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Manufactured in Japon from 1991 until 0.
Index of rarity in France : Rare (among non-specialized garage sales)
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Minolta Riva 105i

Traduction de PYP

The least one can say is that the Riva 105i doesn’t resemble any of its competitors! Unlike many other compact cameras, the Riva 105i has a larger width than height, which gives it this special “look”.

This camera has a 35mm to 105mm zoom lens, that is quite bright for a camera of this type (f1:4 at 35mm and f1:6.7 at 105mm). It is fully automatic: exposure between 1s and 1/500th, automatic flash and automatic… zoom! This unusual automatic zoom mode is called APZ (Advanced Power Zoom): an infra-red sensor located below the finder  tries to fill the frame to the best, by modifying the focal length! The APZ mode is of course optional, the user can choose not to use it.

On top of this very special APZ system, the camera has quite a lot of features for an early 1990s compact camera: electronic self-timer, anti-red eye mode, DX coding…