Pentax Espio 738


Pentax Espio 738


The Pentax Espio 738 is a 35mm film camera of the mid-range series. It was first released in 1995 when the digital market was not yet a consumer market. It has a moderate zoom that covers 38-70mm in a relatively small body. There was a black version, a date version and later a 738G and a 738S. 

Features and Operation

This camera is easy to use. Autofocus is responsive and works well. Putting a film is easy as well, you drop the film, tear the film leader up to the mark and that's it. The camera winds it automatically. It has some manual settings if needed, the menu is very easy to access on a big clear LCD screen.

A nice camera, but as I said, Pentax made better models later, as they stayed in the film camera market well into the 2000s.

Its main features are:

38-70mm F4.8-8.5 lens, 5 elements in 5 groups, autofocus with focus lock, min. focus 0,55m
Electronic shutter, 1/320-1/3, 1/2-5min (!) bulb mode
Size 120×69.5×55.5,  Weight 320 gr. without battery
25-1600 ISO, automatic DX coding, self-timer, automatic film advance, self-timer Integral flash with red-eye reduction.

The picture are sharp, but there are later Pentax compacts which are much better with more luminous lenses. It's a very good point and shoot camera with a moderate wide-angle zoom lens, good picture quality, nice finish in a pocketable body which is slightly bigger than other cameras. It sets the flash on from start and there is no general flash off mode, but a night mode and a backlight compensation mode. The night flash off mode gives access to impressing long shutter times, up to 5 minutes! The backlight compensation flash off mode works quite well as flash off in case of.

Where to find a Pentax Espio 738

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The Pentax Espio 738 is a 35mm compact camera with autofocus and a zoom lens, issued by Pentax in 1995. Part of the Pentax Espio IQZoom series. Newer versions include Espio 738G and Espio 738S. It was made in China.


  • 38-70mm Pentax zoom lens.
  • Integral flash with red-eye reduction.


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