197: The average 35mm 'compact' camera was heavy, bulky, needed big and .deep pockets. For example. the excellent Canonet G III 19 measured 120x75s60mm and weighed 630 grams. At Photokina that year, MINOX stunned the industry with the 'MINOX 35'. Only 100x61x31mm and 200 grams. Retractible lens and superb image quality
Launched at Photokina in 1974, MINOX's entry into the 35mm compact camera market stunned the Japanese. The camera was updated in 1977 with film loading improvements from serial number.
EL = 'ELectronics'
An update to the EL, this model added a backlight exposure button of +2 stops. GL
Added Self timer 'GT'. Most popular model. Later versions extended the ASA range to 1600 from 800.