Full review posted for Minolta DiMAGE S414!|
(Friday, August 1, 2003 - 03:39 EDT)
Minolta's DiMAGE line of digicams includes some of the better values in digital cameras currently on the market, and the S414 is a prime example.
With its 4.0-megapixel CCD, optional full manual exposure control, and variety of shooting modes, it's a versatile camera well-suited to a wide range of users. Novices will appreciate its fully automatic exposure mode, as well as its modest assortment of preprogrammed "scene" modes. For more advanced users, the S414 provides an unusually wide range of exposure and color adjustments.
The 4x zoom lens offers a bit longer reach than the 3x zoom found on most of its competition, as well as unusually sharp, clear images. (In my experience, the lenses on Minolta's high-end consumer digicams are really second to none.) The improved image processing and shooting speed are excellent enhancements, and the new live histogram display is a bonus as well.
The most important bottom line is image quality though, and the S414 delivers some of the best-looking images I've yet seen from a Minolta digicam. Overall, the DiMAGE S414 is one of the best bargains in the market, an excellent choice for anyone looking for a solid performer with good image quality and plenty of options.
Definitely a "Dave's Pick!" Check it out!