Although it carries the Yashica name, it is really a Kyocera camera and does not even feature a Yashica lens.
The negative issues for me are the tiny viewfinder and the slow (f11.2!) aperture. That being said, a consequence of that aperture is the amazing depth of field exhibited in photos. A further consequence is that you need to use 400ASA film as a minimum and hope for good weather. But under good conditions, the lens is capable of delivering pretty decent images.
I had no idea how many different ZOOMATES there are. A quick EBAY search shows DOZENS. There are even several 140SE's -- starting at $20 with free shipping! There's even a few 165SE -- but it looks very different. Quite a lens though.
Do you still have its stablemate ... the Zoomate 140? My OH found it to be a versatile little p&s in its day!
I've got the Elite 140 Zoom which is identical to your model except that there is no lettering around the lens front (I suspect it got lost due to rough handling over the years), and says "Quartz Date Back" below the front badging, with the "Date" button residing on the top just behind the shutter release. Cost a whole 99 cents.
You're starting a nice collection of silver P&S there!
The Zoomate/Elite/Brava 80 of 1998 sat in the middle in terms of size between the two you show. As Xkaes mentioned, there were dozens of Zoomate models up to 2001, with the ever-extending (and slightly comical) 165mm model being the last with the Zoomate name. By 2001 the digital compacts were starting to take off in a big way with plenty of Finecam models, so the last of the 35mm compacts like the EZ Zooms and the excellent T (orT4) zooms finished off the 35mm compact line. Over in Brazil the MC-28's and Plena models ended the 35mm run there in 2002, with possibly one exception. I think they made an EZ Zoom 70 about 2004 but I'm not 100% on the date.
T (T4) Zoom
If anyone is interested, I can post pics of the last 35mm Brazil models.
This arrived from an Italian owner which I assume is why Kyocera decided to give it the 'Brava' label. Other than the colour and name, it is of course identical to the silver/champagne 105 with the Yashica zoom shown previously.
Thank also for the info bobblehat on the EZ Zoom and Zoomate 80 models; I have also spotted a T Zoom being sold on which Kyocera has finally dropped the Yashica logo.
Strangely, I cannot find any reference to Brazilian made Zoomate 105, with or without Brava! Looking back through my chart notes, I actually cannot find any reference to Brazil producing any model using the Zoomate name. My reference to MC-28, Plena and EZ Zoom were merely to illustrate the end of the 35mm film era in Brazil, so I'm sorry for diluting the subject slightly and not being clear on that point. I include images of those 3 below (apologies for poor quality in advance) to give a comparison to other K/Y P&S cameras of that era.
Back to the 105 discussion ... I think that the Zoomate/Brava/Campus/Elite/EZS/Power Zoom variations may have been for specific markets (apparently not Brazil!) rather than for specification variations, but the latter is not out of the question! Biggles3 has posted the Zoomate 105 and Brava versions of the earlier model, so here are a few others to complete the picture ... I've left out the ones Biggles3 has posted and the usual Black/Champagne/other colour variants to save boring the members!
Campus closed and open ....
EZS Zoom 105
Power Zoom 105
The last image has a oddity associated with it. There are images on the internet of a Power Zoom 105 that has no Kyocera or Yashica on it ... nothing ... nowhere! Make of that what you will!
A lot of these 105 variants were available with the Date Back .... good to see it is still working! I'm intrigued to know where they have hidden the QD letters ... is it only on the packaging?
Yes - it was on the packaging.
What is interesting is that the Zoomate series cameras with the date capability use the camera's battery to power it but all of the ones I have ended in 2020. This EZS Zoom is like the Date-Backs of old in that it uses a CR2025 battery housed inside the back to provide power, independent of the AA cells in the body. I wonder if cameras powered by CR2 or CR123A batteries have sufficient reserves of power to accommodate the needs of the Date-Back whereas AA cells would be drained too quickly. Are all date-backs subsequent to the one here in the EZS Zoom still working in 2021?
With a limited zoom range of 35-80mm, it's the most compact of the bunch to date; I'm certain that there may be a few more out there in the Zoomate range as I'm currently limited to 3 versions of the 105, 2 versions of the 140 and one 165EF.
I might try for a 110W if I can find one for a sensible price and then call it quits on the Zoomate series.
Despite being an all-plastic camera, it has a comforting weight to it; I have yet to see how the Kyocera zoom performs...