Minolta Hi-Matic AF2
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Minolta Hi-Matic AF2

History: The Minolta Hi-Matic AF2 first debuted in 1981 and is a fully-automatic fixed lens compact, with the exception of its manual film advanced/rewind (weird, we know). The camera has a fairly sharp 38mm F2.8 lens. And like the Nikon L35AF, the camera's meter is located directly below the front element, which also accepts filters. The camera runs on two AA batteries and offers a pop-up flash.

Why we like it: There are affordable film cameras, and there is the Hi-Matic AF2. In terms of lens sharpness-to-price ratio, this camera is hard to beat. And while there is no exposure compensation lever as you'll find on other fixed lens compacts of its time, the camera will warn you if there is not enough light or if a subject is too close. It does this by emitting an irritating beep. It's plasticky, light weight and a lot of fun to shoot with.

'There are affordable film cameras, and there is the Hi-Matic AF2. In terms of lens sharpness to price ratio, this camera is hard to beat.'

Buy one: These camera can be purchased in working order for between $10-35 on eBay. And if you are really turned off by the manual film advanced, consider the Minolta Hi-Matic AF2-M instead. It's the same camera, but with a motorized film advanced.

Photo credit: Jonathan Mauer