Breaking apart a Chinon Genesis II bridge camera from the early 90s


posted Thursday, November 12, 2015 at 4:14 PM EDT


EEVblog takes us on a humorous journey through time as Dave Jones breaks down a Chinon Genesis II camera. Although the video is funny, it also provides a lot of insight into camera technology.

The Chinon Genesis series was a bridge camera available from 1988 until the early 1990s. The Genesis featured a built-in lens that covered 35-80mm with an f/4.1-6.4 aperture. The camera had a manual zoom lever and even some macro capabilities with close-focusing to 20 inches (0.5 meters).

What really set the Genesis apart, however, was its infrared autofocusing system, which was meant to offer improved low-light autofocusing performance. Per Jones, it also includes a "real-time" viewfinder with "stunning resolution" and "zero latency." It even can take a 24- or "really adavanced" 36-shot 'memory card.' Almost as much of a trip to the past as seeing the camera is seeing the battery that it takes, a 2CR5 battery.

For laughs and learning, watch Dave break the camera open in the video below.


If you'd like more information about the Chinon Genesis II, Mike Butkus has catalogued the Genesis II's manual here. For sample images and a short review of the camera by DetroitLomo, head on over to

(Seen via YouTube