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Minolta Dimage S304

Minolta packs Dimage technology & optics into a compact 3.3 megapixel prosumer camera!

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Reference: Datasheet

Review First Posted: 9/13/2001


Digital Camera Data Sheet:
Minolta DiMAGE S304


General

Model Name:

Minolta DiMAGE S304 
Model Number: S304 
Camera Format: Compact 
Currently Manufactured: No 
Retail Price: $799.00
Street Price:  
Price Update Date: 2007-02-07
Date Available:  
Remote Control: Yes 
Remote Control Type: Infra-red 
Tripod Mount:  
Tripod Mount Material:  
Operating System: Windows, MacOS 
Weight: 11.3 oz (320 g)
Weight With Batteries?  
Size: 4.5 x 2.5 x 2.3 in.
(114 x 65 x 59 mm)
Warranty in Months:  
Waterproof: No
Image Capture
Image Resolution: 2048x1536, 1600x1200, 1280x960, 640x480
Movie Resolution: 320x240
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
CCD Sensor (Megapixels): 3.17
CCD Size (inches): 1/1.8" 
CCD Filter Type: RGBG 
CCD Manufacturer:  
Focal Length Multiplier:  
Movie Audio: Yes 
Quality Levels: 4
Lens
Focal Length (35mm equivalent): 35 - 140 mm
Zoom Ratio: 4.00x
Digital Zoom: Yes 
Digital Zoom Values: 2x 
Auto Focus: Yes 
Auto Focus Type: Video AF 
Auto Focus Assist Light? No 
Auto Focus Min Illum:  
Auto Focus Step:  
Manual Focus: Yes 
Manual Focus Steps:  
Normal Focus Range: 50 cm to Infinity
20.4 in to Infinity
Macro Focus Range: 16 - 60 cm
6.5 - 24.5 in
Min Macro Area: 102 x 77 mm
4.0 x 3.0 in
Min Aperture:  
Max Aperture: f/3.0
Aperture Range Description: f/3.0 (wide) / 3.6 (tele) - 
Aperture Step Size:  
Lens Thread: 36 mm
Lens Thread Type: Body threads w/ adapter 
Display
Optical Viewfinder: Yes 
Optical VF Type: Optical real-image zoom 
Optical VF Accuracy: 82%
LCD Viewfinder: Yes 
LCD VF Accuracy: 98%
LCD Size (inches): 1.8
LCD Resolution: 122,000 dots
OLED Screen:  
Touchscreen:  
Max Playback Zoom:  
Exposure
ISO Settings: 100, 200, 400, 800
ISO Rating Max: 800
Number of White Balance Settings: 6
White Balance Settings: Auto, Daylight, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Cloudy, Manual 
Manual White Balance: Yes 
Longest Shutter Time: 15 
Shortest Shutter Time: 1/1000 
Exp Adj Range: 2.0 EV
Exp Adj Step Size: 0.33 EV
Metering Modes: 256 segment multi and spot 
Spot Metering: Yes 
Aperture Priority: Yes 
Shutter Priority: No 
Full Manual Exposure: Yes 
Self Timer: 10
Flash
Internal Flash: Yes 
No of Flash Modes: 5
Flash Modes: Auto, Auto w/ red-eye reduction, Fill, Fill w/ red-eye reduction, Off 
Flash Guide Number (Meters):  
Flash Range Default ISO (meters): 3.5
Flash Range Description: 0.5 - 3.5 meters (wide) / 0.9 - 3 meters (tele) 
No of Flash "Pops":  
Ext Flash: No 
Ext Flash Connection: n/a
Image Storage
Usable Memory Types: CompactFlash Type 1 
Other Memory Types:  
Memory Included (MB): 16.0
Uncompressed Format: TIFF 
CCD Raw Format: No 
Compressed Format: JPEG, WAVE 
Movie File Format: AVI (MotionJPEG) with audio 
Connectivity
Video Out: Yes 
Video Mode Switchable: Yes 
Video Usable as Viewfinder:  
External Connections: Serial, USB 1.1
Other Connection: DC In 
Included Software: DiMAGE Image Viewer Utility, ArcSoft PhotoImpression 
OS Compatibility: Windows, MacOS 
Performance Timing
Startup Time: 4.800 seconds
Shutdown Time: 4.900 seconds
Play -> Record: 1.600 seconds
Record -> Play (max res): 1.900 seconds
Record -> Play (min res): 1.900 seconds
Shutter Lag (auto focus) WIDE: 0.840 seconds
Shutter Lag (auto focus) TELE:  
Shutter Lag, Man. Focus: 0.140 seconds
Shutter Lag, Prefocus: 0.120 seconds
Cycle Time Uncompressed Format: 31.900 seconds
Cycle Time Max Res: 1.100 seconds
Cycle Time Min Res: 1.100 seconds
Buffer Frames, Max Res: 4
Continuous Mode Rate (Frames/Sec): 0.930
Movie Mode Rate (Frames/Sec):  
Movie Sec @ Max Res: 60.00
Movie Sec @ Min Res: 60.00
Download speed, KB/second:  
Power
Battery Form Factor: AA 
Usable Battery Types: Alkaline, NiMH 
Batteries Included: AA Alkaline
Battery Charger Included: No 
More Information
Notes & Features: 12-bit A/D conversion. Lens has 11 elements in 9 groups, including 1 AD element and 2 double-sided aspheric elements. Shutter speeds 4-15 seconds are in bulb mode only. Has choice of wide focus area, or focus area selection modes. Flash metering is ADI (advanced distance integration) type. Flash recharges in 7 seconds. Has exposure bracketing mode (3 frames, 0.3, 0.5 or 1.0EV steps). Voice memo mode. Adjustable contrast, saturation and sharpness. PRINT Image Matching compliant. Bundled with neckstrap, lens cap, USB cable, video cable, 16MB CompactFlash card, AA alkaline batteries, and software CDs. Optional IR remote, camera case, AC adapter and high-power external battery pack available. 
Review URL: Review
Test Shots URL: Test Shots
Photo Gallery URL:  
Device Forum URL: Forum
Manufacturer URL: Mfr. Website

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