Photography has been born about 150 years ago and if we are to think in these terms, autofocus in cameras becomes a pretty recent invention. When has it been added to SLRs and point-and-shoot cameras for the first time?
The first point-and-shoot camera, which was mass-produced and had autofocus system, was released back in 1977 by Konica. The model was named C35 AF.
And though the first SLRs with autofocus were Polaroid SX-70 Sonar OneStep and Pentax ME-F, launched in 1978 and 1981 repectively, the SLR camera with the intergrated AF system that most resembles that of modern DSLRs was Minolta Maxxum 7000 introduced in 1985. It had been fitted with a motorized film advance system, which became the industry's standard later on.
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