Minolta Autopak 800
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In 1969, when Neil Armstrong set foot on the Moon, there was a great demand for easy-to-use cameras on Earth that may have been set off some years earlier by Kodak's 126 film cartridge system. The Minolta Autopak 800 was a rangefinder camera for this format. It had a built-in mechanical clockwork motor for automatic film advance that could be wound up - with the knob on the user's right side - for making a series of 12 exposures. Like many other cameras for the format, it had a connector for flashcubes that turned 90 degrees after each exposure to get the next of four bulbs into firing position. Unusually for a 126 camera, the body has both cable release socket and tripod bush.
- Type: viewfinder film camera
- Manufacturer: Minolta
- Year of launch: 1969
- Film: 126 film cartridge
- Lens: Rokkor 1:2.8/38mm 4-element glass
- Viewfinder: bright frame finder with coupled rangefinder
- Shutter: speeds 1/45 sec. in flash mode, otherwise 1/90 sec.
- Aperture: automatically controlled by CdS light sensor over the lens
- Film advance: clockwork motor
- Dimensions: 125 × 78 × 58mm
- Power: two 825 cells for flash, one PX625 for meter
- Weight: 520 g