The Minolta Hi-Matic S was introduced in 1978 and was the first of the Hi-Matic line to include an integrated flash. The S also started a pivot by Minolta taking the Hi-Matic line from the 7SII at the high point and moving to lower quality zone focus cameras that finally end with the Hi-Matic GF.
The Hi-Matic S also came as the Hi-Matic SD that included a date imprint option. Focus is classic zone focus with Icons, feet and meters all shown on the lens. The flash pops up for use and everything runs off two AA batteries. The body is light but not especially small (actually larger than the 7SII and older Hi-Matics.
I like the S it took nice images and was simple to use. It reminded me of the Canon A35F from the same year. It was lighter than the Canon but larger over all in size.
To me the big ding on the S (and the line that followed) it the use of the Hi-Matic name. It is clearly a departure from the 7SII and earlier models. That said it preformed well and came to me at a nice price. I love the fact that it runs everything on AA batteries. If you find one or have one, put it to use; just don't expect the 7sII and you'll be fine.
Lens: fixed Minolta Rokkor 38mm 2.7
Film: FujiColor 100