Minolta was a Japanese company that produced cameras from 1929 until 2003, when it merged with Konica. In 2006, Konica Minolta exited the camera and film business. In 2017, the trademark was purchased by Elite Brands (EBI), which now sells cameras under this brand name.
As presented by the current owner of the Minolta trademark, Elite Brands, Minolta is "perhaps best known for making the first integrated autofocus 35mm SLR camera system."
For more on the history of the brand and past cameras as well as current cameras that use the Minolta brand name, these resources may also be useful: