Minolta 110 Zoom SLR

Manufactured around 1976 by Minolta Camera Co. Ltd. The 110 Zoom SLR was the first SLR for the 110 film format and the second with a zoom lens. It has fully-automatic, aperture-priority exposure. The fixed mount lens was a 25 - 50mm (f4.5-16.0) with close-focusing capability (focusing to 11 inches). It supported shutter speeds of 10 seconds through 1/1000 and “X” (1/150) and B settings. A Cds meter (not through-the-lens) provided exposure control. There are no manual settings of the shutter, except for B and X. LED's in viewfinder warn of over- and under-exposure, and low battery power. Built-in lock on the shutter release, a tripod socket, hot shoe, battery check, pop-out lens shade and cable release thread connector were also provided. It used 100 and 400 speed film. Unlike other 110 cameras, the camera does not use the film perforations to cock the shutter. And since the camera has an exposure compensation dial, films other than 100 and 400 can be used -- and correctly exposed from ISO 25 to ISO 1600 (yes, Kodak did put Kodachrome 64 in 110 cartridges for a while and this camera would produce beautiful—yet small—slides…). The camera is very famous for it’s very sharp images thanks to the larger than normal, all glass, fully engineered lens. It uses two A76 batteries for power.


See also: www.subclub.org/shop/min110.htm



  • Mike 8y

    I can not begin to tell you how thrilled I was to see this picture. Someone recently asked me how I fell in love with photography. I told them about this 110 camera that was the "little camera that could" I was 10 years old and now i know that becuase of this camera I learned depth of field, f-stops, long exposure using a tripod. Too COOL! thank you for having this collection. Now I am 42 and seeing this brings me back to all those experimental photos....
  • Oscar Valentin Pretell Nicolao Palau Vizurraga Balbin 8y

    Beautiful camera. I've always loved it.
  • Phil Lewis 7y

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called 110 Speed, and we'd love to have your photo added to the group.
  • PeacockDesigns 6y

    You wouldn't happen to have the "mark II" version in your collection would you?
  • Steve Harwood 6y

    @peacockdesigns2008: Not yet.... [grin] The Mark II was made in an attempt to make people believe it was an SLR--they even gave it blockier, 35mm SLR-style body. But in the end, the only make who had a successful 110 SLR was Pentax...

    Pentax Auto 110
  • Shannon Bosket 6y

  • tim_at 6y

    Had the Pentax 110, gave it to my brother for Christmas-he loved it! Works too. Saw this Minolta at Salvation Army but they wanted a bit too much for it..maybe next time.
  • heartdelay. 6y

    Holy shit, i've never thought there was a 110 camera like this! The most advanced one i knew was the Pentax 110 :O
  • Jesse Querry 6y

    There were SLRs for 110?! wow.

    I remember when i was 6 or 7 I had a wheres waldo 110. there was a small waldo image that would appear in a random corner of each frame. In fact i think it was my first camera.
  • Ali H. Isaac 6y

    I had this camera in 79 when I was 13. Used to take long exposure flash photos, accidentally
  • Darren Addy 4y

    >But in the end, the only make who had a successful 110 SLR was Pentax...

    I'm a huge Pentax fan, but I have to disagree with your assessment. Unlike the Minolta 110 slr, the Pentax had no exposure adjustments. The Minolta 110 SLR was a wildly popular camera for its time and had a lot of nice features, such as a useful zoom with "macro", +/- 2 EV exposure compensation, the ability to take any ASA of 110 film and an ergonomic design. I'd love to have a Pentax 110 set some day, but I'm a "bang-for-the-buck" guy and a good working Minolta 110 SLR can be had for around a ten-spot. I found mine with soft case and manual for $5 in a thrift store. For those interested, I have scanned the Owner's Manual and put it up here: www.flickr.com/photos/pixelsmithy/sets/72157625911261400/.
  • Steve Harwood 4y

    @Pixelsmithy: Oh, I wouldn't disagree that the Minolta's weren't better cameras. Your point are spot on. But I used to sell both of these 'back in the day' and we sold the Pentax over the Minolta 10 to 1. I think it's "cute" factor sold it more than it's features...
  • Enda Burke 3y

    what kind of film does it need?
  • Steve Harwood 3y

    It uses 110 film cartridges. Unfortunately it is no longer manufactured by anyone, but you can still find it here and there and many "corner drug stores" still have the inserts to develop/print it in their one-hour lab machines (but most will tell you "no"...). Please see: www.frugalphotographer.com/info-110.htm
  • Enda Burke 3y

    thanks man!
  • Christophe Laurent 3y

    Lomography just started making 110 again, guys! Enjoy!
  • John Bowman 3y

    Just bought one of these (mk 1) in a car boot sale for £3.50 (GBP). Seems in good order so looking forward to giving it a test run.
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