Minolta AF-S

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A compact autofocus camera released around 1984, the Minolta AF-S is basically an AF-Sv (Talker) without the voice chip (or the other way around), with the other difference being a blue line on the right side instead of a red line. Having an integrated flash, it is slightly larger than the ultra-compact AF-C with its flash attached. The lens is a 35 mm ƒ/2,8. The built-in pop-up flash is manually activated using a slider on the back. Film speed is set manually using a ring around the lens. A self-timer on the front is its only additional feature. The lens barrier sits flush with the body, covering up both the viewfinder, the lens and the AF windows, while pushing in a small switch that deactivates the shutter release.

A year after release, the AF-S (and its speaking brethren) was redesigned, borrowing cues from the Minolta AF-Z and replacing the old, big lens barrier with a more run-of-the-mill lens cap, in the process moving the miniscule deactivation button to the side of the lens so that it was pushed in by the cap, and moving the self timer slider down to the front face.

A version with a quartz date back was also sold.


  • Lens: 35 mm f/2,8 (4 elements/3 groups). 40,5 mm filter thread.
  • Focus: Active autofocus, 0,85 m to infinity.
  • Shutter: 1/8–1/625 s.
  • Exposure: Programmed exposure from EV 6 (1/8 s, f/2,8) to EV 17 (1/625, f/14,5).
  • Film speed: Manually set at range of ISO 25–1000.
  • Film transport: Automatic loading, advance and rewind.
  • Finder: Bright frame finder. LED indicators for low light and focus confirmation.
  • Flash: Built-in, max range at ISO 100 4,80 m. Out of range warning with beep and LED in finder. X synchronisation at 1/40 s.
  • Power: 2 x AA battery.
  • Dimensions: 123x73,5x47,5 mm.
  • Weight: 290 g with batteries.