Reviews and Problems with Konica Minolta DiMAGE S404
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Value for money 9
Ease of use 8
Picture quality 9
8 January 2002
Conclusion: Here's my rating of the Minolta DiMAGE S404: (4 megapixel prosumer) The S404 really is the dark horse of the four megapixel bunch. Yet when you consider its feature set; four megapixels, four times optical zoom lens, well implemented buffering, good control over internal processing etc. You soon see that at $500 the S404 is beginning to look like a bit of a bargain.
Pros: Good image quality, very good colours (after being run through Image Viewer Utility), Good 4x lens, sharp with little distortion (if a little slow; F3.0 - F3.6), Good control over internal processing algorithms (colour, sharpness, contrast), Good set of manual controls (if limited by just two apertures), Solid build quality, aluminium body, Fairly fast processing, good shot to shot times, Improved buffering means you'll hardly ever find yourself waiting for data to fl...
Cons: Auto Focus system sometimes misses but is convinced of an AF lock, Multi-Segment metering can sometimes need negative EV compensation, Requirement to run images through Image Viewer Utility to get the best colour, Tendancy to send white balance slightly blue in shade, Badly desinged / positioned tripod mount, Flash skin tone can be a little yellow, LCD screen needs an anti-reflective coating
Excerpt: Continue on to Page Two DiMAGE S404 Specifications Number of effective pixels 3.95 million (2272 x 1704) CCD 1/1.8 inch-type interline primary-color CCD Total pixels: 4.13 million Camera sensitivity Auto, ISO 64, 100, 200, 400 (equivalent) Aspect ratio 4 : 3 Lens construction 11 elements in 9 groups (includes 1 AD glass element and 2 double-sided aspheric elements) Focal length 7.15 - 28.6 mm (35 mm equivalent: 35-140 mm) Max.