DiMAGE F300

DiMAGE F300

Minolta DiMAGE F300 Review

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Full Review posted 04/10/03

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The Minolta DiMAGE F300 featuring increased resolution and zoom range, a new noise reduction option and Minolta's award-winning Subject Tracking Autofocus (AF) and Minolta's Area AF, this new digital camera produces high-quality images and incorporates advanced automatic functions, and fast, easy operation. Following the sleek contoured design of the DiMAGE F100,

The DiMAGE F300 features a 5.3 megapixel 1/1.8-type interline primary-color CCD with 5.0 million effective pixels for fine high-resolution images. The DiMAGE F300 incorporates a built-in 3x optical zoom Minolta GT LENS for color accuracy. Three aspheric lens elements ensure sharp images at all focal lengths that. And a 4x digital zoom capability, provides compact lens design with a wide image capture range. With a focal range of 7.8mm to 23.4mm, it is equivalent to a 38mm to 114mm 35mm zoom lens.

This stylish camera features a slim aluminum body exterior and stainless steel accents around the lens barrel with an easy-to hold, elegant grip and ergonomic control layout. A versatile camera, the DiMAGE F300 features the functions and controls essential for great image making. The DiMAGE F300 allows complete control over exposure, color, contrast, saturation, white balance, camera sensitivity and focus. It can also record movies and audio.

The DiMAGE F300 combats noise which can give a grainy look to digital images by employing a large signal-to-noise ratio to minimize its effect even with higher CCD gain as well as allowing photographers to select noise reduction to control image quality. The new selectable feature compensates for dark noise caused by exposures of one second or longer.


Minolta DiMAGE F300


Advanced technology makes focusing on the DiMAGE F300 simple and effective. The DiMAGE F300 follows in the footsteps of Minolta's DiMAGE F100 - the first compact digital camera in the world to be equipped with Subject Tracking AF and to also feature Minolta's Area AF. These technologies work together to locate and follow the subject through three-dimensional space within the camera's extra-wide focusing area, making the autofocus system ready to take a picture when the photographer wants to. Simply activate the Area AF system with the shutter-release button and the camera evaluates the objects in the extra-wide focus frames and pinpoints the subject. If the subject moves, Subject Tracking AF will adjust the focus to ensure sharp images; the active AF sensor is displayed in the focus frames and will follow the subject movement.

The DiMAGE F300's Automatic Digital Subject Program Selection automatically selects one of five subject programs - portrait, sports action, landscape, sunset, or night portrait - to optimize the camera's exposure and image-processing controls based on the subject and scene. This frees the photographer from having to evaluate the conditions and make camera settings for each new situation.


DiMAGE F300 Major Features:

  • Compact, stylish and lightweight aluminum body
  • Minolta 3x optical F/2.8 38-114mm GT zoom lens
  • 5-megapixel CCD, up to 2560 x 1920 pixel images
  • Auto, Program AE, Aperture priority, Shutter Speed priority, Manual and Movie exposure modes
  • Automatic Digital Subject Program: Portrait, Sports, Landscape, Sunset, Night portrait
  • Wide focus area or Spot focus with area selection
  • Subject Tracking AF and Area AF
  • Exposure bracketing, 3 frames w/1.0, 0.5 or 0.3 EV increment
  • Shutter speeds: 1/1000 to 15 secs, Bulb (max. 15 sec)
  • Continuous advance: 1.2fps to a max. of 7 frames
  • Ultra High Speed capture @ 11fps in 1280x960 resolution
  • Selectable ISO speeds: 64, 100, 200, 400 or Auto
  • Motion video: 320 x 240 w/audio at 15fps up to 3 minutes, 160x120 movies up to 20 minutes. Night movie with gain up.
  • Audio memo recording up to 15 secs w/still image
  • Audio recording w/out still image, 3 hours maximum
  • White balance: Auto, 5 presets or Custom
  • Color modes: Vivid color, Natural color, B&W
  • Sharpness, Contrast and Color Saturation control (3 levels each)
  • Multi-segment, Center-weighted or Spot metering
  • 1.5-inch TFT color LCD monitor
  • White balance options: automatic, daylight, tungsten, cloudy and fluorescent
  • Built in flash with Auto, Red-eye reduction, Night portrait and Fill modes
  • USB v1.1 connectivity
  • Removable SD/MMC memory cards (32MB included)
  • Epson PRINT Image Matching compliant
  • Powered by 2-AA or one CR-V3 battery




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Minolta DiMAGE F300

Minolta DiMAGE F300

Minolta DiMAGE F300

Minolta DiMAGE F300

Minolta DiMAGE F300

Minolta DiMAGE F300





Minolta DiMAGE F300

The DiMAGE F300 compared to a Compact Disc




Minolta S414 and F300

The Minolta DiMAGE S414 and the DiMAGE F300 for comparison.







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DiMAGE F300 Specifications

Number of effective pixels
5.0 million
CCD: 1/1.8-type interline primary-color CCD with a total of 5.3 million (2668 x 1970) pixels
Camera sensitivity
Auto and 64, 100, 200, and 400 ISO equivalents
Lens construction
8 elements in 7 groups
Focal length
7.8 - 23.4mm (35mm equivalent: 38 - 114mm)
Maximum aperture
f/2.8 - f/4.7
Focusing range
Wide telephoto: 45 cm / 1.5 feet to infinity (from front of the lens)
Macro: 14.5 cm / 5.7 inches to 54.5 cm / 21.5 inches (from front of the lens)
Maximum magnification: 0.17x (equivalent to 0.74x in 35 mm format)
Autofocus system
Video AF
Autofocus areas
Wide focus area (Area AF), Spot focus areas with Focus Area Selection
Focus modes
Autofocus: Subject Tracking AF, Single-shot AF
Full-time AF is available in the autofocus mode.
Manual focus
Focus lock
In single-shot AF and Focus Area Selection
By pressing shutter-release button partway down
Disabled with Subject Tracking AF
Subject lock
In Subject Tracking AF
By pressing shutter-release button partway down
White-balance control
Automatic, Preset (Daylight, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Cloudy), Custom
Metering
Multi-segment, Spot, Center-weighted
Multi-segment metering: 256 segments
Shutter
CCD electronic shutter and mechanical shutter
Shutter-speed range:
4 - 1/1000 s in programmed-AE and aperture-priority modes, 15 - 1/1000 s in shutter-priority and manual exposure modes., Bulb (max. 15 s)
AE lock
In single-shot AF, manual focus, Subject Tracking AF and Focus
Area Selection
By pressing shutter-release button partway down
Exposure modes
Programmed AE, Aperture priority, Shutter priority, Manual
Digital Subject Program Selction
Automatic: Portrait, Sports action, Landscape, Sunset, Night portrait
Manual: Portrait, Sports action, Landscape, Sunset, Night portrait, Macro
Exposure compensation
+/-2 Ev in 1/3 increments
Flash metering
Pre-flash TTL
Flash modes
Autoflash, Autoflash with red-eye reduction, Fill flash, Flash cancel
With aperture priority, shutter priority, or manual exposure , Fill flash, Fill flash with red-eye reduction, Flash cancel only.
Viewfinder type
Optical real-image zoom viewfinder
Field of view
80% (approx.)
Eye-relief
21.4 mm (from eyepiece), 18 mm (from eyepiece frame)
A/D conversion
12 bits
Recording media
SD (Secure Digital) Memory Cards / MultiMediaCards
File formats
JPEG, TIFF, Motion JPEG (MOV): with audio
DCF1.0-compliant
DPOF-compliant (supported by printing functions in ver.1.1)
Folder name formats
Standard, Date
Printing output control
PRINT Image Matching II, Exif Print,
Number of recorded pixels
2560 x 1920, 2048 x 1536, 1600 x 1200, 1280 x 960*, 640 x 480
*Only in UHS continuous-advance mode
Image-quality modes
Economy, Standard, Fine, Super fine
Color modes
Vivid Color, Natural Color, Black and white
Sharpness settings
Three levels
Contrast compensation
Three levels
Color saturation compensation
Three levels
File sizes *
  2560 x 1920 2048 x 1536 1600 x 1200 640 x 480
Economy 650 KB 450KB 300KB 100KB
Standard 1.3MB 850KB 550KB 150KB
Fine 2.5MB 1.5MB 1.0MB 200KB
Super fine 15MB 9.5MB 6.0MB 1.0MB
Movie 340KB/s
* Actual file sizes may vary depending upon the subject.
Storage capacity
Approximate storage capacity of a 32 MB SD (Secure Digital) Memory 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
Exif tag information
Date and time
Camera settings: (Exposure mode, Shutter speed, Aperture value, Exposure compensation value, Metering method, Flash on/off, Camera sensitivity, White balance setting, Focal length, etc.)
Color space
Delete function
Single, multiple, or all frames can be deleted.
A frame can be deleted in Quick View mode (recording mode)
Single, multiple, or all frames can be locked.
Format function
Yes
Date imprinting
Yes
LCD monitor
3.8 cm (1.5 inch) low-temperature polysilicon TFT color with anti-reflection coating
Total pixels: 110,000 (approx.),
Field of view: 100% (approx.)
Noise reduction
User selectable
Self-timer
10 s (approx.)
Remote control
IR Remote Control RC-3
Exposure bracketing
1. 0, 0.5, 0.3 Ev increments
Number of brackets: 3 frames
Movie
File format: Motion JPEG (MOV)
Number of recorded pixels: 320 x 240, 160 x 120, Frame rate: 15 fps,
Recording time: 20min. (max.) with 160 x 120 images, 3 min. (max.) with 320 x 240 images
Audio: Monaural with playback volume control
Fast forward and rewind control
Night movie (automatic selection or disable)
Digital zoom
4x (max.) in 0.1x increments
Copy function
To copy single or multiple images to the same or another memory card.
E-mail Copy function
Creates a compressed VGA JPEG image for transmission
Audio signals
Two tones and three shutter-sound effect settings including Custom Shutter Recording. Volume control function.
Audio signal can be disabled.
Remote control
IR Remote Control RC-3
External power source
3V DC (with specified AC adapter)
Battery performance
(Playback)
Approximate continuous playback time: 270 min.
Based on Minolta's standard test method with a CR-V3 lithium battery
140 min
Based on Minolta's standard test method with 1700mAh Ni-MH batteries
Computer interface
USB 1.1
AV output
NTSC, PAL (selected on the camera)
Dimensions
111.0 (W) x 52.5 (H) x 32.5 (D) mm / 4-3/8 (W) x 2-1/16 (H) x 1-1/4 (D) inches
Weight
185 g (approx.) / 6-1/2 ounces (without batteries or recording media)
Standard accessories*
Battery (CR-V3), Hand strap,
SD (Secure Digital) Memory Card, AV cable (AVC-200), USB cable (USB-500), DiMAGE Software CD-ROM
*Availability of accessories depends on areas.

(Specifications as represented by the manufacturer)





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