Minolta DiMAGE S404 Review
Compact Flash Compartment
Once more the lens used is labelled as a 'Minolta GT Lens', all glass and derived from their "G series" SLR lenses. This compact lens provides an impressive 4x optical zoom with a 35mm equiv. range of 35 mm to 140 mm. What's a little disappointing is the relative slowness of the lens, with a maximum aperture of F3.0 (at wide angle) to F3.6 (at full telephoto). However, that does make it faster at the telephoto end than some other digital cameras.
Base / Tripod Mount
The S404's flash is located in the top right (from the front) corner of the camera, just like the DiMAGE 5/7 it has a noticeable yellow filter glass. The manual states the flash range as (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.).
Full details of flash range at different sensitivities can be seen in the table below.
Flash range at different sensitivities (from the DiMAGE S404 manual):
|Sensitivity||Flash range (wide angle)||Flash range (telephoto)|
|AUTO||0.5 m- 3.5 m (1.6 ft. - 11.5 ft.)||0.9 m - 3.0 m (3.0 ft. - 9.8 ft.)|
|ISO 64||0.5 m - 2.0 m (1.6 ft. - 6.6 ft.)||0.9 m - 1.7 m (3.0 ft. - 5.6 ft.)|
|ISO 100||0.5 m - 2.5 m (1.6 ft. - 8.2 ft.)||0.9 m - 2.1 m (3.0 ft. - 6.9 ft.)|
|ISO 200||0.5 m - 3.5 m (1.6 ft. - 11.5 ft.)||0.9 m - 3.0 m (3.0 ft. - 9.8 ft.)|
|ISO 400||0.5 m - 5.0 m (1.6 ft. - 16.4 ft.)||0.9 m - 4.2 m (3.0 ft. - 13.8 ft.)|
Supplied in the box
Supplied in the box are:
- Minolta DiMAGE S404 digital camera
- Lens cap
- 16 MB CompactFlash card (Lexar branded)
- 4 x AA Alkaline batteries
- Neck Strap
- Audio/Video Cable (ends in two RCA jacks)
- USB Cable
- Software CD-ROM (Minolta Image Viewer utility, ArcSoft PhotoImpression)