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Minolta Hi-Matic GF compact 35mm zone focus camera w/ built-in flash

Minolta Hi-Matic GF compact 35mm zone focus camera w/ built-in flash

Regular price $78.00 CAD
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First released in 1982, the Minolta Hi-Matic GF is a simple and very fun-to-use 35mm zone focus camera. 

The camera's flash and low light warning button require two AA alkaline batteries (not included).

Here's how the Hi-Matic GF was described in the April 1982 Popular Photography:

Having less sophistication [than the Hi-Matic AF2M] and thus a substantially smaller price ($105)* is the Minolta Hi-Matic GF. It has a built-in, pop-up electronic flash that delivers about 250 flashes with a set of 1.5-volt alkaline cells. Flash-distance ranges are up to 12 ft. with ASA 100 film, 20 ft. with ASA 400. A four-zone. focusing
38-mm lens has an aperture range from f/4 to f/16.
Exposure is controlled by the user via a three-position control to match weather conditions bright sun, hazy sun, and cloudy. A single mechanical 1/125- sec shutter speed is provided. A built-in CdS cell is used to detect when flash is needed and a low-light "use-flash" indicator can be seen in the finder. 

* 1982 US dollars, this would translate to about $342 US dollars in 2023.

Condition notes

This camera is in very good cosmetic condition (see photos) and all functions are working correctly. 


  • Type: Compact 35mm camera with built-in electronic flash
  • Lens: Minolta 38mm /4, 3 elements in 3 groups, 60° angle of view; filter and lens-hood mount: 46mm screw-in type
  • Shutter: Metal-blade, behind-the-lens mechanical type, fixed 1/125 sec. speed
  • Focusing: 1m (3.3 ft.) to infinity, with click-stop zone-symbol settings
  • Exposure control: By 3 position exposure control grip with click-stop sun (aperture f/16), hazy sun (f/8) and cloud symbols (f/4)
  • Viewfinder: Bright-frame type with parallax-correction marks; flash-use indicator lamp; flash-monitor lamp that lights when the flash has recycled
  • Power: Two 1.5v AA-size (penlight) alkaline-manganese, or sealed carbon-zinc cells for indicator lamp and flash operation
  • Flash system: Built-in, flash turns on automatically when poped up.
  • Flash range:
    • ISO 100: 1.5 - 3.8m (4.9 - 12 ft.)
    • ISO 400: 2.4 - 6m (7.9 - 20 ft.)
  • Film advance: Knob type with 320° rotation; advancing-type frame counter
  • Frame size: 24mm × 36mm
  • Usable films: Black & white and color negative 35mm films
  • Other: Minolta Easy-Load film system with special take-up spool
  • Dimensions: 121 × 73.5 × 52.5mm (4-3/4 × 2-7/8 × 2-1/16 in.)
  • Weight: 215g (7-9/16 oz.) (without Batteries)
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