Minolta P&S

Discussion in 'Minolta' started by Mr.Bolshoy Huy, Feb 22, 2005.

  1. Many Minolta P&S reviews say the cameras break,
    the support is bad and they want to charge $100 for repairs.
    Are Minolta P&S really that bad?
    I am looking for a P&S with no less than max 120mm zoom.

    should I get a min.28mm instead of a 38mm?
    When taking group shots, or in tight spaces, I suppose it is easier to
    zoom in than to step back.
    Mr.Bolshoy Huy, Feb 22, 2005
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  2. Mr.Bolshoy Huy

    Bill Tuthill Guest

    All P&S cameras, except perhaps the high priced models, have a
    rather short expected lifespan. My Minolta P&S has proved more durable
    than a Konica P&S and an Olympus P&S.
    Main reason is that the 38-NNN zooms where NNN is above 100
    are largely useless at the long end, even with 800 speed film,
    due to small apertures that require slow (long) shutter speeds.
    Bill Tuthill, Feb 22, 2005
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  3. P&S cameras are generally made of plastic, and are more fragile than
    SLRs. Therefore, anyone who is used to the durability of an old SLR
    will consider P&S cameras as fragile. You have to decide if you tend to
    be rough on cameras, and be governed accordingly.
    I have had a Minolta P&S for about 5 years, and am happy with it for the
    candid shots I use it for. It has given me no problems, and the
    resulting photos are reasonably clear and sharp. Their aspherical lenses
    are quite good. I still use an SLR for more serious shooting because of
    the more extensive controls and faster lenses.
    Be aware that anything longer than about 100 mm has limited utility.
    The lenses are small on P&S cameras, which leads to really small f-stops
    at long focal lengths. That means you will likely need fairly fast,
    grainy film, or run the risk of camera shake on scenes where the flash
    is ineffective, i.e. more than about 10 feet away.
    They make a number of cameras in the 28-90 range that are quite useful.
    James Robinson, Feb 23, 2005
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