Minolta DiMAGE 5

Announced Feb 11, 2001 •
3 megapixels | 1.8 screen | 35 – 250 mm (7.1×)
Paul Dudley
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Fell in love with it for the feel of it - like a real SLR - when I saw it in Sydney suburb camera shop, but bought it via internet from Beach Camera, much cheaper than Australian price. Have taken it on two overseas trips and the pictures are great. Now I want the A1. Problems: Battery life is a problem, even with a spare set and access to a charger every night. AF can't be relied on, and if you switch to MF, it goes back to close-up - you can't simply "fine tune" the focus. Resolution ...

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I chose this camera because of its SL- like design and overall versatility. That paid off with lots of good photos until I started having problems (below) which result in my bottom of the scale value rating. I don't find battery life too much of an issue. I have 6 sets and have gone on 2 week vacations and taken hundreds of (outdoor) photos without a recharge. Problems: After I had the camera for about 5 months the zoom control ring worked loose. I brough it to an authorized repair center, ...

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JohnF327
 
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Overall this is a great digital camera. But, like all digital cameras, it has its share of pros and cons. I got one when it first came out for around $700US (replaced a Nikon Coolpix 990). The 990 is also a great camera, but I couldn't resist the 5's GREAT zoom and SLR-style controls. Using menus to change settings (which most all consumer digicams do) is a pain compared to turning a dial or two on this camera. I also prefer the zoom collar to the zoom buttons on most digicams. It's much ...

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Peter Tinmouth
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This was my first digital camera but have had a Canon SLR for a couple of years, and now althought my SLR will give a better quality picture I like the way i can see what i have shot instantly. It has all the same features as my SLR, although I do wish there was a greater range of apature, shutter speed and ISO settings. All in all though for under £400 I cannot complain, I would say this is half the camera a digital SLR is but at well under half the price. I can see as my skills develop ...

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Hansplast26
 
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I have bought this camera to get rid of taking lots of films with me during the holidays. I have made a journey through Morocco, where I could test this camera in many circumstances. The daily use with this camera is great, overall the picture seemed to be better than conventional SLR camera's from the other people on the journey. Above 50 degrees centigrate (desert) the camera can go crazy (happened once, which was not a funny experience). The most great is the small zoom lens with big zoom ...

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V6Goose
 
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This is a great little camera, and performs well once the user has familiarised himself with the controls. Dont treat it as a digital equivalent to your film SLR, learn it from scratch and you will be rewarded for your efforts. Minor gripes as below... But im one happy user! Problems: Strap rings obstructing flash card door... Removed. Rubber focus ring slides on lens barrel... Glued. Terrible focus and low light performance... Returned, recalibrated, and now performs magnificently.

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A K
 
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Don't get near it! The camera has real difficulties focusing, The optics looks good but gives poor performance in low light conditions, I sold it after 1 month, just couldn't work with it. As I said, stay away!!! Problems: Major focus issues Bad low light performance

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namvet
 
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After reading mostly positive reviews about this camera and considering I had some minolta accessories that would work with the camera I bought one for $500. While there are some focusing problems with this camera, in that price range there is nothing else that offers the zoom range and features that this camera has. Power comsumption is not a problem when using high power NiMH batteries and limiting use of LCD screen. Manual zoom is a plus as is the silky smooth manual focus ring. the 49mm ...

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Stratty 63
 
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I purchased the 5 back in Feb of this year.I found it to be a great little camera and I stress the word little.I didn't care for the size and I had a lot of problems keeping a charge in the batteries . I was lucky to get 20 photos in jpeg and the batteries were dead. Problems: battery problems.Unit was sent back to minolta to see what the problem was with holding a charge.The Minolta Techs returned the camera with no explanatrion. I sold the camera to the Dealer I bought it from and ...

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John Cui
 
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I've been using the D5 for 6 months and I think its the better ones I've tried feature-wise. Having easy access to the manual settings is a great idea and saves a lot of time. I've used my friends sony and running through all the menus just to manual focus or shut off flash was a nightmare. Prior to getting the D5, I had a Pentax K1000 SLR camera but developing and scanning the images for use on the pc was daugnting. After seeing the manual capabilities of the D5 and the price I got it for ...

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