The Minolta-16 Ps is a subminiature camera made in 1964 for Minolta's 16mm instant-load film cartridges, with three-element 1:3.5/25mm lens. It is the two-speed version of the Minolta-16 P which had been launched 4 years earlier together with the Minolta-16 that used the same sort of film but had another conception.
The Minolta-16 Ps has a metal body and a black plastic front panel. In the bottom it has an internal thread to make it usable on a tripod. On top it has the shutter release, the exposure counter, a thumb-knob to choose the film speed and a window through which the actual aperture value is shown by a pointer, together with the selected ASA value and weather symbols which change their position towards the larger aperture values when a slower film speed is chosen. The thin thumb wheel located near to that window in the camera back is the aperture selector. Correct aperture is given when the pointer in the window points onto the aperture value next to the symbol of the actual weather situation: bright sun, hazy sun, cloudy bright or cloudy dull. Beside that thumb wheel is the opening shifter for the film chamber and the thumb wheel for film advance and shutter cocking. The viewfinder consists of two simple rectangular windows, one small in the camera back, the other on the opposite side, in the front panel. In the middle of the panel is a switch lever to set the shifter-shutter's speed from daylight speed 1/100 sec. down to 1/30 sec. . This second speed is flash-synchronized. The lens opening lies deep in the panel. That helps to keep sidelight away from exposures. The lens cover opens just for exposure.
Optional accessories were close-up lens sets for 1 meter or 0.5 meter minimal distance, and filters.
|A pouch in turquoise color had been sold together with the camera.|
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