Minolta DiMAGE G500 Review

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Minolta DiMAGE G500

Review posted 10/6/03

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The Minolta DiMAGE G500 is a responsive, easy-to-use digital camera that provides high- quality 5 megapixel images. It's small and stylish and loaded with powerful imaging controls and features a dual memory-card slot for flexible storage solutions. The DiMAGE G500 uses a high-quality 3x aspheric zoom lens employing seven elements in six groups to provide sharp, contrasty images. The zoom range is equivalent to a 39 - 117mm lens on a 35mm camera. This range is perfect for wide-angle landscape photography and telephoto portraits.

With a fast 1.3-second startup time, The DiMAGE G500 can capture the action at a moment's notice. The ergonomic control layout makes making settings quick and simple. The three most used controls are conveniently placed on the top of the body. Exposures can be set manually. The color saturation, contrast, and sharpness of an image can easily be controlled by the user to create the pictures they want. And the color balance function allows creative users to change the relative proportions of the red, green, and blue channels to shift the overall color of an image.

The Minolta DiMAGE G500 has a dual card-slot system for flexible image storage. Both Memory Sticks and SecureDigital (SD) Cards can be used alone or in combination. When both memory card types are used with the camera at the same time, up 640MB of data can be saved depending on the capacity of the cards. This eliminates the worries of running out of memory.

Dressed in an elegantly styled metal case, the Minolta DiMAGE G500 measures only 3.7 x 2.2 x 1.2 inches and weighing a mere 7 ounces, and can be easily slipped into a pocket or bag. And if it looks familiar, it should, it's the Konica KD-510Z camera relabeled as a Minolta DiMAGE G500. Konica and Minolta recently merged their camera operations.

Minolta DiMAGE G500

DiMAGE G500 Features

  • 5 Megapixel CCD for images up to 2592 � 1944 pixels.
  • 3x (39-117mm) optical zoom lens, 2x digital zoom
  • 1.5-inch TFT color LCD, approx. 120,000 pixels
  • Very fast 1.4-second startup time
  • AVI Motion video w/audio 320x240, max. 30 secs
  • Attach 15-sec audio memos to still images
  • White balance options: Auto, daylight, cloudy, tungsten, fluorescent
  • Shutter speeds from 1 seconds to 1/2000 second
  • TTL Evaluative and Spot Metering
  • Built in flash with Auto, Red-eye reduction, Fill, Forced off and Night Portrait
  • 12x enlarged playback function with scrolling
  • Secure Digital or MultiMediaCard and Memory Stick flash media
  • USB 1.1 connectivity
  • Exif 2.2 compatible
  • Rechargeable Li-ion battery with charger
  • Small, lightweight and durable stainless steel case

The DiMAGE G500 is available now and includes rechargeable Li-ion battery and charger, 16MB SD card, wrist strap, DiMAGE Viewer CD, Instruction Manual CD, warrant and registration cards.

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The compact DiMAGE G500 and a standard CD for size comparison.

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DiMAGE G500 Specifications

Effective Pixels 5.0 Megapixels
Imaging Elements 1/1.8-inch CCD, 2690 � 1994 pixels (5,360,000 pixels)
Recording Images
2592 � 1944 pixels
2048 � 1536 pixels
1600 x 1200 pixels
640 x 480 pixels
Image Format Still: JPEG (DCF/DPOF compatible)
Movie: AVI (DCF/Motion JPEG compatible)
Recording Medium Internal memory 2MB
SD/MMC memory card (16MB supplied)
Memory Stick (not compatible with Memory Stick Pro)
Lens Zoom Hexanon F2.8(Wide) - F4.9(Tele), f=8-24mm (equivalent to 39mm - 117mm on 35mm film camera), 7 frame/6 group
Focus Adjustment TTL center-weighed metering using a CCD image surface luminance signal, spot metering
Minimum Recording Distance Normal mode: 0.5m (Wide), 0.8m (Tele)
Macro mode: 0.06m (Wide), 0.5m (Tele)
Aperature F2.8/F4.7 (Wide), F4.9/F8.2 (Tele)
Exposure Control Program AE (3EV-15.5EV)
Shutter Still: 1 - 1/2000 sec, Movie: 1/30 to 1/5000 sec
Viewfinder True-image zoom viewfinder
Flash Built-in auto-adjusting flash
Interval: 5 sec
Range: 0.5 to 3.5m
Modes: Auto flash, Red-eye reduction, auto flash, Flash ON, Flash OFF
White Balance Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten Lamp, Fluorescent Light
Recording Modes Single, Macro, Self-timer, Landscape, Digital-zoom(x2, 3x), Sepia, Black & White, Portrait-night view, Movie (320 x 240 pixels, up to 30 sec./shot, with sound)
Playback Modes Frame-by-frame, Index, Slide show, Digital-zoom playback
Erase Modes Single frame, designated frames, all frames, format
Auto Date Year, month, date and time up to 2050
LCD Monitor 1.5 inch, low-temperature poly-silicon backlit TFT color LCD monitor
Input/Output Terminals USB 1.1
Power Supplies Lithium-ion battery pack NP-500
Optional AC adapter kit
Dimensions 94mm(W) x 56mm(H) x 29.5mm(D)
3.75"(W) x 2.25"(H) x 1.16"(D)
(excluding protruding parts)
Weight 200g or 7.1oz (excluding battery, media)
Standard package NP-500 Lithium-ion battery pack, BC-500 Battery charger, Strap, USB cable, DiMAGE Viewer CD, Instruction Manual CD, 16MB SD card.
System Requirements Windows 98/98SE, Windows 2000 Professional, Windows ME, Windows XP (pre-installed), Macintosh OS 9.0-9.2 or OSX (version 10.0.4-10.1), 16 megabytes RAM or more (32MB or more recommended); 32,000+ color display; 640 x 480 pixel resolution or higher; CD-ROM drive; USB connection; Power PC CPU

Specifications are as represented by the manufacturer.

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