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Konica Minolta DiMage G500 4 to 5 Megapixel
Product DescriptionA stylish and versatile companion, packing high-quality 5 megapixel images and powerful imaging controls in an elegant compact metal body.
Submitted by Ronnoco a Expert
Date Reviewed: March 16, 2004
Strengths: Small size. Multitude of manual options and over-rides to automatic functions. Sharp pictures with good colour.
Weaknesses: Lack of a printed manual since it is on a CD, screen should have an off switch which keeps it off until you push the on button. In very bright sunlight, the screen is not very viewable and is just a waste of battery power.
The Minolta G500 combines small size with flexible manual settings as well as auto. It has worked in -35 degree temperatures with minimal flare, shooting toward the sun and shooting basketball action without flash in a gym.
The advantage to the cover as an on/off switch is that is next to impossible to turn it on accidently or leave it on. Semi depressing the shutter to lock focus or to pre-focus in a certain area reduces the shutter lag which at .1 sec. is fairly fast anyway. At ISO 400 and f. 2.8 which can be set manually, it is possible to get some excellent interior shots without flash. Colour balance can lean toward yellow in some building indoor lighting but it can be compensated for in the camera or using software. Depth of field and macro give the photographer even more creative possibilities. I was also impressed by the fact that it was possible to blow up a photo and read print very clearly in the distance.
Price Paid: $497.00
Purchased At: Downtown Camera Toro
Similar Products Used: Sony and Canon with fewer megapixels.
Submitted by bazooka a Casual
Date Reviewed: February 16, 2004
Strengths: Build, Picture quality, size and price.
Weaknesses: Needs a fast memory card at or will have not work. (Forget Sandisk at 256mb or more). Obsolete Movie mode. Plastic bottom.
Comparable to the Sony T1 and the Canon S500 which are both more expensive. Sony is the smallest and the fastest but the Memory Stick exclusivity and price turned me away. The Canon uses Compact Flash but is amazingly smaller. The S500 (or S400 at 4megp) also has a slightly better build and better menus. Overall picture quality on all three is great. The Sony has a weaker Flash. The movie mode is weak on the G500. G500 wins for its low price.
Price Paid: $299.00
Purchased At: BuyDig
Similar Products Used: Canon S400, Sony T1
Submitted by jameswinslow a Beginner
Date Reviewed: February 5, 2004
Very impressed with the quality of the photos and the ease of the operation.
Price Paid: $399.00
Purchased At: Adray Appliance
Submitted by arm22 a Beginner
Date Reviewed: January 12, 2004
Strengths: Hard and sleek frame. Ergo-friendly and fast as lightning.
Weaknesses: Needs a little more zoom.
Just wanted to comment that there is an on button. The play button on the back is the on button. Hold the button down for 2 sec. and it turns on or off.
Price Paid: $350.00
Purchased At: the edge
Similar Products Used: First one
Submitted by atlantagreg a Intermediate from Atlanta, GA. USA
Date Reviewed: October 31, 2003
Strengths: Overall good build. Very good picture quality. Nice range of features and resolution for the price. Ability to use two memory card formats.
Weaknesses: Uses proprietary battery. Tripod mount on one side of the bottom and not centered. Sliding lens cover is also the "on" switch ( I like a separate on/off button.. not as easy to break ). Manual controls are buried in the menus.
For $399 it's going to be very hard to find a nearly pocket sized metal 5 megapixel camera. As a matter of fact, you really can't unless you include a new one Gateway just came out with, and the pic quality is nowhere near as good as the Minolta. The G500 gives you a 3X zoom lens, ability to make 640x480 email copies of pics in-camera, and will accept two card formats - secure digital OR memory stick (or both at the same time). The metal body is solid, small, and the photos have an excellent color and contrast range. Images are as good as some full-sized 5 megapixel cameras I've seen. The proprietary battery lasts for around 75 shots if you use the LCD, and costs $39 on ebay (average). There is a movie clip mode but it's standard at 320x240 pixels in size. This is not meant to be a professional's camera, but it's one heck of a point and shoot. Prints up to 8x10 look great. Will make an excellent holiday gift.
Price Paid: $399.00
Purchased At: Dell
Similar Products Used: Variety of digicams from a cheap pen cam to a Canon 10D digital SLR.
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