Minolta Dimage G400 - My Review

Discussion in 'Minolta' started by AA Bob, Dec 18, 2003.

  1. AA Bob

    AA Bob Guest

    My Minolta Dimage G400 arrived today. I couldn't wait to try the new hybrid
    focusing systems that claims to virtually eliminate shutter lag.

    Here's the quote from Minolta's web site:

    "With an all-new original Signal Processing Engine that excels at high-speed
    processing the G 400 starts up in a mere 0.7 seconds, then it takes only 0.2
    seconds more for auto-focus and auto-exposure measurement - you can turn it
    on and have the first shot taken in just 0.9 seconds. What's more, once the
    AF/AE measurements are complete, shutter release time lag is a virtually
    imperceptible 0.03"

    Thus, I expected total shutter lag to be .23 seconds. I was dissapointed
    to find the actual shutter lag to similar to my other digital point 'n
    shoots . Using some high-tech gear, I timed the autofocus to be consistenly
    between 0.72 and 0.74 seconds. If you include shutter release time, the
    total lag was more like 0.9 seconds. Hardly as advertised.

    Moreover, covering the external focusing sensors with masking tape made no
    difference. I assumed my camera was probably defective or in need of new
    firmware. I called Minolta Tech Support. I spoke to someone right away.
    After describing my problem, they immediately escalated my call to senior
    tech support. The senior tech assured me that the camera was working just
    fine. He even had one in his hands and seemed to have similar shutter lag

    To be fair, I think this model *is* defective and the tech guy didn't know
    what he was talking about.

    Has anyone else had a chance to try one?
    AA Bob, Dec 18, 2003
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  2. AA Bob

    AA Bob Guest

    I should also mention that the camera does allow you to disable the external
    focusing sensor via the menu system. I tried both settings. Neither setting
    (on or off) made a difference.
    AA Bob, Dec 18, 2003
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