Minolta Hi-Matic AF
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The Minolta Hi-Matic AF was introduced in 1979. It was a step towards the modern standard compact camera for film, not yet with automatic film transport, automatic film speed setting and display. But it already offered active infrared autofocus combined with automatic exposure with speed/aperture-settings between f2.8 + 1/8 sec. to f17 + 1/430 sec. This exposure program is replaced by automatic aperture setting when the flash is switched on. Four LEDs in the bright-frame finder show the distance set by the AF. The CdS exposure measuring window is within the filter thread. The camera has a mechanical self-timer. It needs two AA batteries.