The Minolta Freedom Zoom 90EX (also sold as the Riva Zoom 90EX) is a very nicely designed 35mm film camera from the 90s. The 38-90mm f/3.5-7.7 lens features 4 elements (two of which are aspheric) and offers excellent image quality for a point-and-shoot zoom camera.
This camera is nearly identical to the Freedom Zoom 90C/Riva Zoom 90C except that it omits the 'eye start' feature and its cosmetics are slightly altered. It's also very similar to the Leica C2-Zoom (Leica and Minolta collaborated on a number of cameras from the 70s to 90s).
One nice feature of this camera is its very wide film metering range: it reads DX coded films from IS0 32-3200, which is handy if you like to use less typical film types (like Kodak T-Max P3200, an amazing low-light film with beautiful grain).
This camera requires a CR-P2 lithium battery (available as an option).
Condition notes The camera's functions were tested with a battery and a roll of film (the film was not developed). All modes are working correctly. We also verified the camera's film plane focus accuracy on an autocollimator (the lens showed unusually good sharpness for a zoom point-and-shoot). The camera is in very good cosmetic condition (see photos).
Type: 35mm autofocus lens-shutter camera Lens: 38-90mm f/3.5-7.7 power zoom lens
Autofocus System: 3-beam infrared type with cancelable focus hold; range: O.75m/2.5ft. (38-56mm), O.9m/3.Oft. (57-90mm) to infinity
Zoom Control: Sensor-activated Auto Standby Zoom (ASZ) sets a zoom position based on subject distance; zoom lever for manual override
Metering System: External, two-segment silicon photocell for separate illuminance readings of center and background picture areas
Autoexposure: Programmed autoexposure; range (ISO 100): EV 6 to EV 17 (1 /4 sec at f/3.5 to 1/350 sec atf/19) at 38mm setting, EV 8 to EV 17 (1/4 sec. at f/7.7 to 1/250 sec. f/22) at 90mm setting
Flash System: Built-in flash with auto, manual, and flash-off modes selectable; autoflash: flash fires automatically when required; manual-fill flash: flash fires on each exposure; range (ISO 100): O.75-6.Om/2.5-2Oft. at 38mm, 0.9-3.0m/3.0-9.8ft. at 90mm; with pre-flash control selected, a low-power pre-exposure flash burst is given approximately 0.75 secs, before each flash exposure; recycling time: 3.5 sec
Film Speed: Automatic setting for DX-coded ISO 25-3200 film
Viewfinder: Real-image type with focus frame, close-framing guides; magnification: 0.45X at 38mm, 0.95X at 90mm; image area: 85% coverage; eyepiece LED lamps show focus and flash status
Controls: Main switch; zoom lever for powered manual zoom; flash-mode button; pre-flash button; release-mode button; manual rewind button; focus and exposure settings fixed when shutterrelease button is held partway down
Film Transport: Automatic threading, auto advance to first frame, auto winding, auto rewind and auto rewind stop; rewind button for manual start of rewind
Data Panel: LCD with indications for ASZ, re-mote-control, self-timer, battery condition, flash mode, frame number, film transport, film loaded Self-Timer: 10-sec. shutter-release delay; operation indicated by blinking LED on front of camera and data panel self-timer indicator
Power: 6V lithium battery pack (2CR5) powers camera operation; data-panel indicator shows battery condition; shutter remains locked when battery is exhausted
Battery Performance: Approximately 25 rolls (based on Minolta's standard test method, using 24-exposure film with flash on 50% of the exposures)
Dimensions: 147.5(W) X 73.5(H) X 59.5(D)mm
(5-13/16 X 2-7/8 X 2-5/16 in.) Weight (without battery): 320g (11 -5/16 oz.) Optional Accessories: IR Remote Control RC-1
Specifications and accessories are based on the latest information available at the time of printing and are subject to change without notice.