Minolta DiMAGE G400

Announced Oct 14, 2003 •
4 megapixels | 1.5 screen | 34 – 101 mm (3×)
williamm
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I loved this camera once I figured out the tricky menus- I also liked the dual cards. Snap-shot images turned out great. The battery meter went from full to empty in only a couple of photos, a bit annoying. Unfortunately it tried to open in my pocket, and the cheap plastic motor gear for the lens stripped. This was 1 year & 1 month after purchase, so good-bye camera! Guess I'll be getting one without a protruding lens.

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wendia
 
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A very good compact digital camera. I always bring it everywhere. Problems: The only problem is that so hard to take close up picture with this camera. The result sometimes blur.

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SamK2
 
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This tiny camera is the best value in sub-compact cameras. Image quality is excellent, with very accurate colors and good focussing and exposure. Best of all is that it offers full manual control to those who want it, unlike the Canon S400 and other similar models. I had an S400, but sold it because I was so irritated by the fact that it wouldn't even tell me what shutter speed it was using. The Minolta is as small as the Canon, is much faster at starting up and has less shutter lag, ...

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neilslade
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Detailed analysis and testing with photos here http://www.neilslade.com/Papers/details.html (non-commercial web page, no paid advertising) This camera appears to provide the best imaging of any camera I've tested at under $500, a real surprise. See my detailed analysis and comparison on my non-commercial web page devoted to comparing this and other G series Minolta cameras with the rest of the market- including sony T1, W1, Canons and others, which simply are not as good. The sharpness and ...

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4.5 for construction -> nice metal body, feels solid 2 for features -> just a point and shoot "toy" 3 for image quality -> bad focus, bad exposure 4 for easy of use -> just burn the manual 4 for value for money -> a pice of junk, but costs almost nothing. Problems: Bad focus in bright and dark environments bad exposure in bright and dark environments. it work fine, only in optimal light.

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skshrews
 
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I was looking for a compact camera I could carry anywhere. I consdiered the canon s400 series, olympus d series, casio e series. Price, speed, size, and MS/SD format convinced me to go with the g400. I used this in Europe for 2 weks, without problems. I carried 1 extra battery that I used to take nearly 350 pictures under all conditions, including video. The low light AF is an issue, but I think this is a problem for any compact camera. Light is light, and if there's not enough falling on ...

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handy_guy
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I have owned this camera for a couple months now, and the problems I have had, have all been reported here earlier. But don't hold your breath for Konica to fix them. Auto focus is below average to poor - and if you can't count on a focused shot, you may as well give up. Macro is especially bad, you can sit re-aiming at your subject, refocussing, and never get a lock on your subject. Medium distance landscape shots are also often out of focus. Exposure is constanly over-exposed, but that can ...

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Great all around camera. Problems: MUCHO studying to operate camera. Can be used easily but can go indepth with functions till it gives you a headache. To operate it beyond auto will cost you two aspirins. Also very important !!!! This pocket camera is not to be put in your pocket. The front gaurd can open up and the lens with auto eject while in your pants pocket. Then your pants will auto mash the lens back in your camera and you will have to auto send the camera off for auto repairs.

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Monchitorl
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Pros: - Very fast start up. - Very tiny camera for a full manual capability one - Good lenses which produce sharp images - Very good price for a 4 Mp full manual camera - Advisable camera due to price/quality rate Problems: Cons: - The menu is non intuitive at all. The advantage of the very fast start up is cancel up when you try to modify some parameters. - The AF works bad in low light conditions (no scene illuminator light) and sometimes is difficult to focus since there is not display the ...

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westcat
 
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Overall I think this camera takes really nice pictures, the color is excellent and the exposures accurate. The sharpness is very good for this size camera, expcept I noticed at f/2.8 it's a little softer than other apertures, once you zoom it a little or stop it down it sharpens up. It has fast startup and autofocus and has a lot of manual controls which really come in handy when you need them. I generally use it in Program mode, which is the same as auto except you get the exposure info, ...

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