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Minolta DiMAGE 5 Review

September 2001 | By Phil Askey

Review based on a production DiMAGE 5, firmware A2 v055u

We first heard of the two new Minolta DiMAGE 5 and 7 digital cameras at PMA on 11th February this year (although there had been leaked information earlier). Both cameras are based on the same functionality, body and 7x optical zoom lens, the DiMAGE 5 has a 3.3 megapixel CCD and 32 - 250 mm equiv. focal length range, the DiMAGE 7 a 5.2 megapixel CCD with a 28 - 200 mm equiv. focal length range.

Much of this operational / design part of this review is simply reproduced from the DiMAGE 7 review because the two cameras (in this respect) are virtually identical.

DiMAGE 5 compared to DiMAGE 7

Here's a quick breakdown of the DIFFERENCES between the DiMAGE 5 and 7 (you'll find full specifications for the DiMAGE 5 on the next page):

Minolta DiMAGE 5

Minolta DiMAGE 7
Street Price   US: $900
UK: £799
US: $1500
UK: £999
Expected Availability   August 2001 June 2001
CCD pixels Click for help 3.3 megapixels 5.24 megapixels
CCD effective output Click for help 3.14 megapixels 4.92 megapixels
CCD size** Click for help 1/1.8" 2/3"
CCD Colour Filter Array Click for help G - R - G - B G - R - G - B
Max resolution   2048 x 1536 2560 x 1920
Zoom wide (W) Click for help 35 mm 28 mm
Zoom tele (T) Click for help 250 mm (7x) 200 mm (7x)
Metering Click for help • 256 Segment Metering
• Center-Weighted Average
• Spot

• 300 Segment Metering
• Center-Weighted Average
• Spot

If you're new to digital photography you may wish to read the Digital Photography Glossary before diving into this review (it may help you understand some of the terms used).

Conclusion / Recommendation / Ratings are based on the opinion of the reviewer, you should read the ENTIRE review before coming to your own conclusions.

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This review is Copyright 2001 Phil Askey and the review in part or in whole may NOT be reproduced in any electronic or printed medium without prior permission from the author. For information on reproducing any part of this review (or any images) please contact: Phil Askey.

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