Minolta Dimage 5 Review

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Derek Knotty.'s review of Minolta Dimage 5


“Under no circumstances will I buy another and the...”

Written on: 02/06/2003 by Derek Knotty. (1 review written)

Good Points
Size and speed / convenience of downloading (of blurred images!)- thats about all!

Bad Points
The camera is slow to focus (it hunts for up to 5 seconds on a static scene and can't cope at all with a moving image on any setting) and temperamental! The user manual is badly written and unhelpful. Try taking a horse in action and the horse is over the horizon before it focuses on anything - you might just see its rear end as a blob in the distance (and this will be blurred). The zoom is inefficient and the flash synch is appalling - sometimes its OK others you just get a white out. I find nothing about this camera (apart from ease of downloading blurred images) acceptable. I can't see why anyone wants to buy one at any price let alone its exorbitant cost! The company have had this one back twice and say its fine - admitedly it can take a picture of the snow covered mountains provided that you have a tripod and are prepared to wait while the focus hunts around for up to 5 seconds and then aggrees that it is possible. Frankly it is far far worse than the 1.3 mP Canon that my kids bought for a fraction of the price!

It gets hot and burns bateries like it was made by someone with a battery factory!

General Comments
Under no circumstances will I buy another and the frustrations are simply not worth the occasional good (but not exceptional) picture. The after sales support is bad and unhelpful (I suspect they just pressed the reset button and sent it back to me and thereafter they have been completely disinterested - I presume because everyone has the same problem and they can't get it right!)

DON'T GET ONE - it will drive you demented!

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