Hi-Matic AF2-M added a motor to the AF2 in 1982. Other than the ASA setting and the flash on/off, this is an automatic camera.
This is kind of the end of the line for the Hi-Matic name. The oldest Hi-Matic that I have is the wonderful Hi-Matic 7s. The AF2-M is almost as big but does not seem like a strait line between the two. The 7s is a substantial rangefinder and the AF2-M is an autofocus plastic point and shoot. In my opinion the Hi-Matic legacy would have been best served to end with the 7sII and live on in glory. But Minolta tried to milk the name in the mass market.
Other than not being equal to its older siblings, the AF2-M is a dead simple camera. Autofocus seemed to work well. Image quality was not amazing but for a point and shoot, not bad. The flash recharged quickly and gives you a green light, that is visible next to the viewfinder. One thing it could use is an on/off switch so it does not get fired accidentally. I love that it runs everything: flash, meter, motor, warning beeps and autofocus, all on 2 AA batteries. If you see one at the swap meet for cheap, give it a go but know it was never the peak of the Hi-Matic line. I would say it is a great junk bin rescue but would not sell the 7sII to fund it.
Lens: fixed Minolta Lens 38mm 2.8
Film: FujiColor Supera X-TRA 400