I'm an amateur photographer digging into film photography. I currently own a Minox GT which I really love: it's on aperture priority, really compact and light-weight, it's got a quite good, fast lens, and I don't bother the viewfinder build at all.

However, there's a flaw: the Minox GT handles films with iso sensitivity "only" up to 800, which is far below what I may want to bring my camera with me in the evening or in average bright home interiors.

I've tried to do some research but either I can't find maximum iso sensitivity of the camera, or the ones I find are well-known pricey cameras (such as the ricoh gr).

Therefore, I'd rather some equipment recommendation, since I'm looking for a camera which is

  • Compact: I mean, no 35mm camera is smaller than the Minox, but large-pocket-sized would be very good

  • Aperture priority or even manual (but an internal exposimeter would be good in that case) but not a point-and-shoot like for example the Olympus Miu

  • Able to handle at least 3200 sensitivity

  • Relatively cheap: for example, in general, rangefinder and viewfinder cameras kept a fair price throughout these years

  • Not fundamental, but very important: a built-in exposimeter, as my primary use of the camera would be street or city-lit night photography

Does a camera with these features really exist?

On a side note, is there some sort of an online archive with camera models listedwith the main features?

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    \$\begingroup\$ Does your minox have exposure compensation? If so, you could dial in a -2 stop adjustment and set the ISO to 800 for correct exposure with ISO 3200 film. You could also look at using a separate meter with a camera that allows manual exposure settiing. (Maybe something like the little Rollei (B35 or 35B? I forget) though the solar cell based meter wasn't great for low light use so you'd probably still need an separate meter). \$\endgroup\$
    – JerryTheC
    Jul 1, 2017 at 23:53
  • \$\begingroup\$ @JerryTheC unfortunately nope, its exposure compensation is just +1. Anyway, I tried the separate meter setup: it's a little slow but decent, and actually that Rollei is a pretty good camera. Thank you \$\endgroup\$
    – Eugenio
    Jul 3, 2017 at 7:53

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The Leica Minilux and Contax T2 both could fit, depending on what you mean by "large pocket-sized" and "relativley cheap". They both have aperture priority and go up to ISO 5000. The Minilux may be to big and brick-shaped for you, the T2 may be too expensive.


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