Minolta DiMAGE 5

Announced Feb 11, 2001 •
3 megapixels | 1.8 screen | 35 – 250 mm (7.1×)
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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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NoZEM
 
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Hi DI 5 users, Whats up here? at http://www.pl.rec.foto.cyfrowa.info/modules/news/. I cant't read Polish but the threads are English. I find here new firmware for the DI 5 and Divu2.zip, i have tried the Divu2 utill and its working. I'am afraid to use the firmware, is this for real ? I know a lot people are complaining about their Di 5, so maybe this can help some people. I'am waiting for any answers. greetz NoZEM Problems: None for the moment

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The camera I have, seemed to be just perfect during the first couple of days. However eventually I got absolutely disappointed ! It's celebrated the fastest autofocus just doesn't work ! Let me clarify. It works just fine before you upset it. (it's enough to change the magnification) After this, don't trust it anymore ! It may even show you "white dot" your picture will be blurry ! The remedy is switching the poor thing off.. It's sooooo annoying... I went to local Jessops and checked another ...

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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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Robert George
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I bought the D5 at the beginning of Feb 2002 and have taken around 2000 photos with it. In terms of its features, my verdict is "Excellent." Unfortunately, trying to access many of these features quickly (as is very often required with photography) can be a bit daunting and frustrating. I have found that the construction of this beast is a little less than acceptable, with various knobs and dials coming slightly loose. The rubber grip around the lens now wanders on its own accord which is a ...

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Roger
 
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I loved this cam at first. Easy to use and easy to handle. Transfering the pictures to the pc works like a dream and pictures shot in daylight are close to perfect in the amateur cam segment. However.. and sadly.. the camera can not be used with autofocus in an ordinary livingroom at nights.. Red eyes are a big problem too in these conditions if the picture ever gets sharp enough to see the eyes. :) This is not a camera for the pro's. More like the keen amateur cam. But with the autofocus ...

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This is potentially a great Camera, but mine came with a short in the battery compartment and getting Minolta in Ramsey, NJ to respond to that was like moving Mount Shasta. Not fun. It cost me nearly two hundred dollars to "prove" the Camera was at fault. Then they did partially repaired it and returned it. I still can not leave batteries in it overnight or while enroute to a shoot, or they will have bled off. It's a shame, as it has great features and makes wonderfull images when it works. ...

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I just want to know, why is the Dimage-5 rated higher than the Dimage-7? Can someone give me an answer? Problems: I bought a Dimage-7, I don't know if I will keep it. I am considering the Cannon-D30

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This camera is best suited for the casual snapshooter (and there's nothing wrong with that), but several technical features make it unsuitable for capturing The Decisive Moment. So for now it's back to my old Canon 630.... Problems: Shutter lag, slow autofocus, and the EVF were a deal-breaker for me. These two features make the camera unsuitable for fast-moving, dynamic subjects (e.g. punk rock stage photography). Critical focusing is difficult, and depth of field very difficult to determine. ...

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Have not yet mastered the camera to get really crisp pictures even at the highest quality, the pictures that have focused correctly are outstanding even using a mid range printer. I recommend the Nimh batteries, they are a must. T Problems: Focusing as above, I sure this will come with practice, any suggestions please pass on to :- darren.flemming1:ntlworld.com

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