Minolta DiMAGE 2300

Announced Jun 24, 2000 •
2 megapixels | 1.8 screen | 38 mm
Jon Dew
 
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Owned and operated for 1 week. Initial problem (non-compatibility with windows xp) was overcome after a little investigation and experimentation. Minolta say no drivers for xp available - why?? Maybe no drivers are available.... but there is a workaround! After almost binning the camera, I managed to get it to download into MGI Photosuite. Now, my only previous digital camera experience was with an ageing Kodak mc3. Comparing the resulting image quality with this, I'd give the 2300 100% - ...

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I bought this camera on-line, and at first thought I had a good purchase. However, after using the camera for a while, its problems began to shine through. First, the camera is not Windows XP compatible. It is only compatible with ME, 98 or lower. There aren't drivers for it, don't bother looking. I ended up buying a CompactFlash reader--which I have decided was better in the long run anyway. Second, Minolta customer service for this product was terrible. I will never purchase a Minolta ...

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Edd Retrer
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I've used a lot of cameras (35mm,120mm and diigital) but this camera was the worst camera i've ever used. Bad AF, Bad exposure, and the poorest image quality i've ever seen on a 2.3Mpixels camera, okay for a 800kPixels webcam but not for a 2.3Mpixels camera. Problems: - exposure, AF, image quality, card reader, batteries consumption. ...

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Rob Mason
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Overall the 2300 was good value for money. I bought it for 215 GBP when most other 2.3 mega pixel cameras were > 300 GBP. You can see some of my photographs at http://bsdbox.homeunix.com. However, having used the camera for 18 months, I have become frustrated with a few minor design flaws. Firstly, the 2300 battery life is poor. I have resorted to using Nickel Hydride (Ni MH) rechargeable batterries - these give a few days frequent use (avoiding use of the LCD preview screen). I have also ...

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I have never really gotten this camera to work properly with the lcd screen on - after 15 seconds, the camera will shut down. Was able to take pics with the viewfinder and downloaded pics to pc with a card reader. Problems: Defective camera - according to Minolta, using the lcd should not shut the camera off... Hopefully, warranty service will fix this.

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joupin
 
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Windows XP and My Cam 2300 Problems: Its not working in windows xp ( Minolta Customer Support Said ) !!!!! But Finnaly I found the way , just follow this 1. Open the control panel from the Start menu 2. Select "Service and Maintanence", if you're in the cathegory view, then "Maintenance; or directly "Maintenance", if you're in the classic view. 3. Select "Services" 4. Scroll down the list, until you find a service, named "Windows Image Acquisition (WIA)". 5. Click with the right mouse button ...

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Shaun Arora
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The camera's great, but it takes too long to snap a picture. Also, I recommend getting a CompactFlash to USB hub, because it burns batteries otherwise.

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Loved it! I'm a novice-amateur photographer, but I've used it to take some tabletops without any lighting (except the sun)....that had the pros wondering if it really wasn't shot in a professional studio by a pro. There was magic in every pixel. Sure I wish it had a more powerful optical zoom and battery power that laster longer. But then I also wish I was Meg Ryan's toyboy for life! At the time I purchased it, it was very good value (for a 2.3M pixel) for the money I paid. But to be fair, ...

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This is an okay starter camera. I have found that it does take quality photos outdoors on a sunny day, but as for indoor photos, it's not that good unless you're near a window and get a lot of sun. When using the flash, all my photos tend to have a yellowish appearance, and without the flash, I get either a grainy or a blurred photo. It's pretty easy to figure it out if you don't read the directions, but the battery life is terrible, also I had problems uploading photos to a Windows ME ...

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Nice little camera for an amateur like me. Problems: Yeah updated to XP and Minolta are not very nice by not updating their products. Won't buy them again.

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