Minolta Pocket Autopak 430Ex
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The Minolta Pocket Autopak 430E and 430EX are two of Minolta's Autopak subminiature cameras for type No. 110 film cassettes. It has a built-in electronic flash and a three-element 1:5.6/26mm Rokkor lens with switchable focus settings 1.5m, 3m and 10m.
Beside its round shutter release button it has four shifters as controls, the film advance and shutter-cocking shifter in the bottom, the distance selector and the flash on/off shifter on the top, and the lens protection and shutter release lock shifter in the front side.
When the flash shifter is moved to the on position, the flash unit moves a little bit away from the lens opening because a greater distance from the lens reduces the flash's red-eye effect. A control lamp in the camera back shows when the flash is idle for exposure. After usage, the flash can be shifted back to off position. It is powered by a single AA battery. The viewfinder is a simple reverse Galilean one. On the camera bottom is a flash range table.
The 430EX model adds 2 features to the "E": it has an audible sound warning for low light situations and the focus distance scale is lit up when the flash is activated.