In 1962, Friendship 7 astronaut John Glenn, took the first human-shot, color still photographs of the Earth during his three orbit mission. He used a version* of this camera, modified by NASA for use in space.
* NASA used the Minolta made Ansco Autoset which is the same as the Hi-Matic.
The Hi-Matic released in 1962 was the first Minolta camera to feature automatic exposure using a built-in light meter. A major breakthrough at the time. The camera was well made with professional glass in the 45 mm f/2.8 lens. The camera gave photographers full control of the process and became known for active shooting. Allowing for successful photos in challenging settings.
Versions of the Hi-Matic were made until 1979. Then autofocus and single lens reflex designs had taken over.