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The Minolta FS-35, known as the Freedom 50 in America, is a basic fixed-focus compact camera released circa 1989. It has motorised film transport, a built-in flash, but no self-timer. The lens is protected by a sliding cover. It was followed by the Riva 35/Freedom 50N in 1991, virtually the same camera in a redesigned casing.
- Lens: 35 mm f/4,5
- Shutter: Behind-the-lens mechanical shutter, fixed at 1/125 s.
- Focus: Fixed focus from 1,5 m to infinity.
- Exposure: f/8 without flash, f/4,5 with flash.
- Flash: Built-in, manually activated. Range: 1,5–4 m. LED indicator for low light and flash ready signal.
- Film speed: DX coded films, ISO 100 or 400. Non-DX films exposed as ISO 100.
- Film transport: Automatic advance and rewind.
- Power: 2 x AA batteries.
- Dimensions: 127 x 73 x 49 mm.
- Weight: 200 g without batteries.