Minolta DiMAGE 5 Review
Top of camera controls
On the top of the camera the information LCD (detailed earlier), shutter release and control dial. Behind this is the subject-program button, Pro-auto (reset) button and mode/power dial which is locked when in the OFF position.
Shutter release button
Just like the DiMAGE 7 the DiMAGE 5 does on occasions ignore a press of the shutter release. This occurred with both Instant playback enabled and disabled, here's the scenario:
- Instant playback disabled - pressing the shutter release button
too quickly after the first exposure and the camera will ignore the
press, you have to lift your finger and press again.
- Instant playback enabled (2 or 10 secs) - pressing the shutter release with the playback image shown returns to the live view but you must lift your finger and press again to take another shot.
In my opinion the camera should take a shot if (a) the live view is visible and (b) the shutter release is pressed, the photographer is clearly holding the shutter release button down for this reason.
Digital Subject Program
Pro-Auto doesn't change ISO sensitivity, flash mode, colour mode, data imprint, LCD information level, image size or image quality settings.
Displays the last image shot (or last image on the CF card), this is displayed on the LCD or EVF depending on the position of the Display mode switch.
Shoot movies, press the shutter release to start recording, press again to stop. Movies are recorded in AVI format @ 320 x 240, 12 frames per second for a maximum of 60 seconds. Audio is not recorded.
Camera displays special camera setup menu used to control global settings such as LCD / EVF brightness, language, date, video output etc. Format CF card is only available in this mode. Described in detail later in this review.
Enables USB communications for direct connectivity to a PC or Mac. Optionally allows the use of CF Modem or CF Cellular Modem.
Small icon on the right hand side in the descriptions above is the indicator used on the LCD / EVF for each mode.
Rear of camera controls
On the rear (right) of the camera are several more controls, most of which are positioned to be within reach of your thumb when gripping the camera with your right hand. I found this part of the camera did have a tendency to get very hot during normal shooting, especially the rear of the body under the pad of your thumb (back of the Compact Flash compartment).
Display Mode switch
Electronic Viewfinder display
Automatic display (Eyepiece sensor)
Record mode: Switch between three levels of overlay information: None, All status and setting information overlay, Only focus bracket shown.
Play mode: Switch between different displays: All status and setting information overlay, No information overlay, Thumbnail view.
Auto Focus / Auto Exposure Lock
AF/AE hold - auto focus and auto exposure are locked
for as long as the button is held
Record mode: Press and hold for more than one second to switch from wide-focus mode to spot focus, in spot focus mode the controller can be used to move a small cross-hair (+) around the screen (a 15 x 19 grid) to indicate where you would like to measure autofocus.
Play mode: Press left / right to browse forwards and backwards through images taken, press up for histogram display.
Menus: Navigate through menus, select menu options.
|QV /||Quick View / Delete
Record mode: Enter a 'mini-play-mode', displays the last image taken, you can scroll between images by pressing the 4-way controller left and right, you can also display a histogram by pushing the 4-way controller up. Pressing the button again with an image displayed gives you the option to delete it. You can not magnify the image in this mode.
Play mode: Delete current image, requires confirmation (4-way controller left, press 4-way controller in).
Magnify / Digital Zoom
|Douaumont Ossuary by Eric 54-BNF|
from Armistice Day
|Silhouette at sunset by Jill Hancock|
from Portrait Lens (around 80mm or equivalent - please check the full rules)
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