Minolta DiMAGE S414

Announced Feb 10, 2003 •
4 megapixels | 1.8 screen | 35 – 140 mm (4×)
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For $300 this camera is an excellent digital camera. It is easy to use and gives great results. There are no bugs that I have seen and the speed of taking a photo is great compared to alot of other digital cameras I have used. I use 1950mh NIMH batteries and a 256mb flash card and I get great results. The video capture is great and simple to use and the sound effects are cute. Problems: No problems encountered yet.

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Larry
 
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I can't trust this camera. 30% of the indoor photos I take are out of focus even though the in-focus lights tell me everything is OK. The camera gets hot when it is on for 45 minutes or longer. I have taken 30000 photos with my Nikon 990 before it went dead. I am taking this camera back and getting something I can trust Problems: The first day I had the camera, the flashcard which came with the camera, heated up so hot, it buzzed(the flash card made noise) and gave me wavey lines on the ...

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I have the camera for one month now. I've made about 1000 pictures with it and this is what I can tell: It's a good camera, especially if you look at the price. I like very much the buffer implementation, you can shoot and shoot without waiting. Also I like that the lens are threaded, so one can use protection filters all the time (it's a very good idea). It's a nice thing that you can review the photos in shooting mode, without switching to play, and when you press the shuter it instantly ...

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Barry Denny
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I have been waiting for a min 3 megapixel camera with decent battery life, good reviews and ease of use. The price also had to be right. I took the plunge with the 414 which is my first digital experience. After about one months use I am delighted. You need the best Nimh rechargeables - I have Ansmann 2200 batteries. The camera takes four and they last well until you start viewing movie clips or downloading to the computer. A CF card reader or mains adapter is desirable. I have the former ...

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I have this camera now for one week and I'm very happy using it. One first round of about 50 pictures (in-house, city, mountain scenary) gave good results and good colors; only a couple out of focus. Mostly using the Automatic Mode with Special Portrait, Macro oder Landscape Mode. I selected this camera because of the 4x zoom plus direct filter mounting posibility. It is cheaper but slightly heavier as the Nikon Coolpix 4300 which was my alternative. Problems: The camera can be very easy ...

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Leanid
 
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Returned it within a day. Based on review from this forum and some other sites I desided to save some money and buy this camera. How wrong I was. Read the problems I had. Next day I replaced it to Canon G3 (400$Can more), but after using two cameras within two days, I would say you can not even compare them. Canon is better in every detail and feature. Problems: The major problem: after shooting about 100 pics and downloading it on PC, I found that pics from 60 to 70 have white or red or blue ...

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Have come up with solution to tripod mount - which is the only major flaw with this otherwise great little camera. I have made a mounting bracket out of wood which bolts onto a standard tripod quick-release mount, and then screws into the awkwardly placed mounting pin on the camera. Because the wooden mount provides a good surface area of contact and the tripod now is at the centre of gravity of the camera it makes the whole set up fairly stable. I will hopefully find time to post details of ...

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Gregmoff
 
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Camera took a bit of getting used to loads of features, quick and easy to use once mastered. Downloading to PC very easy, it creates a plug in drive when connected easy to find and use on PC. We have been quite shocked in the quality of the pics. Took a whiile to decide which one to get, not disspaointed Problems: Not that many really. Batteries supplied drain very quick on setup. Recommend rechargeables. Power supply £45, best to buy compatable £20. Maybe the on/off dial could be locked to ...

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I love the camera. Me and my wife have no problems using it. It works just as well as a point and shoot as it does for more advanced photographers. It was a little bigger than I expected. Well maybe not bigger, but compared to other cameras outthere, this one feels like an SUV. I love the 4MP and 4X zoom. I like the movie mode, although I'd prefer it to be an MPEG with VGA recording mode and time limited to the space on the CF card (like the Sony cameras are) but at this price you can't ...

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Chris1 C.
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I have been using an Olympus Camedia 3.3 Mpxl camera for a little over a year and decided to upgrade to a 4.0 Mpxl. The Minolta s414 was without a doubt the right decision. I paid $390 (but I got the sales guy to through in a 256 memory card for free). Extremely versitile and reasonably priced, I would highly recommend it to most all levels of digital photographer. The first week I took over 200 photos and there is most certainly a difference from 3.3 to 4.0 Mpxl. I agree that the software is ...

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