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Konica Minolta DiMage G500 4 to 5 Megapixel

4.67/5 (6 Reviews)

  • Image Sensor TypeCCD
    Resolution5.36 Megapixel
    Optical Zoom3x
    Camera TypeCompact
    Interchangeable LensNot Interchangeable Lenses
    35mm Zoom Lens39 - 117 mm
    Digital Zoom3x
    Focus TypeAutofocus
    Focus Range19.2 in. to Infinity (w) / 31.2 in. to Infinity (t)
    Macro Focus Range2.4 - 19.2 in. (w) / 19.7 - 31.2 in. (t)
    Focal Length8 - 24 mm
    Camera Resolution5.36 Megapixel
    Image Resolutions640 x 480 • 2592 x 1944 • 2048 x 1536 • 1600 x 1200
    Video Resolutions320 x 240 (QVGA)
    Video Speed15 fps
    Max Movie Length30 Seconds
    Video FormatAVI
    Aperture Rangef2.8/f4.9 (w/t)
    Shutter Speed1 - 1/2000 sec
    White BalanceAuto • Daylight / Sunny (Preset) • Cloudy (Preset) • Fluorescent (Preset) • Tungsten (Preset)
    Memory TypeMemory Stick
    Built-in Memory Size2 MB
    Compression ModesFine • Normal
    Compression TypeJPEG
    File Size (High Res.)2.67 MB (48 images on 128MB card)
    File Size (Low Res.)0.11 MB (about 1,164 images on 128MB card)
    ISO SpeedsAuto • 50 • 100 • 200 • 400
    Flash TypeBuilt-In
    Flash FunctionsFlash Off • Auto Flash • Fill-in Flash • Red-eye Reduction Flash • Slow Sync
    ViewfinderOptical (Through-the-lens)
    LCD PanelWith LCD Panel
    LCD Panel Size1.5 in.
    LCD Screen Resolution117,000 pixels
    LCD Protected PositionWithout LCD Protected Position
    Interface TypeUSB
    Battery TypeProprietary Lithium
    Battery Life100 Images
    Self Timer10 Sec. • 3 Sec.
    Mp3 Built In
    Built-in MicrophoneWith Built-in Microphone
    Built-in SpeakerWith Built-in Speaker
    Tripod MountWith Tripod Mount
    Operating SystemApple Mac OS 9 • Apple Mac OS X • Microsoft Windows 2000 • Microsoft Windows 98 • Microsoft Windows 98SE • Microsoft Windows ME • Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition • Microsoft Windows XP Professional
    Width3.7 in.
    Depth1.16 in.
    Height2.2 in.
    Weight0.44 lb.
    Warranty1 Year
    Included AccessoriesSoftware • USB Cable • Hand Strap • 16 MB Memory Card • Lithium Battery • Battery Charger
    Product ID21050527

Product Description

A stylish and versatile companion, packing high-quality 5 megapixel images and powerful imaging controls in an elegant compact metal body.
  • Sensor: 5 megapixel CCD
  • Max resolution: 2592 x 1944 pixels
  • Lens: AF f/2.8-4.9 8-24mm (35mm equiv: 39-117mm) w. 3x digital zoom, macro mode, and focus lock
  • Sensitivity: Auto, ISO 50, 100, 200, 400
  • Exposure: Programmed AE, w. exposure lock and exposure compensation
  • File format: JPEG
  • Movie mode
  • Storage media: SD/MMC memory cards, Memory Stick, 2 MB internal memory
  • USB 1.1 interface

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    User Reviews

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    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.

    Bottom Line:   
    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.

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    Price Paid:    $497.00

    Purchased At:   Downtown Camera Toro

    Similar Products Used:   Sony and Canon with fewer megapixels.

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    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.

    Bottom Line:   
    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.

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    Price Paid:    $299.00

    Purchased At:   BuyDig

    Similar Products Used:   Canon S400, Sony T1

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by jameswinslow a Beginner

    Date Reviewed: February 5, 2004

    Bottom Line:   
    Very impressed with the quality of the photos and the ease of the operation.

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    Price Paid:    $399.00

    Purchased At:   Adray Appliance

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    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.

    Bottom Line:   
    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.

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    Price Paid:    $350.00

    Purchased At:   the edge

    Similar Products Used:   First one

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:4
    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.

    Bottom Line:   
    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.

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    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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