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Chinon Auto 3001
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Photos by Sylvain Halgand text by Sylvain Halgand. From the collection of Bernard Jeandel. Last update 2024-06-12 par Sylvain Halgand.

Manufactured or assembled in Japan from 1987 to 1992.
Index of rarity in France: Infrequent (among non-specialized garage sales)
Inventory number: 5264

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Chronology of cameras Chinon 

Perhaps running out of ideas, Chinon adopted a new naming convention for its models starting in 1986. These are now called "Auto," followed by a number ending in 1.
All of these are motorized compact cameras with autofocus and flash. They differ in their lenses and the presence of an automatic framing system.

The first models in this new series still have a design very similar to the last Chinon 35 models, with angular shapes and a flash dependent on the protection cover. The subsequent models become more rounded, following the trend of the time.

    Years Lens AF Multi Auto Zoom Composition

Auto 1001   1986 3.5/35 mm    
Auto 2001
  1987 2.8/35 mm
Auto 3001 1988 2.8/35 mm Yes
Auto 3501 1990 35-70 mm  
Auto 4001 1990 35-70 mm Yes Yes
Auto 5501   1991 3.6-7.9/38-90 mm    
Auto 6001 1991 3.6-7.9/38-90 mm Yes Yes


In 1987, the Chinon Auto 3001 introduced a significant advancement in autofocus technology. It emits three infrared beams: one central and two on the sides of the photo, thereby covering the most common framing areas. Previously, the single central beam did not allow for off-center framing and often caused the background to be in focus while the main subject, slightly off-center, appeared blurred. With this new multi-beam system, the focus is on the nearest subject. This system can be disabled, and a Spot function allows for activating only the central beam.

Chinon Auto 3001

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