Minolta Dimage s404 review

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Jan 16, 2002
The S404 offers both a real-image optical viewfinder and a 1.8-inch color LCD monitor for composing images. In Playback mode, the LCD features an optional histogram display for checking exposure. The S404 uses a Minolta GT 4x lens, with a focal range from 7.15-28.6mm lens, the equivalent of a 35-140mm lens on a 35mm camera. Featuring a telescoping design, the lens extends outward from the camera body whenever powered on, and likewise retracts when not in use. In past reviews, I've found Minolta's GT lenses quite impressive, and the lens on the S404 seems to follow suit, with excellent sharpness, and unusually low distortion and chromatic aberration. A plastic lens cap protects the lens surface from scratches, and includes a tether that attaches it to the camera body to prevent accidental loss. The S404 allows both automatic and manual focus control, with a five-point selectable focus area for the autofocus system. A Full-Time AF option causes the camera to continually adjust the focus, allowing you to "track" moving subjects.

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