5 frames with a the Minolta Dynax 3000i & Minolta AF Zoom 35-80mm f/4-5.6 – by Charles Higham

In the 1980s Minolta must have identified a market for a user-friendly point-and-shoot autofocus SLR. The shiny plastic Dynax 3000i body requires a 2CR5 battery and is compact but feels solid. It has a built in motorised film winder, on/off switch, self-timer button and another button if you want faster shutter speeds. The LCD panel shows frame count, battery charge, standard setting or high speed setting as mentioned above, and self-timer indicator. That’s it. There’s virtually no control. I found out online that shutter speeds go from 4 seconds to 1/1000. However, you won’t know what the camera selects as no exposure information is displayed. The viewfinder is pretty ordinary and LEDs accompanied by a beep indicate autofocus and under/overexposure.