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Minolta Camera Serial Number Lookup

How to Find Out the Year of Manufacture of Your Minolta Camera

If you are a proud owner of a Minolta camera, you might be curious about when it was made. Knowing the year of manufacture can help you estimate the value, history, and performance of your camera. Fortunately, there is a simple way to decode the serial number of your Minolta camera and find out the year of manufacture.

What is a Minolta Camera Serial Number?

A Minolta camera serial number is a unique identifier that is stamped on the body or the lens of your camera. It usually consists of seven digits, but some models may have more or less digits. The serial number can be found on the bottom, the back, or the side of your camera, depending on the model.


How to Decode a Minolta Camera Serial Number?

The serial number of a Minolta camera contains some information about the factory, the year, and the production sequence of your camera. Here is how to decode it:

  • The first two digits indicate the factory code. Different factories have different codes, such as 01 for Osaka, 02 for Sakai, 92 for Malaysia, etc.

  • The third digit indicates the year of manufacture. The year is calculated by adding the digit to 1980 for cameras made before 1990, or to 1990 for cameras made after 1990. For example, if the third digit is 4, then the year is either 1984 or 1994.

  • The remaining digits indicate the production sequence. This is the number of cameras produced in that factory and year. For example, if the remaining digits are 12345, then your camera is the 12,345th camera produced in that factory and year.

Example: How to Date a Minolta AF Lens or Body

Let's take an example of a Minolta AF lens or body with the serial number 02123456. Here is how to date it:

  • The first two digits are 02, which means the lens or body was made in Sakai factory.

  • The third digit is 1, which means the lens or body was made in either 1981 or 1991. To determine which one, you can look at other features of your lens or body, such as the model name, the design, or the compatibility with other cameras.

  • The remaining digits are 23456, which means your lens or body is the 23,456th lens or body produced in Sakai factory in that year.

You can watch this video for more details and examples on how to date a Minolta AF lens or body.

Why Should You Care About the Year of Manufacture of Your Minolta Camera?

Knowing the year of manufacture of your Minolta camera can have several benefits:

  • You can appreciate the history and legacy of your camera. Minolta was one of the leading camera manufacturers in the world for over seven decades, and produced many innovative and influential models. You can learn more about the history of Minolta cameras here.

  • You can estimate the value and rarity of your camera. Some Minolta cameras are more sought-after and collectible than others, depending on their age, condition, features, and popularity. You can check online marketplaces or forums to see how much your camera is worth.

  • You can assess the performance and reliability of your camera. Older cameras may have more wear and tear, but they may also have more character and charm. Newer cameras may have more advanced technology and functionality, but they may also have more compatibility issues or bugs. You can read online reviews or user manuals to see how well your camera performs.

  • You can register your camera online for warranty purposes. If you bought a new Minolta camera product, you can register it online here to protect your purchase and get warranty servicing if needed.


In this article, we showed you how to find out the year of manufacture of your Minolta camera by decoding its serial number. We hope this article was helpful and informative for you. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to leave them below. Happy shooting!


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