Minolta DiMAGE E323 Review

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Review posted 10/01/03

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The Minolta DiMAGE E323 is an easy-to-use, compact 3.2 megapixel digital camera. Its 3x optical zoom lens has a focal range of 5.6mm to 16.8mm, this is equivalent to a 36 - 108mm zoom on a 35mm camera. It can range from wide angle for landscapes to telephoto for portraits. The camera's macro mode also allows small objects and details to be captured. The lens can focus down to 4.3 inches for close-up photographs.

The DiMAGE E323 could not be easier to operate. Exposure, focus, white balance, and flash are all controlled automatically for clear, sharp color pictures. By simply pointing and shooting, the camera will do the rest. And to transfer the data from the camera, a user simply connects the USB cable, and drags and drops the images into their computer.

The DiMAGE E323 is not limited to recording still images - movie sequences can be captured too. The length of the movie clip is only limited by resolution and the capacity of the camera's memory card. Clips can be shot at two resolutions: 320 x 240 pixels for large (QVGA) images or 160 x 120 pixels for frugal use of the SD memory card.

Captured still and video images can be played back in the camera or on a TV. Still images can be played back automatically like a slide show. Images can be rotated to orient them correctly so viewers don't need to twist their heads to the left or right to view vertically composed shots.

The DiMAGE E323's precision electro-optical system is built around a with 3.2 million effective pixels for high- resolution images. This resolution can produce 10 x 14-inch 150dpi prints or 4 x 6-inch size photo-quality prints. For those special occasions where users want to make big prints, the camera can automatically interpolate the data when it is captured to create a large 6-megapixel image. This will allow users to make up to 11x17-inch 150dpi prints or letter-size 300dpi prints.

DiMAGE E323 Major Features:

  • Very compact and lightweight camera
  • 3x 36-108mm optical zoom, 4x digital zoom
  • Macro close-up focusing as close as 4 inches
  • 3.3 megapixel primary-color CCD for images up to 2048 x 1536 pixels
  • Motion video 320 x 240 w/out audio at 15fps, unlimited length
  • 1.6-inch TFT color LCD monitor/viewfinder
  • Minolta's CxProcess image processing provides clear and natural images
  • 12-bit A/D conversion provides a finer tonal gradation
  • Built in flash with Auto, Red-eye reduction, Night portrait and Fill modes
  • Video output, NTSC or PAL selectable
  • Removable flash memory cards (SD or MMC type)
  • PictBridge and Epson PRINT Image Matching II compliant
  • Powered by two standard AA type batteries
  • USB 1.1 Mass Storage Compliant device

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Minolta DiMAGE E323

Minolta DiMAGE E323

Minolta DiMAGE E323Minolta DiMAGE E323

Minolta DiMAGE E323

Minolta DiMAGE E323

Minolta DiMAGE E323

The DiMAGE E323 compared in size to a standard CD.

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DiMAGE E323 Specifications

No. of effective pixels Approx. 3.2 million
CCD 1 / 2.7-type interline primary-color CCD
Aspect ratio 4:3
Lens 5.6-16.8 mm (35mm - equivalent: 36 - 108 mm),
f/2.8 - f/4.9; 7 elements in 6 groups
Recording media SD memory card and MultiMediaCard (MMC) support
File format JPEG, Motion JPEG (MOV), DCF1.0-compliant, DPOF (Ver.1.1) compatible, Exif2.2
No. of recorded pixels 2880 x 2160 (interpolated), 2048 x 1536, 1600 x 1200,
640 x 480
Storage capacity
(with 16 MB SD card)
2880 x 2160 2048 x 1536 1600 x 1200 640 x 480
Normal 10 20 33 148
Fine 6 13 21 111
Movie (15 fps) 40 seconds (320 x 240), 2 minutes 38 seconds (160 x 120)
* Number of frames above may vary depending on the subject
Autofocus system Video AF, focus lock available
Focusing range 0.11 m / 0.4 feet to infinity (from the front of the lens),
Macro mode
(from the front of the lens)
WIDE: 0.11 m / 4.3 inches, TELE: 0.46 m / 18.1 inches
Exposure control Programmed AE, AE lock available
Exposure compensation +-1.8Ev (with 0.3Ev step)
Metering 256 Multi-segment metering
Camera sensitivity Auto (ISO 50 - 200 equivalent)
Shutter CCD electronic shutter / mechanical shutter, with 1/2 - 1/2000 seconds in full auto mode, 2 - 1/2000 seconds in Landscape and Night view modes
Self-timer Approx. 2 seconds / 10 seconds delay
Movie recordig 15 fps (320 x 240 or 160 x 120), recording possible to full capacity of the memory card
Digital zoom 4x
White-balance control Automatic, Preset (Daylight, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Cloudy)
Flash mode Autoflash, Autoflash with red-eye reduction, Fill-flash, Flash cancel
LCD monitor 40 mm/1.6-inch digital interface TFT color, Total pixels: 84,960
Printing output control Exif print, Print Image Matching II
PC interface Full-speed 12 Mbps USB, Video output PAL / NTSC (selectable)
Batteries Two AA batteries (N-MH, Alkaline), One lithium-ion battery CR-V3
Battery performance* Number of recording: 80 (approx.) frames (Alkaline battery, Monitor On, 1600 x 1200)
* Minolta measurement
External power source 3.4 V DC (with specified AC adapter)
Dimensions (WxHxD) 99 x 62 x 34.5 mm / 3-7/8 x 2-7/16 x 1-3/8 inches (excluding projected parts)
Weight Approx. 145 g / 5-1/8 ounces (without batteries and recording media)
Standard accessories Two Alkaline batteries, Hand Strap (HS-DG323), Video Cable (VIC-100), USB Cable (USB-700), SD Memory Card (16 MB) DiMAGE Viewer CD-ROM

Specifications as represented by the manufacturer

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