Minolta DiMAGE S414 Review

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Review posted 4/10/03

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The Minolta DiMAGE S414 features a 4.1 megapixel CCD, a high-quality Minolta GT 4x optical zoom lens, Minolta's CxProcess image processor, video recording capability, USB interface and Compact Flash card compatibility and is housed in a stylish and durable aluminum alloy body. The S414 is heavily based on last year's DiMAGE S404 which sold out so fast that most people thought it had been discontinued.

The Minolta DiMAGE S414's high-precision electro-optical system is built around a 4.1 megapixel 1/1.8-type interline primary-color CCD with 4.0 million effective pixels for fine high-resolution images. The DiMAGE S414's built-in Minolta GT lens is a versatile apochromatic 4x zoom with anomalous dispersion (AD) glass for color accuracy and dual aspherical elements which, combined with a 2.2x digital zoom, provides a compact lens design with a wide image capture range. The optical zoom lens range is from 7.15mm to 28.6mm, equivalent to 35mm -140mm in 35mm photography, and with digital zoom, the range is equivalent to 35mm - 308mm in 35mm.

The image formed on the CCD is enhanced by Minolta's exclusive CxProcess image processing technology to optimize sharpness, color reproduction, tonal gradation and noise to create clear and natural images. The wide dynamic range is provided by 12-bit A/D (analog to digital) conversion to ensure natural color and tonal reproduction.

In addition, the high-speed LSI with 32-bit RISC (Reduced Instruction Set Computer) CPU and expanded 32MB SDRAM buffer memory allows the camera to be highly responsive with faster operation. The capturing interval time of 0.8 seconds and brisk continuous advance speed of 1.3 frames per second with up to 7 frames (full size images in fine image quality mode) can transform a passing moment into a priceless memory.

The DiMAGE S414 offers flexible and accurate autofocus, auto exposure and an optical zoom viewfinder. Its stylish aluminum body features an easy-to hold grip and simple control layout. A versatile camera, the DiMAGE S414 features fully automatic white balance and video recording with audio as well as ease of use features like Digital Subject Program Selection and creative functions such as histogram display of recorded images, exposure compensation and bracketing, custom white balance and digital effects control, that give the photographer control over the final image.


DiMAGE S414 Features:

  • All-glass 4x Minolta GT zoom lens (35-140mm in 35mm equivalent)
  • 4-megapixel CCD imager for images up to 2272 x 1704
  • Records up to 60 secs of 320 x 240 motion JPEG with audio
  • 15 second voice memos can be attached to images
  • 12-bit A/D conversion and high-speed image processing
  • 3-point Wide area autofocus system
  • Five user-selectable focusing points
  • Single or Continuous autofocus
  • Program AE, Aperture priority and Manual modes
  • Up to 15 second exposures with noise reduction
  • 270-segment Multi or Spot metering
  • Auto Exposure Bracketing (0.3, 0.5 or 1EV steps)
  • Adjustable image contrast and saturation
  • ISO sensitivity of 64, 100, 200 or 400
  • White balance has four presets plus custom
  • CompactFlash Type I card slot
  • Stylish and durable aluminum body
  • High-speed USB port




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Minolta DiMAGE S414

Minolta DiMAGE S414

Minolta DiMAGE S414 Minolta DiMAGE S414

Minolta DiMAGE S414

Minolta DiMAGE S414





Sony DSC-S75 and Minolta S404

The Minolta S414 and a standard CD disc.





Minolta S414 and F300

The Minolta S414 and the DiMAGE F300 for size comparison.









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DiMAGE S414 Specifications

No. of effective pixels 4.0 million
CCD 1/1.8-type interline primary-color CCD with a total of 4.1 million pixels
Lens 4x Zoom 7.15 - 28.6 mm (35mm equivalent: 35 - 140 mm)
f/ 3.0 - f/ 3.6, 11 elements in 9 groups
(includes 1 AD glass element and 2 double-sided aspheric elements)
Recording media Type I CompactFlash card
File format Exif 2.2 JPEG, TIFF, Motion JPEG (MOV): with audio, DCF, DPOF
No. of recorded pixels Still images: 2272 x 1704, 1600 x 1200, 1280 x 960, 640 x 480
Movie clips: 320 x 240 per frame
Storage capacity Approximate storage capacity of a 16 MB CompactFlash card
2272 x 1704 1600 x 1200 1280 x 960 640 x 480
Economy 17 frames 27 frames 33 frames 48 frames
Standard 11 frames 19 frames 26 frames 42 frames
Fine 6 frames 12 frames 17 frames 34 frames
TIFF 1 frame 2 frames 3 frames 13 frames
Movie 51 seconds
The actual number of images may vary depending upon the subject.
Autofocus system Video AF
AF areas Wide focus area / Focus Area Selection
Focus modes Autofocus (Full-time AF available in the autofocus mode) / Manual focus
Focusing range W: 0.5 m (1.6 feet) to infinity (from the CCD)
T: 0.9 m (3.0 feet) to infinity (from the CCD)
Macro: 16 cm (6.3 inches) to 60 cm (23.6 inches) (from the CCD)
Exposure modes Programmed AE, Aperture priority, Manual. Digital Subject Programs (Macro, Portrait, Landscape, Night portrait, Text, Macro & Text)
Digital Effects Control Exposure, Contrast
Color modes Natural Color, Vivid Color, Black and White, Sepia, Solarization
Exposure compensation ± 2 Ev in 1/3 increments
Metering Multi-segment (270 segments), Spot
Camera sensitivity Auto, ISO 64 / 100 / 200 / 400 (ISO equivalent)
Shutter speeds 1/1000 - 4 seconds, Bulb (max. 15 seconds)
Continuous advance Approx. 1.6 frames per second
Self-timer Approx. 10 seconds delay
Movie recording Max. 60 seconds, with audio (monaural)
Digital zoom 2.2x
Audio Signal Two tones and two shutter-sound effect settings with volume control in 3 steps
White-balance control Automatic, Preset (Daylight, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Cloudy), Custom
Flash mode Autoflash, Autoflash with red-eye reduction, Fill-flash, Fill-flash with red-eye reduction, Flash cancel
A/D conversion 12 bits
LCD monitor 1.8-type / 4.6 cm TFT color, with total 122.000 pixels equivalent
Remote control IR Remote Control RC-3 (optional)
Printing output control Exif Print, Print Image Matching II
PC interface USB ver. 1.1, Video output NTSC / PAL (selectable)
Batteries* 4x AA (NiMH or Alkaline)
* Use of NiMH recommended.
Battery performance* Continuous playback time: approx. 120 min. (NiMH 1850mAh)
* Minolta measurement
Number of recording: approx. 160 frames (NiMH, LCD monitor on)
External power source AC adapter (6V DC, option): AC-1L (100 - 120V AC), AC-2L (100- 240V AC)
Dimensions (WxHxD) 113.5 x 64.5 x 58.5 (56.5 in grip area) mm / 4.5 x 2.5 x 2.3 (2.2 in grip area) inches
Weight Approx. 335 g / 11.8 ounces (without batteries or recording media)
Standard accessories AA Alkaline Batteries, Neck Strap (NS-DG304), Lens Cap (LF-236),
AV Cable (AVC-100), CF Card (16MB), USB Cable (USB-600),
DiMAGE software CD-ROM for DiMAGE S414.
*Availablity of accessories depends on areas.






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