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I have recently bought an Minolta F100 second hand (it's only about a year old) and I am pleased with it. Although this may look like a basic point and shoot compact digi camera it also have aperature and shutter priority as well as a full manula setting. This is certainl an advantage as you have far more control over the camera which is often required. But if you don't want to bother with that you can always use the 'preset' modes which cover subjects such as portraits and actions shots. Overall this is a great camera for those who want to take holiday snaps one week and something a little more tasking the next. The only minor niggles are that the macro is slightly soft and it can gobble batteries (unless your using rechargable 2000mah or above). The best purchase to make with this camera is a card reader! It will save you lots of recharges on your batteries and they're only about £8-10. Also this camera is great to keep as a back-up amongst your SLR kit for the shots you're not too sure about and want to check first or just print of quickly at home. And it's nice and light weight!
A good quality camera - Advantages: Easy to change the memory card, Easy to download pictures, Can just click and go - Disadvantages: Instructions are not easy to follow, battery life is shart, The better the picture the more memory it uses
Excellent 4MP camera - Advantages: Area Auto-focus and 3x optical zoom (35mm equivalent 38-114mm), Uses rechargable AA batteries (not supplied), Easy to use but also with top-end features not found in cheap SLRs - Disadvantages: Uses Secure Digital media (slightly more expensive but fast!!), Flash not as strong as expected but picture quality best under bright conditions, Rechargeable batteries/adapter not included
Sensational performance and sophisticated style - this 4-megapixel digital camera, the DiMAGE F100, with autofocus technology (Minolta calls it "bringing people into focus") will help you never miss another shot. First anywhere, the Automatic Digital Subject Program Selection automatically responds to each new situation to ensure the best possible results. Employing the technology from Minolta's top-of-the-line DiMAGE 7, the F100's high-precision electro-optical system is designed to maximize image quality. The system starts with a 4.13-megapixel 1/1.8-type interline complementary color CCD with 3.95 million effective pixels for fine high-resolution images. The pixel resolution of the CCD will produce 11" x 15" 150dpi prints on an inkjet printer.
Minolta's new autofocus (AF) system makes bringing people into focus to catch the perfect moment easy. This sophisticated system locates the subject in three-dimensional space within the extra-wide focus frames so there aren't complicated procedures to lock the focus on the subject. Subjects no longer have to be placed in the center of the picture in order to properly focus using the Area AF. Employing technology developed for the top-of-the-line Minolta Maxxum 9 and Maxxum 7 35mm SLR cameras, Area AF evaluates the objects in the focus frames and locks the focus on the subject. The active AF sensor is displayed to confirm the point of focus. The extra-wide focus frames cover approximately 50% of the horizontal and vertical field of view. Simply point the camera at the scene and the autofocus system does the rest. The Minolta DiMAGE F100 is the first digital camera in the world to feature Subject Tracking AF. This AF system complements the Area AF by being able to follow a subject moving through the extra-wide AF area in three dimensions. Once the Area AF system locates the subject, Subject Tracking AF will follow that person no matter the direction of motion: to the left or right, toward or away from the camera. Catching the action has never been this simple.