Canon Snappy 20 Test
This is the first of four camera tests/reviews of point-and-shoot cameras with 35mm lenses. This seems to be the one focal length that is all-around useful to most serious and amateur photographers.

The Snappy 20 is the middle model in a three camera line-up from Canon, which includes the Snappy 50, and the Snappy S. It has a 1:4.5/f35mm fixed-focus lens mounted with a snap-door cover that is connected to the On-Off switch. Auto Loading, Winding, Rewinding, and Exposure are the main features. It will take 100 or 400 ISO 35mm film, has a built in flash, and it is mid-roll rewind capable, all powered by 2 AA batteries.

This particular camera had been dropped, and the flash did not work. Some of the body panels were distended from the impact, so I had to open it up to get everything back in working order.

The body panels were easily fixed by taking out all the body screws, peeling back the rubber material from the grip, and pulling them off the body of the camera, then reassembling the panels in the reverse order.

While I had the camera open, I found that the contacts in the slide switch for the flash had gotten corroded. I loosened the bar that holds the switch to get to the contacts, which just rode on top of a couple of pads on the printed circuit board. A little action with some 600 grit paper, and they were as good as new.

The test photos were taken on an expired roll of Fuji Superia X-Tra 400, processed and scanned commercially. I tried to take shots that would show the capability of the camera in various situations, so some of them, though lacking in much excitement or aesthetics, will be there for this reason. I'll explain some as I go along.

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