Minolta DiMAGE F100 Review
The four megapixel three times zoom Minolta DiMAGE F100 was announced at on 13th March 2002 at CeBIT. It's aim is as a direct competitor to Canon's PowerShot S40 as well as a range of other compact four megapixel digital cameras. Size wise it's about the same size as the S40 and Sony's DSC-P9. The F100 is powered by two AA batteries (NiMH's recommended) and stores its images on SD or MMC cards. From a design standpoint it's probably the sleakest Minolta to date but still isn't as stylish as Canon's S40.
Below you will find a table summarizing some of the feature / specifications of similar and competitive cameras compared to the DiMAGE F100. As you can see the F100 is definitely well specified, with at least as many features as the other cameras here (apart from AF assist) an in some cases even more flexibility (ISO 800, Tracking AF, Bulb exposures etc.).
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|Sensor||4.1 mp||4.1 mp||4.1 mp||4.1 mp|
|Effective||3.9 mp||3.9 mp||3.8 mp||3.9 mp|
|Output||2272 x 1704||2272 x 1704||2240 x 1680||2272 x 1704|
|Others||1600 x 1200
1280 x 960
640 x 480
|1600 x 1200
1024 x 768
640 x 480
|1120 x 850
640 x 480
|1600 x 1200
1280 x 960
640 x 480
|ISO sens.||Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800||Auto, 50, 100, 200, 400||100, 200||Auto, 100, 200, 400|
|Lens equiv.||3x (38 - 114 mm)||3x (35 - 105 mm)||3x (37 - 111 mm)||3x (39 - 117 mm)|
|Lens aperture||F2.8 - F4.7||F2.8 - F4.9||F2.6 - F4.8||F2.8 - F5.6|
|Min. shutter||4 sec + Bulb (15 sec)||15 sec||2 sec||2 sec|
|Max. shutter||1/1000 sec||1/1500 sec||1/2000 sec||1/1000 sec|
|Metering||Multi-segment, Spot||Evaluative, CW, Spot||Multi-area, CW, Spot||Multi-segment, Spot|
|Auto focus||5-point, Single AF, Tracking AF||3-point, Selectable||Wide AF, Spot AF||3-point auto, Center point|
|AF assist lamp||No||Yes||No||Yes|
|Min. focus||Normal: 50 cm
Macro: 20 cm
|Normal: 80 cm
Macro: 10 cm
|Normal: 40 cm
Macro: 14 cm
|Normal: 50 cm
Macro: 10 cm
|Manual focus||Yes, magnified and distance readout||Yes, magnified loupe and distance readout||Yes, ruler (no units)||Yes, 5 steps|
|White balance||5 position & manual||6 position & manual||5 position & manual||5 position|
|Movie clips||Yes, 35 sec||Yes, 30 / 120 sec||Yes, 30 sec||Yes, unlimited|
|Remote control||Yes (option)||No||Yes||No|
|Storage||SD/MMC card||CF Type I||CF Type I||Memory Stick|
|Image format||TIFF, JPEG||RAW, JPEG||JPEG||JPEG|
|Power||2 x AA batteries||Canon Lithium-Ion||Pentax Lithium-Ion||Sony Lithium-Ion|
|Charging||No||Out of camera||Out of camera||In camera|
|Weight (inc.)||241 g (8.5 oz)||323 g (11.4 oz)||240 g (8.5 oz)||203 g (7.2 oz)|
|Dimensions||111 x 52 x 32 mm
(4.4 x 2 x 1.3 in)
|112 x 58 x 42 mm
(4.4 x 2.3 x 1.7 in)
|92 x 59 x 31 mm
(3.6 x 2.3 x 1.2 in)
|113 x 53 x 36 mm
(4.5 x 2.1 x 1.4 in)
* Note that since starting this review Canon Europe and Asia have announced the updated PowerShot S45, although at yet we don't have any indications as to when the S45 will be officially introduced into the USA. Image quality comparisons towards the end of this review are based on an S45.
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