Minolta Hi-Matic S series

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The Minolta Hi-Matic S series consisted of four similar compact cameras from Minolta. They were the first Minolta compacts to include built-in flash, and they utilized zone focus. Unlike earlier Hi-matics, the S series used standard AA batteries to power the exposure meter and pop-up flash. The series began in 1978, but was regarded as obsolete a few years later when the Hi-Matic AF integrated autofocus into a body of the same size.

  • Minolta Hi-Matic S (38mm/2.7 Minolta Rokkor lens)
  • Minolta Hi-Matic SD (as above, but with date imprinting)
  • Minolta Hi-Matic S2 (38mm/2.8 Minolta lens)
  • Minolta Hi-Matic SD2 (as above, but with date imprinting)

Specifications for S and SD models

  • Lens: Rokkor 38mm, f/2.7 (4 elements in 3 groups)
  • Viewfindfinder: 0.5x magnification, shows 85 percent of frame, 5 zone focus marks, low light warning lamp.
  • Exposure meter: CdS mounted at top of lens barrel.
  • Film speed: Set by twisting ring around lens. ASA 25-400.
  • Shutter: Seiko ESF-D between-the-lens programmed shutter
  • Shutter speed: 1/4 to 1/450s
  • Flash: Guide number 14 (metres, ASA 100), 27 (m, ASA 400)
  • Dimensions: 130×84×55mm
  • Weight: 368g

SD adds date imprinting, with area shown in viewfinder where it will appear on the negative.