|image by Uwe Kulick (Image rights)|
The Minolta AF-DL, Freedom DL or Freedom Dual was an easy-to-use all-automatic compact cameras for 35mm film introduced by Minolta circa 1987. The on/off-switch opens and shuts the two-part lens cover. A red button allows switching the lens from wide-angle focus to standard focus and vice versa. This is the meaning of "DL": dual lens. Like the Olympus Infinity Twin, this concept was a sort of halfway point before zoom lenses become obligatory on point-and-shoot models.
The camera has automatic film transport, auto-focus with focus hold option (by pushing the shutter release button halfways), and automatic activation of the built-in flash. It may have been produced in Malaysia.
- Lens: 1:3,5/35mm, switchable to 1:5,6/50mm
- Autofocus: infrared
- Films: 35mm films of 100 ASA or 400 ASA film speed
- Exposure: subject weighted metering, programmed automatic exposure
- Viewfinder: magnification changes when lens is switched
- weight: 275 g without the 4 AAA-batteries
- dimensions 132 x 69,5 x 51 mm
The camera had a yellow "brother" with the same technical data, the Minolta Weathermatic 35 DL underwater camera.
|US-market Freedom Dual|
image by Dan Iggers (Image rights)