Minolta DiMAGE G400

Announced Oct 14, 2003 •
4 megapixels | 1.5 screen | 34 – 101 mm (3×)
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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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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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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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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Fritte
 
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good picture quality. fast starup time. very small, you can always bring it in your pocket. Problems: in low light condition it has hard to autofokus. but it seems to fokus anyway. The flash flashes different, sometimes it doesn't flash at all. My camera is now on service, and I really hope Minolta finds the problem. Wonder if anyone else have had the same problem?

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steve4878
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Hi, I have looked at this camera physicially and am undecided whether to buy. Do any of you that own the Dimage g-400 miss not being able to use a polaring filter since the lens is not threaded for one.

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harry
 
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I was looking for a pocket size camera that takes good interior pictures, is lightweight, fast, fits in a pocket, well constructed, has some optical zoom, and also can record a voice memo to each picture (a must feature for me). I went to a shop & looked at Canon S400 & SD100, Pentax S4, Minolta G500, and the G400 & decided to buy the G400. This camera fits all the qualifications mentioned above. It takes very good pictures both indoors & outdoors. However, it doesn't seem to lock focus ...

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Igor Hubner
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I bought this nice camera last month and I very satisfied by picture quality and construction(I own also a sony dcs-707). The AF is really fast despite of low light situations. But if you use some subject programs(like snapshot) it focuses quite good. The manual focus facility also helps. I interested in pocket sized camera with robust body and manual control over exposition. Now my G400 lives in my pocket and I happy with the results.

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