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The Konica Minolta TC-1 is a compact auto-focus 35mm point-and-shoot camera with a high quality titanium body and very sharp multi-coated G-Rokkor 28mm f/3.5 lens. It was made from 1996 to 2005. It has the smallest frontal area of any professional-grade compact autofocus camera, and was a pretty expensive camera at the time of introduction. The camera originally retailed for ¥148,000 or about $1000 in 1996 that's equivalent to $1770 today. One feature is the quite unusual circular diaphragm: a four step (f/3.5, f/5.6, f/8, f/16) bladeless aperture ring comprising a disc with three circular aperture holes. It has received praise for its out-of-focus characteristics (bokeh), and it easily rivals most SLRs.

minolta tc 1

Specs

Type 35mm compact autofocus camera
Film

DX coding compatible (ISO25-3200) with manual override
Non-DX-coded film defaults to 100
Manual ISO setting ISO6-6400 in 1/3 stops

Lens Minolta G-Rokkor
28mm f/3.5mm comprising 5 elements in 5 groups (3 aspherical surfaces)
Metering 2 segmented centre weighted or spot
Aperture F/3.5, F/5.6, F/8, F/16
Shutter 1/750s - 4s
Focus Passive AF (455 steps)
Manual focus 0.45m-99m (22 steps): 0.45, 0.5, 0.55, 0.6, 0.65, 0.7, 0.8, 0.9, 1, 1.2, 1.4, 1.6, 1.8, 2, 2.5, 3, 4, 5, 7, 10, 20, 99
Flash

Built-in, multi modes
ISO 100: 0.45m - 2m
Guide number 7m
Recycle 5s

Power 1 CR123 3V lithium battery
Size Width 99.0mm x Height 59.0mm x Thickness 29.5mm
Mass 185g without battery

Minolta claims that each unit was handmade by technicians and that the entire optical assembly is made entirely of glass and metal, with no plastic parts in the optical block. In 1996, the Camera Journal Press Club of Japan awarded the TC-1 with the Camera Grand Prix.

Minolta TC-1 manual

Looking for the original instructions? Download here a PDF copy of the Minolta TC-1 manual.

Want to know more about this camera and what other people think? Watch these Minolta TC-1 reviews on YouTube to learn more.

Updated: 2 December 2021

Minolta Tc 1 value and price guide

What's your Minolta Tc 1 worth, or what would you expect to pay? Here are some recently sold items with prices.

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