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The AF-Z (or MAC-7 in Japan) was one of Minolta's higher-speced compact cameras upon its release in 1986. It has a fast 35 mm f/2,8 lens and a big finder, built-in motor drive with provision for continous shooting as fast as one frame per second and a fast-loading built-in flash. The flash has both an auto mode and a fill flash mode. An LCD display on the top informs the user about the mode of operation. The body has a protective sliding cover.
- Lens: 35 mm f/2,8 (4 elements, 4 groups).
- Focus: Active infrared autofocus. Focus from 0,65 m to infinity.
- Flash: Built-in, automatic with fill-flash button.
- Flash range (at ISO 100): 0,65—4 m. Out of range warning.
- Metering: EV 8.4 (1/40 s, f/2,8) to EV 18 (1/800 s, f/18) with ISO 100 film. Narrow light metering angle.
- DX decoding from ISO 25 to ISO 1600, non-DX films are exposed as ISO 100.
- Film transport: Automatic loading, advance and rewind. Continuous shooting mode available.
- Power: Panasonic BR-P2/Duracell DL 223A 6V lithium battery or 4 x AAA batteries.
- Dimensions: 135 x 72 x 40 mm.
- Weight: 295 g without batteries.