Konica Minolta Minolta Digimax S404 4 Megapixel Compact Camera

1.8" LCD - 4x Optical Zoom - 2.2x - 16 MB Included - 2272 x 1704 Image - 320 x 240 Video - MPN: 2781301
Product Details
Description
4.0 Megapixel, 1/1.8 type CCDMinolta GT Lens (all-glass APO lens)4x optical zoomMinolta CxProcess image processingUltra-fast operationAdvanced AF & AE32MB buffer memoryHigh-grade aluminum body
Quick Glance
LCD Screen Size 1.8 in
Memory Card Support CompactFlash (CF) Card
Camera Type Compact Camera
Effective Megapixels 4 Megapixel
Image Stabilization
Lens Mount Fixed
normalized-Optical Zoom 4
normalized-Weight 11.82
User Reviews
5 Star Review   By member winhto - Jan 25, 2004   

Weakness: Batteries life is short but you can always buy the rechargeable kind for digital cameras and have an ac adaptor with it and you are all set

Have this camera and used it for all occasions and love it. I have also purchased a remote and a few flash cards with the speed of 12X and 40X and when I used the SF mode the speed of transferring the pictures to the card is exceptional. Yes, I had purchased several things to go with this camera but it is worth it for all I needed. Would highly recommend it.

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4 Star Review   By member rickfox - May 22, 2003   

Strengths: fantastic image in good light , Fantastic bang for the buck, Fantastic clear images most of time . One of the best bang for the dollar cameras , at least in the past year.

Weakness: battery life . A little awkward and time needed to getting use to. Focus misses too often, especially in low light, not a great macro

Its all been said, except I will add this . I worry a bit about Minolta construction and wish they had accessories but this camera is worth every cent paid and I had allot of cameras . What the heck more can one say, it rocks.

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4 Star Review   By member pj819 - Dec 10, 2002   

Strengths: 4.0 Mega pixels. Resolution option (high or low)when saving your pictures. Light weight and easy to use. 1 minute video capability.

Weakness: Eats batteries!! Really eats batteries!! Not enough space on the flash card included.

After purchasing the power cord, 3 sets of rechargeable batteries, 2 chargers and a bigger flash card, it's still a great choice. I'd buy it again. ....but it sure would be nice to know all this up front. There's nothing worse than getting home with a new toy and running into problem after problem before you get everything straight.

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5 Star Review   By member Lem Metro - Aug 10, 2002   

Strengths: Minolta's GT 4X optical zoom, 4MP CCD, 32MB buffer memory, price, size & feel, manual control options, B&W photo capability, photo quality is fantastic.

Weakness: Battery life is terrible. No microdrive! Slow Tiff file transfer, mounting screw offset too far, 400 ISO max, limited flash options.

I own, love and use a Sony DSC-S75 3.3MP digicam. After extensive searching for my first 4 or 5MP platform, the Minolta S404 became the obvious choice for several reasons. First price. I don't think there is a bigger bang for the buck in the digital camera world. Second is the lens itself. Minolta GT lenses rival Sony's Carl Zeiss or Nikon's optics. Again it's 4X, focuses quickly and yields great results. Versatility. The S-404 has just about everything the serious photographer could want except shutter speed priority mode. The photographs this camera takes are excellent. TIFF files blow up sharp and clear with professional results. Low compression JPG files at 2272 X 1704 resolution are nearly as impressive. Lots of quick access buttons assist in changes. Good instruction manual comes in handy in the field while learning all the functions. Plug and play simplicity for downloading files quickly. A few minor beefs are: Flash options seem limited. 800 ISO would be a nice addition. Only supports Compact flash type I memory. 16MB comes with it. 256MB or 512MB wouldn't be a bad idea. Fast speed memory is essential for TIFF file transfers, which can last 60 seconds. Sucks batteries like water. Investing in rechargeable type is essential. You will need to spend a few bucks on accessories in addition to around $450.00 for the camera. Overall, I highly recommend the S404 to enthusiasts and professionals alike.

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4 Star Review   By member pauljesharris - Jul 17, 2002   

Strengths: EXCELLENT PICTURES ON AUTO MODE. I WAS ABLE TO START TAKING PICTURES RIGHT OUT OF THE BOX. HAS A LOT OF OPTIONS AND CONTROLS FOR MORE SERIOUS PHOTOGRAPHERS.

Weakness: THE MOUNT FOR THE TRIPOD IS OFF TO THE SIDE. I TRIED TAKING A PICTURE USING A CRAPPY TRIPOD & THE CAMERA WOULDN'T SIT LEVEL. I WILL TRY A BETTER QUALITY TRIPOD BEFORE MY FINAL RULING ON THIS ISSUE.

I PRINTED SOME PICTURES (4 X 6) AND THEY LOOKED LIKE THEY WERE DONE PROFESSIONALY! I WAS BLOWN AWAY AT THE QUALITY USING MY FREE PRINTER THAT CAME WITH MY DELL AND KODAK PAPER. I USED THE FINE MODE AND AM SURE THAT IF I USED THE SUPER FINE (TIFF) I COULD STILL GET QUALITY PRINTS @ 8 X 10 OR EVEN LARGER.

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4 Star Review   By member kwcard - Jun 18, 2002   

Strengths: very good quality pictures, even in standard mode. Most of mine look very much like a high end 35mm camera. Has alot of options to choose from for different effects.

Weakness: Sux batteries. Double sux batteries. Dont even think about using alkaline batteries.

This camera offers exceptional image quality in auto mode. I took a few pictures in a room with very little light and used the flash on the camera and the picture was exceptional. Didnt get the "noise" found in lower resolution cameras. This camera also has an aluminum case which makes you feel good about how it was built. There are also alot of accessories available on the market for this camera. The only thing I would not of minded seeing would have been a larger size compact flash card and better battery solution than the alkaline. However both of these accessories can be had for less than $100.

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4 Star Review   By member arabisc - Apr 30, 2002   

Strengths: 4 MP for the price of 3, 4X zoom, Sharp and vivid pictures

Weakness: Software modification is a must to get the most of your pictures. Comes without a carrying bag, randomly would generate error reading from CF " see notes " and of course, EATS Battary

One of the most bang for the bucks out there, The camera outperforms similar or even slightly higher priced cameras on the market nowadays. With 4mp and 4X optical zoom, any casual photography should look no further than the S404. The camera itself is solid built and compact that feels good in your hands Pros: * AGAIN 4 MP censor * 4X OPTICAL zoom * 32M SDRAM " it makes a difference for consecutive pictures and auto drive" * Video mode WITH voice * Accept some additional lenses and filters " for photo geeks " * AA Batteries !! * For mid 400 $ price mark, this baby is a bargin, no a steal ! Cons: * you need the software to 'tweak' your photo to the best * Although it has a Video capability, It is not intended for movie recording, remember it is NOT a video camera * 16 MB CF for 4 mp camera is a joke, get at least 256 mb CF " high speed recommended " I got the Lexar 12X * Does not support Type II CF " no hope for Microdrive " * Do not even think about relying on Alkine battery, as with any other Digicam, buy NiMH with 1600MAh or better and save your self a fortune * Minolta should have thrown in a camera case, however Minolta's own cases are another joke, you should look for camera case elsewhere * I am getting occasional error while the camera is trying to save pictures to the CF. I am not sure if this is a camera issue or CF issu * BE AWARE OF SCAM ARTISTS WHO WILL TRY TO SELL YOU THE CAMERA AT LOW PRICE WITHOUT USA WARRANTY. Bottom line, a powerful digital camera that beats the competitors deeply in the price mark.

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5 Star Review   By member Richnan - Apr 20, 2002   

Strengths: Excellent images both in TIF and JPG. Solid construction, feels like a real camera.

Weakness: Slow to write TIFFs to CF card. CF2 compatability would have been nice( the Canon S40 has it!)

Overall an excellent product, though it had to be replaced after 2 days when the focusing rack went u/s.My first serious Digi, having always used 35mm.I am very impressed with the image quality at both TIF and JPG. Extensive menus for both auto and manual operation. Well made , solid product. I would rocemmed it to any semi serious amateur.

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Product Details
Description
4.0 Megapixel, 1/1.8 type CCDMinolta GT Lens (all-glass APO lens)4x optical zoomMinolta CxProcess image processingUltra-fast operationAdvanced AF & AE32MB buffer memoryHigh-grade aluminum body
Quick Glance
LCD Screen Size 1.8 in
Memory Card Support CompactFlash (CF) Card
Camera Type Compact Camera
Effective Megapixels 4 Megapixel
Image Stabilization
Lens Mount Fixed
normalized-Optical Zoom 4
normalized-Weight 11.82
Summary
Product Title Konica Minolta Minolta Digimax S404 4 Megapixel Compact Camera
Manufacturer Konica Minolta
Power Score 4.4 | 8 Reviews
Image Processor
Total Pixels: 4100000
Image Sensor: CCD
Other Features
Maximum Video Capture Resolution: 320 x 240
Interface Connection: 1 x USB, 1 x Video Out, 1 x DC Power In
Flash: Auto Flash, Red-eye Reduction, Flash OFF
Lens Features
Optical Zoom: 4 X
Digital Zoom: 2.2x
Focal Length: 7.15 mm to 28.60 mm
Max Aperture: 3.0 1/f
Storage
Installed Memory: 16 MB
Removable Flash Memory Included: 16 MB CompactFlash (CF) Card
Dimensions
Height: 2.5 in
Weight: 11.82 oz
Width: 4.5 in
Depth: 2.3 in
Reference
Warranty Information: 1 Year Limited
URL: Manufacturer Link
Additional Specifications
Viewfinder Type: Optical
Image Format: DCF, DPOF, JPEG, TIFF
Max Focal Length: 28.6 mm
Shortest Shutter Speed: 1/1000 Second
Video Capture Format: AVI
Print Format: C (Classic), P (Panoramic)
Features: LCD Display, Macro Mode, Red-eye reduction, Selective Image Deletion, Self Timer
Metering Characteristics: Spot
Minimum Shutter Speed: 4 sec.
Min Focus Distance: 6.3 in
Description: 0
Max Zoom: 8.8 X
Camera Modes: Scene Modes: Macro Portrait Landscape Night portrait Text Macro & Text Digital Effects: Exposure Color saturation Contrast Continuous Shooting: Approx. 1.3 fps
HD Movie Mode: No
Frequency Band: Movie recording: Max. 60 seconds with audio (monaural) Sensitivity: Auto ISO 64 ISO 100 ISO 200 ISO 400
Maximum Shutter Speed: 1000 1/f
Exposure Settings: Aperture Priority, Auto Exposure, Manual Exposure, Multiple Program Modes
Memory Card Type Include: CompactFlash (CF) Card
Battery Include: Yes
Product Series: S
Maximum Frame Rate: 15 frames/s (fps)
White Balance: Auto, Preset Modes
Focus Features: Auto Focus, Manual Focus
GPS: No
Software Included: ArcSoft PhotoImpression
General Features: Built-In Auto Flash, Flash Cancel (On/Off), Red-Eye Reduction, Self Timer, Still Image Capture
Lens Construction: 11 Elements in 9 Groups
Maximum Image Resolution: 2272 x 1704
Included Components: Battery, Carrying Strap, Communication Software, Flash, Lens Cover, Microphone, Recording Media, USB Cable
Image Sensor Quantity: 1
Display Indicators: Battery Level, Exposure Count, Flash Charge, Print Format
Power Source: (4) AA Battery, Nickel Metal Hydride (NiMH) Battery
Image Sensor Size: 0.55 in
Min Aperture: 3 1/f
Focus Type: Auto, Manual
Number of Batteries Support: 4
Image Capacity Standard: 65
Battery Built-in: No
ISO Equivalencies: 100, 200, 400, 64
Frames per Second: 1.3 frames/s (fps)
Max Horizontal Image Resolution: 2272 pixels
Min Focal Length: 7.15 mm
Included Software: Editing Software
Max Vertical Image Resolution: 1704 pixels
User Reviews
5 Star Review   By member winhto - Jan 25, 2004   

Weakness: Batteries life is short but you can always buy the rechargeable kind for digital cameras and have an ac adaptor with it and you are all set

Have this camera and used it for all occasions and love it. I have also purchased a remote and a few flash cards with the speed of 12X and 40X and when I used the SF mode the speed of transferring the pictures to the card is exceptional. Yes, I had purchased several things to go with this camera but it is worth it for all I needed. Would highly recommend it.

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4 Star Review   By member rickfox - May 22, 2003   

Strengths: fantastic image in good light , Fantastic bang for the buck, Fantastic clear images most of time . One of the best bang for the dollar cameras , at least in the past year.

Weakness: battery life . A little awkward and time needed to getting use to. Focus misses too often, especially in low light, not a great macro

Its all been said, except I will add this . I worry a bit about Minolta construction and wish they had accessories but this camera is worth every cent paid and I had allot of cameras . What the heck more can one say, it rocks.

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4 Star Review   By member pj819 - Dec 10, 2002   

Strengths: 4.0 Mega pixels. Resolution option (high or low)when saving your pictures. Light weight and easy to use. 1 minute video capability.

Weakness: Eats batteries!! Really eats batteries!! Not enough space on the flash card included.

After purchasing the power cord, 3 sets of rechargeable batteries, 2 chargers and a bigger flash card, it's still a great choice. I'd buy it again. ....but it sure would be nice to know all this up front. There's nothing worse than getting home with a new toy and running into problem after problem before you get everything straight.

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5 Star Review   By member Lem Metro - Aug 10, 2002   

Strengths: Minolta's GT 4X optical zoom, 4MP CCD, 32MB buffer memory, price, size & feel, manual control options, B&W photo capability, photo quality is fantastic.

Weakness: Battery life is terrible. No microdrive! Slow Tiff file transfer, mounting screw offset too far, 400 ISO max, limited flash options.

I own, love and use a Sony DSC-S75 3.3MP digicam. After extensive searching for my first 4 or 5MP platform, the Minolta S404 became the obvious choice for several reasons. First price. I don't think there is a bigger bang for the buck in the digital camera world. Second is the lens itself. Minolta GT lenses rival Sony's Carl Zeiss or Nikon's optics. Again it's 4X, focuses quickly and yields great results. Versatility. The S-404 has just about everything the serious photographer could want except shutter speed priority mode. The photographs this camera takes are excellent. TIFF files blow up sharp and clear with professional results. Low compression JPG files at 2272 X 1704 resolution are nearly as impressive. Lots of quick access buttons assist in changes. Good instruction manual comes in handy in the field while learning all the functions. Plug and play simplicity for downloading files quickly. A few minor beefs are: Flash options seem limited. 800 ISO would be a nice addition. Only supports Compact flash type I memory. 16MB comes with it. 256MB or 512MB wouldn't be a bad idea. Fast speed memory is essential for TIFF file transfers, which can last 60 seconds. Sucks batteries like water. Investing in rechargeable type is essential. You will need to spend a few bucks on accessories in addition to around $450.00 for the camera. Overall, I highly recommend the S404 to enthusiasts and professionals alike.

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4 Star Review   By member pauljesharris - Jul 17, 2002   

Strengths: EXCELLENT PICTURES ON AUTO MODE. I WAS ABLE TO START TAKING PICTURES RIGHT OUT OF THE BOX. HAS A LOT OF OPTIONS AND CONTROLS FOR MORE SERIOUS PHOTOGRAPHERS.

Weakness: THE MOUNT FOR THE TRIPOD IS OFF TO THE SIDE. I TRIED TAKING A PICTURE USING A CRAPPY TRIPOD & THE CAMERA WOULDN'T SIT LEVEL. I WILL TRY A BETTER QUALITY TRIPOD BEFORE MY FINAL RULING ON THIS ISSUE.

I PRINTED SOME PICTURES (4 X 6) AND THEY LOOKED LIKE THEY WERE DONE PROFESSIONALY! I WAS BLOWN AWAY AT THE QUALITY USING MY FREE PRINTER THAT CAME WITH MY DELL AND KODAK PAPER. I USED THE FINE MODE AND AM SURE THAT IF I USED THE SUPER FINE (TIFF) I COULD STILL GET QUALITY PRINTS @ 8 X 10 OR EVEN LARGER.

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4 Star Review   By member kwcard - Jun 18, 2002   

Strengths: very good quality pictures, even in standard mode. Most of mine look very much like a high end 35mm camera. Has alot of options to choose from for different effects.

Weakness: Sux batteries. Double sux batteries. Dont even think about using alkaline batteries.

This camera offers exceptional image quality in auto mode. I took a few pictures in a room with very little light and used the flash on the camera and the picture was exceptional. Didnt get the "noise" found in lower resolution cameras. This camera also has an aluminum case which makes you feel good about how it was built. There are also alot of accessories available on the market for this camera. The only thing I would not of minded seeing would have been a larger size compact flash card and better battery solution than the alkaline. However both of these accessories can be had for less than $100.

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4 Star Review   By member arabisc - Apr 30, 2002   

Strengths: 4 MP for the price of 3, 4X zoom, Sharp and vivid pictures

Weakness: Software modification is a must to get the most of your pictures. Comes without a carrying bag, randomly would generate error reading from CF " see notes " and of course, EATS Battary

One of the most bang for the bucks out there, The camera outperforms similar or even slightly higher priced cameras on the market nowadays. With 4mp and 4X optical zoom, any casual photography should look no further than the S404. The camera itself is solid built and compact that feels good in your hands Pros: * AGAIN 4 MP censor * 4X OPTICAL zoom * 32M SDRAM " it makes a difference for consecutive pictures and auto drive" * Video mode WITH voice * Accept some additional lenses and filters " for photo geeks " * AA Batteries !! * For mid 400 $ price mark, this baby is a bargin, no a steal ! Cons: * you need the software to 'tweak' your photo to the best * Although it has a Video capability, It is not intended for movie recording, remember it is NOT a video camera * 16 MB CF for 4 mp camera is a joke, get at least 256 mb CF " high speed recommended " I got the Lexar 12X * Does not support Type II CF " no hope for Microdrive " * Do not even think about relying on Alkine battery, as with any other Digicam, buy NiMH with 1600MAh or better and save your self a fortune * Minolta should have thrown in a camera case, however Minolta's own cases are another joke, you should look for camera case elsewhere * I am getting occasional error while the camera is trying to save pictures to the CF. I am not sure if this is a camera issue or CF issu * BE AWARE OF SCAM ARTISTS WHO WILL TRY TO SELL YOU THE CAMERA AT LOW PRICE WITHOUT USA WARRANTY. Bottom line, a powerful digital camera that beats the competitors deeply in the price mark.

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5 Star Review   By member Richnan - Apr 20, 2002   

Strengths: Excellent images both in TIF and JPG. Solid construction, feels like a real camera.

Weakness: Slow to write TIFFs to CF card. CF2 compatability would have been nice( the Canon S40 has it!)

Overall an excellent product, though it had to be replaced after 2 days when the focusing rack went u/s.My first serious Digi, having always used 35mm.I am very impressed with the image quality at both TIF and JPG. Extensive menus for both auto and manual operation. Well made , solid product. I would rocemmed it to any semi serious amateur.

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