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Record & Playback Features


Minolta Dimage 2330

SETUP includes options for LCD brightness, power saving (auto off), formatting the flash card, setting time and date, enable/disable beep sounds, video out signal (NTSC or PAL) and changing the menu language (English or Japanese.)

Minolta Dimage 2330

A typical Record mode LCD screen display with overlay data for image size and quality, flash and drive mode and the current image number. The overlay information can be toggled on/off by pressing the monitor button.

Minolta Dimage 2330

Here are the Menu options available in Record mode:

    FLASH:   Auto, On, Off, Auto Red-Eye, On Red-Eye

    +/-:  Exposure compensation +2 to -2 in 0.5EV increments

    FOCUS:  Auto, Closeup or Manual

    DRIVE MODE:  Single, Continuous or selftimer

    QUALITY:  Fine, Standard, Economy

    IMAGE SIZE:  Full or Half

    WB:  Auto, Sunny, Flourescent, Incandescent

    SHARPNESS:  Normal, Soft or Hard

Minolta Dimage 2330

Playback mode screen with overlay data for image number / total images, date and time.

Minolta Dimage 2330

Pressing the Menu button while in Playback mode lets you pick the Zoom option to 4x magnify the image and then scroll around inside of it using the 4-way switch.

Minolta Dimage 2330

As with most digicams, the 2330 has a thumbnail index mode to quickly search through the stored images on your flash card.

Minolta Dimage 2330

Playback menu options for deleting images, zoom playback, slide show presentation mode, DPOF printing information (see next frame) and changing the folder.

Minolta Dimage 2330

DPOF (Digital Print Order Format) allows you to select the images that you want to print later and how many copies of each are to be printed. This DPOF information is used by photo printers that accept CF cards directly for computer-less printing and it can also be used by kiosk printing services.

Steve's Conclusion

The Dimage 2330 Zoom is a simple to operate digital camera that's short on features and inexpensive. It's a good little "go anywhere" kind of camera that fits easily into your pants pocket or purse and is light enough to be carried all day if necessary. The number of images you can store is limited only by the capacity of the CompactFlash card used. The best quality images are about 350-900KB so you can go a long way using even a 64MB CF card.

The image quality is somewhat subpar for a camera of this resolution. It has a problem of underexposing brightly lit outdoor shots and overexposing indoor flash pictures. This can be overcome by using the exposure compensation but it is a hassle. Shot to shot time at high quality was about three seconds in single shot mode which isn't bad at all. If you need to capture faster than that you can switch it into Burst mode and grab shots at 2fps up to a maximum of four.

If you just want an economical, 2-megapixel camera that won't break the bank then the Minolta Dimage 2330 is an OK choice. If image quality is the thing then I'd look at one of the other 2-mpixel cameras like the Olympus C-2020.

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