Point-and-shoot cameras are some of the easiest and most exciting cameras to use. Ask anyone in the community and chances are, they'll give you a nod or a thumbs up. They're just the perfect grab-and-go camera that makes snapping frames as instinctive as looking left and right before crossing the street.
Enter the Minolta AF 101R. The AF 101R was a point-and-shoot camera released by Minolta in 1994. It featured a 28 mm f/5.6 wide-angle lens that is capable of taking in a variety of shots from street snaps to landscapes and even group photos. Its body is composed mainly of plastic, making it a viable choice for bringing along on trips and holidays. Sounds like a great point-and-shoot, right? In a sense, it is.
It has all the makings of a fun and easy-to-use backup camera that you don't need to fiddle around with. The simplicity takes away the guesswork out of taking pictures and gives you more time to take in the moment you're trying to capture. Not only that, the autofocus feature of the Minolta AF 101R means that you have a better chance of taking clearer photographs so long as you know the proper lighting and speed needed. The Minolta AF 101R has a fixed shutter speed and aperture. That can feel a bit limiting for someone who's used to tweaking dials and knobs here and there but for the occasional shooter or snapshooter with an itchy shutter finger, it will hardly matter.
All in all, the Minolta AF 101R is a nice camera to have in your bag if you want something that is uncomplicated but can still give you some pretty good images. The autofocus feature is probably out of place given the limited aperture and shutter speed setting. This makes us circle back to the question: do you need autofocus in a point-and-shoot? Probably not, but hey, if it helps you take more fun and in-focus photos then it's a welcome addition to the camera.
Sample Photo Gallery
Film: 35 mm cartridge film
Film Transport: automatic loading and advance, manually activated motor rewind
Lens: 28 mm f/5.6
Focusing: Infrared active-type autofocus; range: 1.2 m (3.9 ft) to infinity
Shutter: 1/125 sec.
Film Speed Range: ISO 100 to 400 for DX-coded negative film
Flash Range: ISO 100, 1.2 to 3m (3.8 to 9.8 ft)
Recycling Time: approx. 8 sec.
Battery Performance: Alkaline cells: approx. 20 rolls; (based on Minolta's standard test method, using 24 exposure film with flash on 50% of exposures)
Dimensions: 118W × 63H × 42D mm
Weight: 165 grams (5.82 oz)