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Minolta DiMAGE F300 Digital Camera Review

Digital Camera Review by: Michael Gazzola

 

At a glance, the F300 with its aluminium body finish & stainless steel lens rings gives the camera a good solid feel. The camera is loaded up with plenty of features, the best of all a 5.0 mega pixel capture combined with a sharp Minolta GT lens. The viewfinder is bright, but a little small at 9mm.

 

 

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Low image capture saves to the memory card quickly, although the high end 5.0 mega pixel files set on 'super fine' quality takes closer to 5 seconds between shooting images (although the results are fantastic). There are number of great digital control options too, coupled with various compensation modes in flash, exposure and focus. Overall the camera is easy to use, slick looking and will provide more than satifactory results for existing digital camera users upgrading and first time buyers.

 

Appearance rating 4 stars
Functionality rating 4.5 stars
Image quality 3.5 stars
Value for money
3.5 stars
RRP (AUD)
 
SPACER.GIF  
Effective Pixels 5.0 Million mega pixels
Image Sizes 4 Sizes / 4 quality modes
Lens - zoom wide [mm] 7.8mm (35mm equivalent to 38mm)
Lens -zoom tele [mm] 23.4mm (35mm equivalent to 114mm)
Resolution Settings From 640 x 480 to 2560 x 1920
Modes 6 Individual. Plus auto.
Manual Focus Yes
Auto Focus Yes
Focus Range [cm] 50cm
Aperture Range F2.8 - F4.7
Aperture Priority Yes
Macro Yes
Macro Range [cm] 20cm
Shutter Speeds Bulb (15 sec max). 15 seconds - 1/1000
Shutter Priority Yes
ISO 5 Options. 64 - 400. Plus auto.
LCD Monitor Yes
LCD Size 1.5 Inch TFT colour monitor
Viewfinder Yes. Optical real image zoom.
Flash Built In. 4 mode options. Plus auto.
Hot Shoe No
White balance 5 options. Plus auto.
Self Timer Yes. 10 Seconds approx.
Movie Options Yes. 20 Minutes maximum
Audio Options Yes. 180 Minutes maximum
Video Out Yes. AV out. NTSC / PAL
Storage Type SD / MMC Cards
Storage Included [Mb] 32Mb Removable Toshiba SD Card
Image / Audio Formats Tiff / Jpeg / Wave
Connectivity USB. Direct Print.
Power Source 3V DC or AC 2x Standard AA or 1x CR-V3
Dimensions 111mm x 52.5mm x 32.5mm
Weight 185 Without battery / 220 grams with battery


















 
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