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Minolta DiMAGE S404 Specifications


Street Price   US: $499
UK: £450
Body Material   Aluminium
CCD pixels Click for help 4.1 megapixels
CCD effective output Click for help 3.9 megapixels
CCD size** Click for help 1/1.8"
CCD Colour Filter Array Click for help G - R - G - B
A/D Converter   12 bits
Max resolution   2272 x 1740
Lower resolutions   • 1600 x 1200
• 1280 x 960
• 640 x 480
Image ratio w:h   4:3
Image formats Click for help • TIFF
• JPEG (EXIF)
Quality Levels   • Super-Fine (TIFF)
• Fine
• Normal
• Basic
Sensitivity equiv. Click for help • Auto (ISO 64 - 200)
• ISO 64
• ISO 100
• ISO 200
• ISO 400
Zoom wide (W) Click for help 35 mm
Zoom tele (T) Click for help 140 mm (4x)
Lens Construction   11 elements in 9 groups (includes 1 AD glass element adn 2 aspheric)
Lens Thread   35.5 mm
Lens Max Aperture Click for help F3.0 - F3.6
Digital zoom Click for help x2.0
Auto Focus   • TTL Contrast detection
• Wide Area AF (3 areas - auto selected)
• 5 area AF manually selectable
Auto Focus modes   • Continuous auto-focus (while LCD is on)
• Single auto-focus (half-press of shutter release)
AF Illumination lamp Click for help No
Manual Focus Click for help Yes, approximately 25 positions
Monitor readout shows 0.5, 0.7, 1.0, 2.0 m, Infinity
Normal focus range Click for help Wide: 50 cm (19.7 in) - Infinity
Tele: 90 cm (35.4 in) - Infinity
Macro focus range Click for help 16 cm (6.3 in) - 60 cm (23.6 in)
(Focal length fixed)
Min shutter Click for help 4 secs + Bulb in Manual Exposure mode; max 15 secs
Max shutter Click for help 1/1000 sec
Noise reduction   No
Exposure Modes   • Program AE
• Aperture Priority
• Full Manual
• Scene modes: Macro, Portrait, Landscape, Night, Text
Aperture Priority   Wide:F3.0, F6.7
Tele: F3.6, F8.0
Manual Exposure   Apertures as above
Shutter speeds: Bulb, 4, 3, 2, 1.5, 1, 0.7, 0.5, 1/3, 1/4, 1/6, 1/8, 1/10, 1/15, 1/20, 1/30, 1/45, 1/60, 1/90, 1/125, 1/180, 1/250, 1/350, 1/500, 1/750, 1/1000 sec
Metering Click for help

• 256 Segment Metering
• Spot

Exposure adjustment Click for help -2EV to +2EV in 1/3EV steps
AE Lock   No
Auto bracketing Click for help • 3 images
• 0.3, 0.5 or 1.0 EV steps
Picture Controls  

• Contrast
• Saturation (Colour)
• Sharpness

Colour Modes   • Colour
• B&W
White Balance Click for help • Auto
• Manual preset (custom)
• Daylight
• Tungsten
• Fluorescent
• Cloudy
Continuous Click for help • 2272 x 1704 FINE - 1.4 fps, max 4 images
• 2272 x 1704 STD - 1.2 fps, max 9 images
Movie clip   320 x 240, with audio, 60 sec max
Audio annotation   15 seconds 'attached' to image
Built-in Flash   Yes, internal
Flash Range (ISO 100)  

Wide angle: 0.7m - 2.4m (2.3 ft. - 7.8 ft.)
Telephoto: 0.9m - 2.1m (3.0 ft. - 6.9 ft.)

Flash Metering   Preflash TTL meter
Flash modes  

• Auto
• Anti Red-Eye
• Flash On
• Flash Off
• Slow Sync (rear)

Flash compensation   None
External flash   No
Data Imprinting   Date
Tripod mount   Yes, metal (corner)
Self-timer   Yes, 10 sec delay
Remote control   Yes, optional
Time-lapse recording   No
Video out   Yes, selectable NTSC / PAL
Storage media Click for help Compact Flash Type I
Storage included   16 MB Compact Flash card
Viewfinder Click for help Optical, no dioptre adjustment
LCD Click for help 1.8" TFT 122,000 pixels
Print compliance   DPOF, Print Image Matching
Playback zoom   Yes, 2.0x, 2.5x, 3.5x, scrollable
Operating system   Proprietary
Connectivity Click for help USB
Battery Click for help 4 x AA batteries (NiMH recommended)
Battery charger Click for help No
Weight (inc. battery)   448 g (1.0 lb)
Dimensions (inc. grip)   114 x 65 x 59 mm (4.5 x 2.6 x 2.3 in)

Click for help Click for glossary entry / help
   
** 

This measuring system is a leftover from the days of video TUBES and has nothing to do with the surface area of the chip in a direct sense. The Edmund Scientific Optics catalog has a sidebar that completely backs up the idea.

For instance, a "one inch" chip has a 16mm diagonal sensor array. A "one half inch" chip has an array of only 8mm in the diagonal. This means that the 1/1.8 = 0.555 inch measurement means NOTHING about the sensor array size. Unless they have changed the entire measurement system just for this chip, the actual sensor patch is 11% larger than the 8mm of a 1/2 chip or 8.88mm in diagonal.

(Mark Schubin of Videography Magazine)

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