Minolta AF50 Big Finder

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The Minolta AF50 Big Finder is a point-and-shoot camera for 35mm film, made by (or for) Minolta in 1997. It is one of many point-and-shoot cameras of that time which boast of a big viewfinder, perhaps easy to use while wearing spectacles. It is one of the better-specified of the type, having auto-focus, down to one metre, rather than fixed focus. In fact it has focus lock (where the user focuses on one subject with a half-press of the shutter release, then reframes while holding the button).

The camera has a 27mm f/5.6 triplet lens. It requires DX-coded film cassettes, in the range ISO 100 - 400; with uncoded film, the camera is set to ISO 100. Exposure is also automatic, with shutter speeds from 1/40 to 1/250 second. Like all the 'big finder' cameras, it has a built-in flash. Again, this is one of the better-specified examples, having red-eye reduction, a fill flash setting and a flash override setting (i.e. no flash). It has motor film advance and rewind, and the film compartment locks so that it cannot be opened until the film has been rewound. There is a self-timer setting.

The camera uses two AA batteries. There is a model with a date/time-imprint function.