Minolta XG-9

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Minolta XG-9

The Minolta XG line, made between 1977 and 1984, was a short-lived offering, set below the XD line and the SRT line, all sold simultaneously.  The XG models were aimed at the amateur market, getting in line with the electronic models by other camera makers. All models bear little differences, so unless you look into a specific model, any of the lot would do. Plenty are available in the used market for a little price, a true bargain for an able shooter.

The XG-9 on my desk is a compact, lightweight camera that belongs to the ‘read the manual first’ tribe. I thought it was dead till I delved deeper; see notes below.

The camera operates on aperture priority auto or manual exposure. Set to auto, a red dot on the scale at the viewer’s right will show the selected shutter speed, governed by the user’s aperture setting. Over/under exposure will show at the top/bottom LED at the scale.

The manual setting is awkward, as the meter does not engage when outside the Auto setting. To determine shutter/aperture values, set the dial to auto, read the values and then set the same manually.

Minolta XG models:

Year Japan US Europe Notes
1977 XG-E XG-7, XG-SE XG-2
1979 XG-9 XG-S XG-7 with DOF
1979 XG-1
1981 X-70 XG-M Manual measuring added
1982 X-7 XG-A Auto only

Good to know:

  • The shutter trigger needs a finger touch to activate. Using a glove or not fully touching the trigger with the ring around it will not fire.
  • The shutter speed dial enters A mode with a turn. To return to the manual setting, press the tiny button next to it.
  • The front red lens shines with battery check and self-timer.
  • Remote shutter release on the left of the lens barrel base.
  • Load batteries with the plus side out.
  • A red line in the tiny slot by the winder hub confirms that the film is properly loaded.
  • Shutter locks on overexposure.
  • For exposure compensation, set the ‘A’ mark to the desired compensation value.


List number 5519
Brand Minolta
Model XG-9
Manual Buktus
Pacific Rim Camera
Value camdex.ca
Format 35mm
Introduced 1979
Country Japan
Qty made
Initial price
Type Compact SLR
Body material Metal
Mode Auto, apaerture priority / manual
Weight 510 gr,  Body only
Class average weight 620 gr,  Body only
ASA range 25-1600
Kit lens 1,7/50
Lens make Rokkor
Filter size
Lens mount Minolta Bayonet
Mount size
Shutter Focal plane cloth horizontal, electronic
Shutter make
Light meter CdS, TTL
Winder Lever
Lock Yes
Speeds B, 1-1000
Mirror Auto return
Viewer Fixed eye level prism
DOF preview Yes
Exposure lock No
Exposure compensation Yes +/- 2 EV
Shoe Hot
External sync X
Sync speed 60
Timer Yes, electronic
Battery, original EPX·675
Battery, replacement
Battery voltage 3
Integral flash None
Other Power handle coupler
Service / repair links See camerlog.com
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