Minolta DiMAGE F300 Review

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Features & Controls



Minolta DiMAGE F300

The all-glass 3x Minolta GT lens is constructed of 8 elements in 7 groups. The focal length is 7.8 - 23.4 mm (38-114mm in 35mm format) with a maximum aperture of f/2.8 - f/4.7

The focusing range is 17.7 inch to infinity in wide angle and telephoto. The dedicated macro mode is fixed at 15.5mm and covers from 5.7 to 21.5 inches.

The TTL autofocus system can be wide area or the user can select one of five focus points. The user can select single or continuous AF operation. And the DiMAGE F300 also features Subject Tracking AF and Manual focus.



Minolta DiMAGE F300

The eyelevel optical real-image zoom viewfinder has a field of view of approx. 80% of the captured image. It has 18mm / 0.7 inch of eye-relief but no diopter adjustment. Two LEDs are used to indicate focus and flash status.



Minolta DiMAGE F300

The built in flash has modes for Autoflash, Autoflash with red-eye Reduction, Fill-flash, Fill-flash with red-eye Reduction or Flash Cancel. The working range of the flash is 0.5 - 3.5 m in wide angle and 0.9 - 3.0 m in telephoto. Flash exposure is controlled TTL with a pre-flash.



Minolta DiMAGE F300

The large monochrome data LCD on the top lets you see all the important camera settings at a glance without the need to turn on the color LCD. Below the LCD are buttons for the flash mode and exposure compensation. The Mode Dial has positions for Off, AUTO record, Multi Record, Play, Movie record, Audio Mode and SETUP.

Minolta DiMAGE F300

Shown here are all the possible function and condition icons displayed on the top LCD.




Minolta DiMAGE F300

On the back is a 1.5" color TFT LCD monitor with 110,000 pixels which can be used as a live viewfinder or for image review or accessing the menu system.



Minolta DiMAGE F300

The 4-way selector lets you navigate through the menus and make selections by pressing the center button. The 4-way selector is also used as the zoom lens control in record mode as well as changing shutter speeds, aperture values and exposure compensation. The "i+" button toggles exposure information in playback mode or flash modes in record. Next to that is the exposure compensation button. The "flower" button toggles Macro focus mode and in Auto record mode it also lets you enable Portrait mode, Sports Action mode, Landscape mode, Sunset mode, or Night Portrait mode. The MENU button enables the onscreen menus. Below that is the QuickView button to let you see the last image captured without leaving record mode. In playback this button is used to delete images. The bottom button controls the color LCD's ON/OFF, the display format or the information overlayed on it and in playback mode it activates the index mode (shows last six images on the screen).



Minolta DiMAGE F300

The I/O ports are found behind a small flap on the back. There is a combination USB and A/V port for the monaural audio and video output signal (selectable for NTSC or PAL). Next to that is a 3v DC INput jack.



Minolta DiMAGE F300

The F300 is equipped with a Secure Digital (SD) card slot and comes with a 32MB SD card, it's compatible with any brand or capacity of SD or MultiMedia Card (MMC.)

Approx. capacity of a 32 MB SD Card
  2560 x 1920 2048 x 1536 1600 x 1200 640 x 480
Economy 46 frames 67 frames 99 frames 315 frames
Standard 23 frames 36 frames 57 frames 210 frames
Fine 12 frames 18 frames 30 frames 145 frames
Super fine 2 frames 3 frames 5 frames 31 frames
Movie 320 x 240: 1 minute 29 seconds
160 x 120: 5 minutes 56 seconds
Audio recording 1 hour 4 minutes 40 seconds




Minolta DiMAGE F300

Power is supplied by two AA type batteries, high-capacity NiMH type is strongly recommended, you won't get very far with alkalines. You can also use one CR-V3 lithium type battery (included).

Minolta claims 280 frames with the LCD off or 150 frames with the LCD on if using NiMH and no more than 50% of the pictures use the flash.







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