Minolta DiMAGE 5

Announced Feb 11, 2001 •
3 megapixels | 1.8 screen | 35 – 250 mm (7.1×)
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I got it relatively cheap. Heret is Europe. This is not a camera which is so easy to take a shot. But you can get very special effects of your picture if you know how to control all the functions. I regard it as semi-professional D-camera. I found that whenever it is not very dark, do not use flashlight. Flash light give nore background noise on the picture. Problems: Auto-Focusing. Not only in the dark, but also when the object is too close. But I like manual control.

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Bought this camera from dabs.com for £492 about 5 days ago. Great deal for a great camera. The zoom lens is incredible, 7x optical and an additional 2x digital (if you need it). Got some 1600 mAH NiMh batteries included with it - they are not bad at all but have ordered some 1800's. Might as well throw away the 16Mb card, since I bought the 128Mb one I will likely never use it (except in emergencies!) Very good camera, relatively easy to use (this is my first digital camera so I have no ...

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got mine £521 at QED. Essential use card reader when downloading(cheap). NiMh batteries essential and lots of pockets to keep em in, wouldn't go out with less than 3 sets. 128 Mb flashcard was first accessory purchase (£79.66 PC World). Media - consider 512Mb card or IBM microdrive. Lots of accessories on the Minolta Site- i.e Lithium Ion battery pack. Problems: Long time to power up and select the various settings to get your shot. 16mb card supplied useless,and consigned to standby only ...

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Mark Justice
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I am mostly pleased with it. (See below). I have had some great quality prints. It does take a while to get used to. Problems: I seem to have problems focusing in low-light situations. Should I send it back to Minolta to have them check it out, or is this normal for Digital? I also have given up taking good sports photography. (Yes, I've tried using the Manual focus).

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Ferenc MOGOR
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Just got it 2 days ago and its fantastic!!!

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I love this camera. The photographs are great. As a photo/journalist I needed a camera like this that would act like an SLR but wouldn't break the budget. I especially adore the macro aspect. I have taken a lot of flowers with this feature and the pictures are better than on my Nilkon SLR. The published results look just like photos from my SLR but are instant. Problems: Kodak & Digicards wouldn't fit into my camera. Verbatim finally went in and so I will stick to it as the results have been ...

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Bought two weeks ago taking the decission after check all the market. I needed a Digital camera but didn´t want to loose all the attractive of tradictional/chemist cameras. Found D5 at 850 Eur. Excellent features and performance, specially if you work in a traditional way (Manual controlled), selecting ISO, AE or S, manual focus through viewfinder (the LCD displays, absolutelly excellent, drains batteries fast... even changing brilliance in the SetUp menú..). Seems to be a real virtual SLR ...

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I just bought this camera on a cruise I went on. I bought it on a tax-free island, so I got the camera, a carrying case(worth $50), and the 256 flash card(worth $150) for $700 dollars. I love the camera, it is real easy to use and takes excellent pics. Problems: Only problems I have is the autofocus doesn't always focus right and my rechargeable batteries that came with the camera had to be sent back to Minolta because they would not hold a charge, 3 pics and it would die after 24 hours of ...

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Spencer Bomar
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I bought on of these and used it for 14 frames and it froze. Simple stuff too. I sent it back and received a new one. I used the 2nd one for about 10 days and no problem. Wrote it off that the 1st one was a problem camera. I then ordered 3 more for a total of 4. This weekend another one froze as well and I experienced problems with another one. The images remaining counter on the LCD would mysteriously disappear and the camera would not fire unless it was turned off and back on again. Both ...

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previous owner of a SONY DSC-S70, I find the image quality very amazing when I compare what I do with it and what I have done with the SONY. Very quick to learn, the system seems to be very well done. I had some problems with the night shots (blured img) that I worked around using the "spot" metering (more accurate in case of poor light). Problems of "case getting hot" disappeard when I used 1800 mA NiMh cells (DI5 is a BIG electricity consumer, 1300 mA seems not sufficent to face current ...

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