cassette for scale)

Canon Sure Shot WP-1 (with 35mm cassette for scale)

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Canon Sure Shot WP-1 Specifications

Manufacturer: Canon Inc.
   
Country of Origin: Japan
   
Made in: China
   
Introduced: 1994
   
Camera Type: Viewfinder
   
Format: 135 Film
   
Dimensions (cm): 13.4 x 9 x 6.3

Canon Sure Shot WP-1 Review

The Canon Sure Shot WP-1 (also sold as the Sure Shot A-1 in North America, the Autoboy D5 in Japan, and the Prima AS-1 in Europe) is a fully automatic waterproof 35mm compact meant to compete with the likes of the Nikon L35 AWAF, Minolta Weathermatic, and Konica Mermaid. At the time of its release, the WP-1 was the lightest and smallest underwater camera in the world.

Being a waterproof camera, the WP-1 has a viewfinder calibrated to be usable at various distances in order to compensate for snorkel masks and goggles. It also features an enclosed lens and rubber gaskets for the battery and film compartment. In the interest of easy underwater use, the fully automatic WP-1 has a minimal number of controls with only a red shutter button and adjacent self-timer button opposite the frame counter on the top plate and a dial underneath the flash and next to the lens on the front plate that controls the flash and engages macro mode for the 32mm f/3.5 lens.

If it weren’t for its waterproofing, the WP-1 would be yet another dull, 35mm compact camera from the ’90s and I wouldn’t have given it a second glance at the thrift store. Lucky for it, this Canon has unusual looks and underwater capability. Plus, it only ended up costing me $0.99.

Want one for yourself? Find your very own Canon Sure Shot WP-1 on eBay.

References:

“Canon Sure Shot A-1/Prima AS-1/Autoboy D5,” Camera Wiki, http://camera-wiki.org/wiki/Canon_Sure_Shot_WP-1

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