Minolta DiMAGE S414

Announced Feb 10, 2003 •
4 megapixels | 1.8 screen | 35 – 140 mm (4×)
XiPHiAS
 
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Found camera realy easy to use. In auto mode just point and click. I've now gone over to manual for my plane-spotting and use spot focus and apature priority and works realy well. When spotting I set EV to +0.3 and no problems with lighting. Also too pictures on my holiday in Hawaii and no problems there. Just when shooting into the sun I used an UV filter (also to protect lens from sand) and also played with pol flter. Overall, realy satified with the cam, but and DSLR is on the way. Cam is ...

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Problems: It is impossible for a french speaking canadien to obtain access to french informations on the Minolta site. As Minolta no longer supply technical informations regarding their products to resellers it become impossible to get those informations.

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Dan Kruz
 
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I don't understand why Milnolta digital cameras are not as popular as Canon. S414 seems be very compatitive with Canon S45. It costs a lot less. This camera can work as a simple point-n-shoot. It also has several manual modes. I mostly use Auto mode. I found no real reason to go with the manual mode most of the time. Controls are easy and well positioned. I don't like that the the lens opens for the review/playback mode. A minor annoyence. Also, like many people say here, yo have to be ...

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italiastar
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Has the previous reviewer fixed the strap correctly, I'm sure my strap could take my body weight! Re: Batteries I get very good performance out of 2000mah and 2200 mah so good I can't e3ven remember how many photos I get out of a set. I rarely use the screen though. Not so long ago we'd have to change the film after 36 - 38 shots! The simple solution is always carry 2 spare sets of batteries in a purpose built battery holder. Great camera, great performance, great price - My only regret - I ...

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Bought a week ago for £199 in the UK. Excellent value for money. I generally use aperture priority, spot focus and (mostly) 256 point metering and it does a good job for the outdoor / nature / gardening shots I take. Auto white balance seems a bit unreliable, especially in shade. Macro mode is quite effective - but a long way from true macro. Overall, I'm pleased with my first digital camera. I bought it to test the waters after many years using SLRs and it's a useful addition to my ...

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Brian Pfaff
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The S414 is my first digital camera. My girlfriend has a Canon EOS 300 SLR. Both are great camera's. Only problem is the short battery-time of the batteries included. So I bought a 4-pack 2100 mAh and I probably do much longer with these. Bought it just 2 days ago so have not figured everything out yet! Problems: There wasn't a 6V-adaptor (AC-2L) included. Don't know if I can use any other adaptor of the same voltage (6V Europe).

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frenel
 
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I had the camera for one day and I send it back ! I can only juge the "Construction" attrinute .... may be the other attributes are excellent ! Problems: Very hight power consumtion, after 20 to 30 shots the bateries are low and the device autoamticaly shut down ..... Where is the advantage of digital camera if any 30 shots you have to buy or charge new bateries ! My advice: do not buy this camera if you dont have a nuclear power generator in your pocket !

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Christher
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This is my first digital camera and I am very satisfied with the camera, It takes incredible photos and it's easy to use. Problems: No problems so far.

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psaulm119
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Camera takes INCREDIBLE photos. They are very sharp, even when enlarged by 2 or 3 times. If you are considering showing your photos as a slide-show on a TV, or blowing up your photos, this 4 MP camera is hard to beat. DiMage editing software is fairly easy to use. Got it at amazon.com with 4 nihm batteries, a Maxell recharger, and a 256 meg memory card for only $385. Problems: I have read that some have had problems with interior shots with the DiMage S400 and S414. I will experiment more ...

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Chris G B
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As a regular medium format and 35mm user, I thought I would try the S414 as a firts step into the world of digital cameras. The camera has surprised me with its image quality (full A4 prints are superb) ease of use and a useful degree of manual control. The longer than is usual X4 zoom is also useful and as a learner cam, it has provided me with plenty to get to grips with. Ergonomically, it is a bit small for my hands, but all the controls are well laid out and the menu systems intuitive. ...

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