Simplified version of the XE-7, main differences: shutter speed info not visible in VF, no multi-exp. provision, no film-wind indicator, X sync only. Beginning of a new era of electronic cameras for Minolta, the XE-7 and XE-5 incorporate the new electronically controlled Copal-Leitz six blade vertical moving shutter.
Manual and aperture priority AE metering, center weighted averaging metering pattern, needle meter display.
Hot shoe and PC sync terminal.
Shutter speed range: 4 sec to 1/1000 (stepless in AE mode) plus B and X flash sync at 1/90 (B & X operate mechanically).
ASA range 12-3200
Recommended flash: 280, 450, 22, 28, 32.