Minolta DiMAGE 5 Review
Lens barrel controls
On the left side of the camera (on the "lens barrel") are a variety of controls, these cover the majority of camera settings and features thanks to two innovative (if initially awkward) function and effect dials. These are used by turning the dial to the required setting, holding the central button and then turning the control dial (beside the shutter release) at the same time to change that setting's value.
Just like the DiMAGE 7 the 5 features a full 7x optical zoom, noteworthy as its the only true 3 megapixel to have more than 4x optical zoom. Because of the smaller size of the 5's CCD the focal length range is more telephoto than the 7. The focal length range is the equivalent of 35 to 250 mm on a 35 mm SLR. Kudos also for the mechanically linked zoom ring (the ring physically moves the lens elements), they offer the fastest and most accurate zoom control. The only possible gripe was that the zoom ring / mechanism wasn't as smooth as I'd like it to be, a little stiff.
Buttons / Switches
Focus / Manual Focus
Exposure Modes (Settings Dial in PASM position)
Program Auto Exposure (with Program Shift)
Aperture Priority Auto Exposure
Wide: F2.8, F3.5, F4, F4.5, F5.6, F6.7, F8
Shutter Priority Auto Exposure
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, 1/1500, 1/2000 sec
Full Manual Exposure
Here's an interesting note from the DiMAGE 5/7 manual about the available aperture range:
"For 35mm photographers, an aperture range of f/2.8 to f/8 does not seem impressive. However, because of the CCD size and the actual focal length of the lens, the apertures on this digital camera give significantly more depth of field at any given angle of view with any given aperture than a 35mm camera. So even with the minimum aperture of f/ 8, the depth of field will give the coverage needed to create beautiful, sharp images."
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