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The Minolta Pocket Autopak 430Ex was first released in 1980, a very simple camera for Kodak 110 pocket film
*(see below), but an electronic flash built-in. The company made quite a range of pocket cameras, including SLR models.

* 110 film was introduced by Kodak in 1972. The film sits in a cartridge, like Kodak's earlier 126 film, but is much smaller. A frame is 13mm 17mm, has one perforation per image to control film advance and 24 frames per cartridge (12 were also available). The film is protected by a backing paper like 120 film. The frame number is visible through a window at the back of the cartridge. The basic film is ordinary 16mm film which was already on the market, so it could be processed in existing machines. The small picture size made very small, pocketable cameras possible.

Kodak introduced with its 110 film a line of Kodak Pocket Instamatic cameras which were followed by cameras from other manufacturers. Most cameras were cheap point-and-shoot, but very sophisticated models were also made. Small digital cameras made 110 film obsolete. Bit by bit manufacturers
stopped making 110 format film (Fujifilm in 2009), but in 2012 (and 2019) Lomography made a large batch of 110 film, followed by other firms.


The Minolta Pocket Autopak 430Ex has a 3-zone focussig.
The only difference to the 430E model, released in 1977 is the beep warning of the Ex in low light. The model presented is an early one, it has the old logo. Its main features are:

26mm F5.6 glass lens, 3 elements, F5.6, min. focus 1.5m, 3 zones
Shutter fixed speed, 1/200s
Size 150x57x28,  Weight 210 gr.
100 and 400 ISO automatic setting, parallax indication marks, LED and beep for insufficient light, electronic flash


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Camera open. Big and bright viewfinder with bright framelines, only parallax indication. If the camera is closed, the lens is well protected and shutter release blocked.

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Seen from above. Cable release socket. Distance setting slider and scale. Flash slider.

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Back view.
The window will show the film type and the frame number, when a cartrigde is inserted. Flash ready lamp.

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Seen from below. No tripod socket as there are no slow speeds. Film advance slider. Distance indications in meters and feet for the symbols and the flash.

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Flash set via the second slider. It extends a bit to prevent red eyes.

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Camera film and battery compartment open. This model needs one simple AA battery.


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A whole lot of different Minolta 110 cameras, all with electronic shutter except the 430Ex.

This camera is very easy to use, silde it open and it's ready.
It has no manual settings, it has a fixed speed and aperture. You only  have to focus and frame, which is easy via the bright finder and an easy 3-zone focussing scale in the upper part of it. If by half pressing the shutter no light appears and no beep is audible, exposure is fine, if there is a light and a beep, the camera needs the flash. After taking a picture, you have to advance film and cock shutter via the slider under the camera. Putting a film is easy as well, you drop the film into the compartment, advance to the first frame and that's it.

It's a simple point and shoot camera with the advantage of an electronic flash, but the disadvantage of a fixed speed and aperture.

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