Minolta X-700 35mm Film Camera

The Minolta X-700 was one of the last manual-focus 35mm film cameras made by Minolta and was the top-of-the-line model (subsequent Minolta models featured auto focus in addition to manual options.) The X-700 offers some key features for beginner photographers, including through-the-lens (TTL) metering, aperture priority exposure, and easy-to-understand controls

The Minolta X-700 is a great camera for any beginner or professional film photography enthusiast. While it may lack modern conveniences, such as auto exposure or automatic rewind, it provides everything you need in a SLR camera system. Because the X-700 is no longer in production you will have to buy this camera used, but at the average price of $150 this is a solid investment.

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Minolta X-700 Specifications


35mm SLR (Single-Lens Reflex) camera with through-the-lens metering system

Negative Size

24 x 36 mm


Manual set 25-1600

Shutter Speed

1/1000 – 4 seconds; Bulb (b) setting available

Film Rewind

Manual (optional winders and Minolta Motor Drive 1)

Lens Mount

Minolta MD. However, MC mount lenses are possible in Aperture Priority and Manual.



Exposure Modes

Program AE, Aperture Priority, Manual, TTL Flash

Exposure Metering

Center Weighted Averaging

Power Source

(2) LR44, MS76 or equivalent 1.5v silver or alkaline battery



Self Timer

Yes; 10 second delay

Depth of Field Preview


(W x H x D)

2 x 3-1/2 x 5-3/8" (body only)


17.8 oz (505g) without lens or batteries