Chinon Auto 2001 in opened position.

Chinon Auto 2001 Front Facing. At the bottom right corner is where the film speed switch located. The film speed will be set as the selected value on non DX coding film.

The Chinon Auto 2001 is a fully automatic 35mm camera manufactured in Japan by Chinon. The Chinon 2001 has a rectangular design with a sliding lens cover that doubles as a on/off switch. The viewfinder of the camera projects guidelines and show distance read-outs when the focus lock is engaged.

An unusual feature of the Chinon 2001 is the film speed switch in front of the camera. The switch allows the user to set the film ISO as (100/200/400/1000) if there's no DX code detected on the film cartridge. A data-back version is also available in red accent color. The Kodak 35Af2 and the Kodak VR35 K14 were based off the Chinon 2001 internals and original design.


  • Type: Lens shutter type fully automatic 35mm compact camera with built-in flash.
  • Film Format: 35mm
  • Lens: 35mm f2.8, 4 elements in 4 groups.
  • Viewfinder: Inverted galilean finder with distance indicators, minimum focusing distance warning. Film advancing (red) and flash (green) indicator LEDs.
  • Shutter: Programmed electronic shutter: 1/45 sec. (F2.8) - 1/55 sec. (F16)
  • Exposure: Automatic, EV 8.5-E17 (ISO100)
  • Focusing: Infrared automatic focusing system, pre-focus possible.
  • Focusing range: 0.85m to infinity.
  • Film transport: Auto winding and rewinding.
  • Self-timer: 10 sec.
  • Flash: Automatic, fill, and flash override (forced off).
  • Effective flash distance: 0.85m - 4m (2.8ft -13.1ft) at ISO 100-200, 0.85m - 8m (2.8ft -26.2 ft) at ISO 400-1600 (with color negative film)
  • Flash recycling time: Approximately 2.0 sec.
  • Power source: One 6V lithium battery pack (2/3A-2).
  • Dimensions: 133L x 67H x 43.5W mm (5.23" x 2.63" x 1.71").
  • Weight: 275g (9.7 oz) without battery.