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Manufactured in Chine from Circa 1992 until after 1992.
Index of rarity in France : Peu courant (among non-specialized garage sales)
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Inventory number: 7281

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Meikai AW-4366

This camera appears to be an intermediate stage between the Okaido and the Nikaiyo FMD types, and it still has some of the cosmetic features of the Minolta 5000AF. It may also have been contemporary with the first of the Henrycon A-8000S type, which does not have electric motor(s), and was probably cheaper.

The instructions that were provided don't illustrate this camera, but the three earlier models of the Okaido group.That is only a minor inconvenience because all of the specifications are the same!

It was made in China circa 1992. It is large and heavy, and probably contains some scrap metal to give it greater inertia. It was distributed by Arrow Trading Company Inc, whose mark appears on the box (an inverted 'V' with an arrow through it)

It was sold with a lens cap, push on sun hood, vinyl case, carry strap and (slightly confusing) instructions.

It was also sold as the Meikai AW-4366N, Nikai FMD, Ouyama FMD, Tamashi FMD, etc.........

There is a very similar model to this one with a curve on the underside of the 'prism' and a circular shutter release, which was sold as the Canomatic FMD, Kanomatic, Olympia FMD, Tamashi FMD, etc........ 

(see Ouyama/NTPC: Henrycon A-8000S, Meikai AW-4366, Nikaiyo FMD and Okaido)  xxxxx