Minolta Freedom Escort
|Minolta Freedom Escort|
image by Steve Harwood (Image rights)
This small lightweight compact camera by Minolta dates from around 1991. It has autofocus and a couple of flash modes, but it would be of little interest if it weren't for the fact that it is a close cousin of the Leica Mini II. With a glass lens allegedly manufactured by Minolta and electronics by Matsushita to specifications demanded by Leitz/Leica, this camera was also marketed as the Panasonic C-625AF Super Mini. The lens is very sharp for such an unassuming little camera.
Minolta Riva Mini was an alternate name. In Japan, it was called the Minolta Pico. A quartzdate (QD) model was also available.
- Lens: 34mm, f/3.5 (four elements in three groups) which slides out and retracts electronically but has no zooming capability.
- Built-in flash has auto, red-eye reduction and forced on/off modes.
- DX-coded film with autowind.
- Power: CR123A battery.
|Name variant Riva Mini|
image by Bernard Faure (Image rights)