Minolta DiMAGE S404

Announced Jan 8, 2002 •
4 megapixels | 1.8 screen | 35 – 140 mm (4×)
Steve Bliek
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This was my first digital camera. It allowed me to take hundreds of high quality photo's, but at a high cost. Problems: This camera ate up batteries faster than I could buy them. It did the same with rechargable batteries. It was a true energy hog. This and the high cost of decent photo printers / software of the day caused me to shelve the idea of converting to digital photography for several years. Anyway, I now have a better set up and have gotten over my frustration with digital.

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Huyen Olson
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I own this S404 Minolta since August of last year and I have taken a lot of pictures of just about everything I could set my eyes on i.e. portraits, landscape, closeup shots of flowers and night shots. 95% of my pictures came out great the other 5% I would have to say the owner's errors. I am very happy with it. I also bought a 256 memory card from Lexar and they included a card reader. So I am all set and no need for any fancy program. Have tried to take some shots of the fireworks but ...

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nice complement for my canon eos 10d...

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A. McCrea
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I have some negative comments as well as some positive. Negative: I have a very difficult time getting a good flash photo. Any time the camera uses the flash indoors, the photo is washed out. I may take 10 photos in a row and I am lucky to get one which is a keeper. Indeed, I even returned my camera to the manufacturer for evaluation and adjusting for the flash response. It came back with the same results in the photos. Perhaps there is a trick in obtaining a good flash, feel free to tell me.

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Owned that camera for about 10 months now. I think battery consumption is not so bad as other reviewers claim, usually a 1800mah battery set lasts for a 3-4 hours session of ~100 photos. Problems: 1) The camera is rather bulky compared to the majority of other digital cameras, particularly Sony's. After carrying it around for 4 months during a trip to the far east, i'd retroactively go for a smaller one that would fit in a pocket. 2) Auto-focus is aweful and slow. There are more than ...

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SDJeff
 
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I've had the S404 for about a 10 months and I am pleased with these camera. I bought it for the 4mp and 4x zoom. About 95% of the photos that I take are outdoors. I only use the manual mode because the Autofocus sometimes misses and the factory settings produce too white of a picture. The AF is slow, which is not good for action shots. Overall, it's a good camera for the price. I have taken over 2000 photos with the camera. I recently ordered the Dimage 7i. Problems: Problems with Manual ...

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philpoe
 
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The camera is an amazing value for the money. Astounding feature set for the price, using readily available AA batteries and CF cards. Picture quality is excellent. Problems: The camera turns on easily upon insertion into the bag, so I insert the wheel end first, so that brushing it tends to turn it in the "off" direction. There seems to be a focusing problem, as the review stated, which has been improved on the s414. "normal" color space implemented on the s414. Hmmm, I may upgrade to the ...

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kevinma198
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I only can say this is an excellent camera. I bought this camera six months ago. I haven't encountered any problems what so ever. Love all the features. This camera will be all we need for several years. The quality of the image is just as good. Problems: none

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Just like the main review, love the whole camera, easy to work with, solid but light. Photographs captured with this are very, very stunning. Macro is amazing, rivaled only by my father's new Nikon 4500. Problems: Focusing can be solved by selected which of the five auto-focus squares to lock onto, or using manual then switching to auto focus. Also, be sure to have eight 2100mAh NiMH batteries, love mine, last like 500 shots (hrm, but that was with no flash, well, about 5% with flash.) But I ...

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I have had the S-404 since 7/02 and used it extensively. Love it except for one thing.....the auto focus is very error prone especially when using longer focal length settings of the zoom lens. I have contacted Minolta about this and got zero help and zero suggestions. I do not understand the hullabaloo about battery consumption. I shoot all day on one set of Nickle/metal/hydride batteries, sometimes two days. My charger brings them back in less than an hour. I carry two spare sets with ...

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