Minolta DiMAGE F100 Review
The F100's two connector terminals are found on the back of the camera behind by a rubber grommet style cover. The left connector is DC power input which requires the optional Minolta AC adapter. The right connector is a combined USB and A/V output mini-jack. Two cables are provided both of which start with this mini-jack, one which ends in a normal USB connector and one in two RCA jacks (Video and Audio output). Neat and tidy.
The F100 features a 3x optical zoom lens, it has an equivalent focal length of 38 - 114 mm with maximum aperture of F2.8 at wide angle and F4.8 at telephoto. The lens extends from the body at power up and has an automatic lens cover which closes over the end element when retracted. One gripe I had early on with this camera is (a) the amount of time it takes for the lens to extend; almost 4 seconds and (b) the speed of zoom; around 3.5 seconds from wide to telephoto.
The F100's small built-in flash appears to be mounted far enough away from the lens to at least reduce the effects of red-eye. It has a specified range of 0.5 - 2.9 m (1.6 - 9.5 ft) at wide angle and 0.5 - 1.7 m (1.6 - 5.6 ft) at telephoto which is about average for a compact camera such as this. The F100 uses a lower power pre-flash to meter the scene before the main flash, this could make it tricky to use off-camera slave flash units.
Base / Tripod Mount
The bottom of the camera is straightforward enough, a metal tripod mount (good) mounted in a relatively central location (although there's no way they could have put it in line with the lens). The location is fairly good for mounting on a tripod head because at least there is enough base 'real estate' around the mount point to stop the camera from tilting in any particular direction.
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