Minolta Maxxum 4
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The Maxxum 4 is an autofocus 35mm SLR camera manufactured by Minolta in 2002. It is also known as the Dynax 4 or in tetraphobia countries as the Dynax 3. In Japan it is known as the α-Sweet II L (Alpha Sweet II L) and in China as the α-3 (Alpha 3).
The electronically controlled vertical travelling focal-plane shutter has speeds of 30s to 1/2000 of a sec. with a flash sync of 1/90. Exposure modes have PASM. The program exposure mode contains 5 separate modes including portrait, landscape, close-up, sport and night portrait. The metering is TTL based on a 14 segment honeycomb silicon photo cell with a range of 1 to 20 EV (ISO 100, f/1.4) and a spot metering range of 4 to 20 EV. It can use DX encoded films with speeds of 25 to 5000 ISO. Non-DX films can be set from 6 to 6400 ISO in 1/3 stops.
The film transport is motorized with film advance settings of single or a continuous drive speed of up to 1.7fps. Rewinding the film is automatic at the end of the roll, but a manual rewind is also possible before the end of the roll. The built-in flash has a GN of 12. An AF illuminator is also on the flash, that enables more precise focusing in darker conditions. Self-timer, exposure bracketing and multiple exposure is possible. The camera is powered by two CR2 batteries.