The Makrolon body with a folding front door houses a retractable lens, the front of the viewfinder and the battery compartment. Opening the door extends the lens and switches on the electronics. Most models had a Tessar type (4 element) 35mm lens, with scale focus. In the base is a ¼-inch tripod bush, the rewind release and the film speed setting dial )with a painted scale (only to 400ASA on some models) that easily wears off) and the back-release catch. The entire back and base plate detach for film loading.
Minox produced a number of models - with various types of exposure control and other added features. The first was the 35 EL, introduced at Photokina in 1974. Most of the models were black, although some of the later ones were silver/grey, and there are white and green models. Each model can be distinguished by the colour of the shutter-release button (although some colours are quite close to others).
Dedicated flash guns were available - fitting into the hot shoe and shaped to fit around the viewfinder bulge - with some small differences to take account of the design of the top plate. The flashguns were almost as big as the cameras themselves (and in some cases, completely covered the top plate and are not compatible with all models, requiring an extra release button on the flashgun). This made handling much less slick.
There were special models of many of the "main" models - mostly just changes in colour.
Main Minox 35 Camera Models
- Minox 35 AF (special Autofocus model, slightly larger and without door)
- Minox 35 AL
- Minox 35 EL
- Minox 35 Goldknopf
- Minox 35 GL
- Minox 35 GSE
- Minox 35 GT - 35GT golf was white
- Minox 35 GT-E
- Minox 35 GT-X
- Minox 35 MB
- Minox 35 MDC
- Minox 35 ML
- Minox 35 PE
- Minox 35 PL
- Minox 35 Touring
- Minox GT-E (1998)
- Minox GT-S (1998)
- Variations in Minox 35mm cameras and accessories and 35mm manuals brochure and advertisements
- Minox 35 variations on Submin.com (including shutter-button colour)
- Flickr Minox 35 group
The Kiev 35A is a copy of a Minox 35.