Chinon CP-7m Users Manual
(Revue AC5 - U.K.)

The CP-9AF is similar except this does not Auto Focus or have Through-the-Lens (TTL) flash.

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Data panel

Shoulder strap instructions

Lens mounting

Battery installation

Battery testing

Main switch

Shutter release

Film loading

Setting the film speed

Setting the exposure mode

Three-stage programmed AE

Mode reset button


Unloading exposed film

Flash photography

Self-timer operation

Exposure Modes:

I. Three-stage programmed AE mode

II. Taking pictures in A mode

III. Taking pictures in M mode

Exposure adjustment

AE lock

Multiple exposure

"Bulb" operation (B mode)

Interval timer

Depth of field

Infrared photography

Memory storage

Optional accessories

Care of the camera


1) Multiple exposure (M.E.) switch

2) Exposure mode elector

3) UP/DOWN button

4) Mode reset button

5) Main switch

6) Shutter release button

7) Self-timer LED

8) Lens lock release lever

9) Accessory shoe (hot shoe)

10) SELF/TIME button

11) ISO/EV button

12) Data panel

13) Aperture ring

14) Cable release socket

15) Depth of field scale

16) Focusing ring

17) AE lock button

18) Viewfinder eyepiece

19) Film guide rail

20) Film

21) Rewind shaft

22) Back cover release lever

23) Back cover release button

24) DX film contacts

25) Focal plane shutter

26) Tripod socket

27) Film window

28) Film pressure plate

29) Data back contacts

30) Camera back

31) Sprocket

32) Take-up spool

33) Leader index

34) Battery compartment cover

35) Rewind button

36) Rewind switch protection cover


            Auto Setting: ISO 25~5000 with 1/3 EV increments (for DX coded film).

            Manual Setting: ISO 25~5000 for non DX coded film

            Exposure Compensation: -4.0 EV to +4.0 EV with 1/2 EV increments (for DX coded film)

Normal: The program designed for general photography. The lens aperture stays open up to the shutter speed of 1/60 sec. Between 1/60 and 1/2000 the aperture varies in accordance with the programmed shutter speeds.
Creative: The program designed for slow moving objects or depth of field control. The lens aperture stays open up to the shutter speed of 1/8 sec. At faster than 1/8 sec., the aperture varies in accordance with the programmed shutter speed.


The CP-7m is equipped with a large LCD panel that displays important camera function information.

1 ) Exposure modes

2) Three stage program modes

3) DX film mark

4) Exposure compensation reminder

5) Film counter/self-timer countdown/"bulb" and "interval timer" elapsed time

6) Self-timer indication

7) Shutter speed/film speed indication

8) ISO mark


Inside the viewfinder, essential information is displayed by multicolored digital LEDs.

1) Flash ready LED (red)
2) Action program (green)
3) Normal program (green)
4) Creative program (green)
5) Over exposure LED (red)
6) Shutter speed LED (green/orange)
7) Under exposure LED (red) In the viewfinder, shutter speed LEDs are indicated between as one full stop while shutter speeds are indicated by one half stops with A or P mode on the LCD panel. When the shutter speed is set from 2 to 8 seconds, the under exposure LED lights up, and when slower than 8 seconds, the LED flickers.


  • 1. Place the end of the shoulder strap through the camera body lug (Fig. 1).
  • 2. Place the end of the strap through the plastic retainer. Pull tight to secure (Fig 2)

    Your CP-7m is equipped with a universal bayonet mount which accepts all interchangeable lenses
    with "K", "KA" or "RK" bayonet mounts.

  • 1. To attach the lens, match the red dot on the camera body with the red dot on the lens (Fig. 3). Insert the lens into the camera body and turn it clockwise until the lens locks with a click.
  • 2. To remove the lens from the camera body, depress the lens lock release lever, turn the lens counterclockwise as far as it will go, and lift it up from the body (Fig. 4). Do not remove or attach lens while operating the camera.

    The CP-7m uses four (4) AA size 1.5 V alkaline batteries or a 6 V lithium battery (2CR-5 type).

    NOTE: To prevent damage from battery leakage or bursting, do not mix batteries of different types, brands or ages. Do not crush or throw used batteries or subject them to high temperatures. If the camera will not be used for a long period of time, film and batteries should be removed.
    Performance of batteries decreases as they become colder. Before using the camera in cold weather make sure to use a fresh set of batteries A spare set should be carried in a warm pocket, in case you need to change batteries while shooting. Battery

    Number of Film Cartridges:

    When using a roll of 36 - exposure film, the following data was observed during laboratory testing.
    Lithium battery (2CR-5) Four 1.5 V AA - size alkaline batteries
    150 rolls 80 rolls

    NOTE: Although "AA" type Ni-Cad rechargeable battery can be used, their performance will be very limited. Make sure that the Ni-Cad battery can be fitted easily into the CP-7m without undue force.


    Set the main switch to the "S" or "C" position, and depress the shutter release halfway (Fig. 9). Fresh batteries should be installed in any of the following cases. When all displays on LCD data panel blink. When shutter release button is depressed all the way down, the shutter will not release and all displays on LCD panel and LED indication in the viewfinder will not light up.

    MAIN SWITCH (S/C Mode Selector)

    To prevent accidental exposures and to conserve battery power, the main switch should be set to the "L" position. When the main switch is set to the "L" position, all the electric circuitry is shut off and the shutter release is locked. The LCD display panel will be switched off. To operate the camera, set the main switch to the "S" or "C" position (Fig. 10). S - Single-frame mode: film is advanced one single frame after each exposure. C - Continuous mode: film is advanced continuously at up to two and half frames per second as long as the shutter release button is kept fully depressed.


    The CP-7m features a two-stage electromagnetic shutter release (Fig. 11).

    1. When the shutter release button is depressed halfway, the electronic circuitry (including the LCD data panel and viewfinder LEDs) starts functioning. The meter and information display remain on for 12 seconds after you lift your finger from the button
    2. When the button is fully depressed, it will trigger the shutter


    1. Set main switch to the "S" or "C" position.

    2. Open the back cover by pressing the back cover release button and sliding the back cover release lever downward (Fig. 1 2).

    3. Insert a film cartridge into the film chamber with the protruding end of the cartridge positioned toward the bottom of the camera (Fig. 13).

    4. Extend the trimmed end of the film up to the yellow leader index. Make sure that the lower perforations of the film engage the teeth on sprocket (Fig. 14).

    5. Close the camera back firmly until it locks with a click (Fig. 15).

    6. The camera will automatically advance the film to the first frame, and "1 " will appear in the frame counter in the LCD panel.
    If the frame counter still shows "O", open the back cover and re-load the film properly.

    With DX film, ISO number will appear during loading. When loading is completed, the DX mark and the metered data (shutter speed) are displayed and the film speed is automatically set. The metered data (shutter speed) remains displayed for 12 seconds. picture (A)
    With non-DX film, after loading is completed, the data panel will display the ISO mark blinking for 12 seconds, indicating to set the correct film speed.— (B)


  • 1. When using DX-coded film (Fig. 16): The film speed for DX-coded films is automatically adjusted, and the DX mark appears in the data-panel.
  • 2. When using non-DX coded film: While depressing the ISO/EV button, press the UP/DOWN button to set the film speed (Fig. 17). Applicable range is ISO 25 to 5000 with 1/3 EV increments. The film speed seeing can be checked by pressing the ISO/EV button

    The CP-7m features a three stage programmed AE mode (P - Program, P. A - ACTION, P.C - CREATIVE), aperture priority (A) mode, a metered manual (M) mode and bulb (B) mode. To set the exposure mode, simply press down the desired mode at the corner of the exposure mode selector. One press on P mode will result in normal "P", another press in "P - ACTION" and a third press in "P - CREATIVE" (Fig. 18). See EXPOSURE MODES for further details.


    The CP-7m is equipped with three program modes of normal "P", "P - ACTION" and "P - CREATIVE". Normal "P" mode can be used in most cases.

    The CP-7m automatically selects the most suitable combination of shutter speed and aperture for the optimum exposure. The programmed AE mode is ideal for general picture taking by shooting very quickly and easily, eliminating troublesome exposure setting according to light conditions.


    When you want to quickly set the camera to the normal Program mode from P - ACTION, P - CREATIVE, A, M or B. simply press and release the mode reset button.

    1. The mode reset button pressed and released, exposure mode is set to the normal Program and "P" is displayed in data panel and "P" LED lights up in the viewfinder (Fig. 20). Any exposure adjustment and self-timer are canceled.

    2. When the mode reset button is pressed and released, the metered shutter speed in the normal "P" mode is displayed in the data panel for 12 seconds. When the mode reset button is pressed and released after the self-timer is activated the metered shutter speed is displayed in the data panel for one second: the self-timer is cancelled without exposing a frame.


    At the center of the viewfinder is a split image with microprism collar which is then surrounded by a ground glass. When the camera is In focus, the image on three focusing aids becomes sharpest. While observing the subject through the viewfinder, turn the lens focus ring until the upper and lower split images match up to form a uniform image (Fig. 21). This split image focusing is particularly helpful when the subject is dominated by vertical lines. The microprism is also very helpful; when out of focus; the image on the microprism will be composed of a collection of asterisks (Fig. 22). These sparkling asterisks will disappear when the focus is properly set. You can double check the focus seeing by the image on the ground glass. You can also focus indirectly. Actually measure or estimate the distance to the subject and set the lens focus ring to the appropriate seeing (Fig. 23)


    When the film in the camera is fully exposed, the number in the film counter remains blinking for 12 seconds. All other LCD displays will disappear at this time.

  • 1. Slide the rewind switch protection cover in the direction of the arrow and push in rewind button to rewind the film (Fig. 24).
  • 2. During rewinding, frame number counts backward showing how many frames are remaining to be rewound.
  • 3. After rewinding, "0" appears blinking in the frame counter and rewinding is automatically stopped.
  • 4. Open the back cover and remove the film (Fig. 25). Do not open the back cover until the motor stops, even if "0" appears in the frame counter.
  • NOTE: When the motor stops before frame number reaches "0", do not open back cover. Replace batteries with a fresh set. When rewinding is completed, "0" remains blinking for 12 seconds. The shutter cannot be tripped until the rewinding operation is completed.


    The CP-7m is designed with a unique flash system, making flash photography simple. The CP-7m offers a wide range of uses, such as X sync at 1/100 sec. with A and M modes, and also slower sync flash photography possibility.


    The CP-7m is equipped with an electronic self timer with a red LED and a unique "up to 90 minute" setting. Film is automatically advanced one frame after the exposure is completed.

    1. Press the SELF/TIME button to activate self-timer for a 10 seconds delay (Fig. 27).

    2. Focus the subject and depress the shutter release bottom The self-timer LED
    will start blinking. The frame counter displays the remaining seconds until the
    shutter will be released.

    To cancel operation: Press the ISO/EV button. After the self-timer operation has
    started, you can cancel it by pressing the SELF/TIME button, however, self-timer
    mode still remains in effect. You can also cancel it by pressing the mode reset button, but the exposure mode is set to the normal "P" mode after cancellation.