Film Cameras

35mm Lens-Shutter Camera

Autoboy 3/3 QD



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  • Europe, Asia, Oceania
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Marketed June 1986
Original Price 39,800 yen, 2,000 yen (case)

The successor to the Autoboy 2 and the next-generation, fully automatic 35mm AF compact camera.

The camera grip is slanted so you don’t have to squint. The camera’s curving and rounded exterior was well received. The camera won many awards including the Good Design Award from the Ministry of International Trade and Industry. In 1986, it was selected as the European Camera of the Year.

For active autofocusing, the camera uses a triangulation system with a near-infrared beam. An electronically-controlled programmed shutter is used for fully automatic program EE. The metering range is EV 6 (f/2.8 at 1/8 sec.) to EV 17 (f/1.6 at 1/500 sec.).

Autoboy 3 QD is a Canon Autoboy 3 with a date imprinting feature on the camera back. 

Type Fully automatic 35mm Lens-Shutter autofocus camera
Picture Size 24 x 36 mm
AF System Triangulation system with near-infrared beam. Prefocus enabled.
Lens 38mm f/2.8 (4 elements in 4 groups)
Shutter Electromagnetic programmed shutter and aperture. EV 6 (f/2.8 at 1/8 sec.) – 17 (f/16 at 1/500 sec.). Built-in electronic self-timer.
Viewfinder Reversed Galilean viewfinder with projected frames. Within the image area are the AF frame, in-focus lamp and near-distance warning lamp, combination flash-ready and camera-shake warning mark, and parallax correction marks. 0.45x magnification.
EE SPC for full-auto program EE. Metering range of EV 6 – 17 (at ISO 100). Film speed range of ISO 50 – 1600 (with DX code).
Built-in Flash Guide No. 8 (at ISO 100 in meters). Fires automatically in low-light and backlight conditions.
Power Source One 6 V 2CR5 lithium battery
Film Loading &
After opening camera back, align film leader at mark then close the camera back for auto loading. Film advance is automatic with the built-in motor.
Frame Counter Counts up. Resets automatically when camera back is opened.
Film Rewind Automatic rewind with built-in motor. Midroll rewind enabled.
Dimensions &
132 x 71 x 50 mm, 315 g (with batteries)