Within the DiMAGE V, Minolta combines point-and-shoot simplicity, modular lens design, considerate touches comparable to (actually) versatile storage media and the comfort of AA battery energy to create a very compelling photographic package deal for photographers of all kinds. From landscapes to household gatherings, the DiMAGE V is as much as the duty that can assist you seize probably the most of your moments in beautiful 0.33MP element. Youthful photographers specifically will recognize that the lens can swivel again in direction of you, making selfies simply as simple as they’re together with your smartphone.

Key specs:

  • 1/Three inch, 0.33MP CCD sensor
  • 34-92mm (35mm film-format equal) F5-5.6 manually zoomed removable lens
  • Sensible Media 5v storage (approx. 32 ‘Nice’ photographs per 4MB card)
  • Zero autofocus factors (guide macro engagement)
  • ISO vary of 160 to 160
  • 1.8″ 71.8k-dot rear display
  • Powered by 4 AA batteries, with a battery life score of ‘not good’

Physique, dealing with and controls

The DiMAGE V sits comfortably within the hand, due to a ridge on the entrance of the digital camera and an indent in your thumb on the rear. The rotating lens does, in fact, encourage two-handed operation, and the graceful motion of the guide zoom lever is a pleasure. A small door on the underside of the digital camera prevents unintentional operation of the ‘Format,’ ‘Date’ and ‘Self-Timer’ choices, as a result of everyone knows that by chance enabling the self-timer leads to many a photographer hurling their digital camera into the closest physique of water in frustration.

The rear display does a superb job of providing you with a common concept of what your photograph could seem like, with out providing you with sufficient element to break the ‘second of discovery’ if you load it up on (ideally) an outdated Trinitron CRT.

The ‘+’ and ‘-‘ buttons not solely management publicity compensation, but in addition navigating photographs in ‘Play’ mode. This door prevents unintentional operation, and can by no means, ever break, identical to all of those little sorts of doorways on ’90s electronics.

Operation of the digital camera is as simple as could be. The shutter button is in a pleasant spot, and the plus and minus buttons on the highest provide you with management over publicity compensation and allow you to scroll by your photographs in playback mode. The built-in flash shall be particularly helpful for when the sunshine begins to drop, and the digital camera’s 1/30 most shutter pace will not fairly reduce it. And to maintain you centered on the precise technique of taking footage, there isn’t any provision for manually deciding on publicity settings.

So, does anybody on the market have a Sensible Media reader suitable with older 5v playing cards? Asking for a pal.

Lastly, the DiMAGE V runs on easy-to-find AA batteries, a blessing as you may be going by fairly a couple of of them. It makes use of Sensible Media storage, and can solely settle for playing cards as much as 4MB – this considerate contact retains you from over-shooting and having far too many photographs to undergo in your OG Pentium-powered machine.

Efficiency and autofocus

When it comes to efficiency, the DiMAGE V start-up time helpfully offers you loads of time to consider the shot you are going to take, and whether or not you actually do wish to take it. Likewise for shot-to-shot instances. This cautious slowing-down of the photographic course of does, in fact, encourage comparisons with Leica’s lineup of digital rangefinders, although we expect the DiMAGE is the extra sensible possibility for most individuals.

This brings us to autofocus. There is no. (Additionally like a Leica rangefinder!)

Picture high quality and usefulness

Ah, the second I do know you have all been ready for. Sadly, that is only a hands-on evaluate. We weren’t in a position to retrieve recordsdata from our DiMAGE V, owing to the scant availability of suitable card readers, however we have accomplished the following smartest thing – we have photographed the rear of the digital camera so you will get an concept of how efficient its display is. As soon as we supply a card reader, we’ll replace the story so you possibly can have your personal ‘second of discovery’ and see the total, wonderful 0.33MP recordsdata that you simply crave.

Studio scene

As you possibly can see, the DiMAGE appears prefer it’s exposing the daylight scene pretty properly with out having to make use of publicity compensation. Colours look a bit cool, however we won’t say for positive whether or not it is the display or not – and definitely, there isn’t any provision for customized white steadiness, to maintain issues less complicated for the person.

Change over to low mild, and… properly, maybe it is best to simply to not shoot in low mild.

Zoom vary, selfies

The DiMAGE’s zoom vary is pretty versatile, starting from 34-92mm equal. Although the beginning of its zoom vary is not all that vast, followers of Fujifilm’s X100 sequence – with its mounted 35mm lens – will doubtless see no downside with this.

And due to the weird design of the lens, you possibly can even use the optical zoom whereas taking selfies. That is going to be nice for these trying to boost their Instagram feed with some extra avant-garde compositions.

Lastly, we’re massive followers of the publicity compensation possibility on the DiMAGE. It actually does provide you with vast latitude to regulate your publicity to your liking, significantly for those who’re on the lookout for a extra silhouetted look. Although it is tough to see on the rear display, it did assist to carry again the Seattle wheel by the home windows for this shot.

The removable lens

It does detach, and you’ll even then use the digital camera itself as an off digital camera flash. That is one thing I used to be actually trying ahead to testing, however sadly, connector cables from the lens to the digital camera are more durable to search out than 5v Sensible Media readers.


So, who’s the Minolta DiMAGE V for? Properly, whereas it is tempting to say it is nice for anybody with fifty bucks and an eBay account, you may very well spend extra money on and have a more durable time discovering the requisite reminiscence card reader. However that stated, we now have to say we discover the idea to be a little bit of contemporary air, even in 2019. There is not any denying that cameras as of late are ludicrously extra succesful and extra responsive, however designs are nowhere close to as neat as some cameras seen within the early days of digital imaging. Right this moment, the DiMAGE stays a fun-to-use novelty due to the removable / swiveling lens design.

And later within the week, we promise we’ll get again to some critiques of, properly, fashionable cameras.

Blissful April Idiot’s day, and H/T to our latest developer for generously loaning me his first ever digital digital camera.

Editor’s notice – an earlier model of this text claimed incorrectly that the DiMAGE V has 3.3MP of decision. It really has 0.33MP – we remorse the error.


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