Product Reviews (26)
I read reviews and noted not one...
Strengths: 5.0, ease of use, price, dual memory, size, looks.
Weakness: none so far
I read reviews and noted not one person noted a triangular shape on the bottom right corner of the view finder. I thought something was wrong and took back to Costco but 2nd one has it too. I emailed Minolta and they said it is normal for this camera but does not affect picture printing, which I confirmed. Has anyone else noticed this?
Otherwise I love this camera.
By piseas - Aug 25, 2004
Love the camera but I wish it had...
Strengths: size, style, two mem slots, fast start up.
Weakness: low battert life, no zoom in movie mode, small LCD screen
Love the camera but I wish it had a bigger battery. I did not get much time out of it when using the flash. However I got an extra battery for $10 so all should be well. Menu is a little cumbersome at first but gets easier.
Overall im very happy with the camera
Oh, I noticed the "triangle in the view finder" also as stated.. what causes it is that you are "seeing" the telescopic lense. If you open the front with the camera off (no lens extension) you do not see the dreaded "triangle" :)
By steve1969ls1 - Nov 29, 2004
I am an avid photographer. I...
Strengths: Compact, light, sharp pictures, many features including macro zoom, takes 2 kinds of memory sticks.
Weakness: No underwater case for it(yet).
I am an avid photographer. I especially like taking travel photos as my wife and I travel as often as we can. On our last trip to Cozumel, I took this camera and my trusty Canon EOS Elan. The Canon never came out of the case!
This camera does everything I ask of it and more. In fact, I am so happy with this camera I can only see myself getting a digital SLR for expanding the lens/ exposure options.
One last tip, buy the camera from Costco. They have a lifetime replacement policy. When they come out with a camera with more bells and whistles, just get your money back minus the shipping charges and upgrade.
By uncadoo - Nov 27, 2003
I bought this camera as an upgrade...
Strengths: small size, high resolution, easy to use, intuitive functions
Weakness: I'm getting more red eye than usual, even with the red-eye reduction flash, but it only happens rarely.
I bought this camera as an upgrade from my original Olympus model. And it sure is an upgrade. It is smaller, has a higher resolution, can take 30 second movies (with sound!!!!) and looks very stylish. All my friends want to get rid of their old ones and get one of these.
Since it uses a custom battery I recommend buying a spare to keep on hand for trips and such.
By jwpeterson - Jan 26, 2004
in the reviews on the other...
Strengths: very good camera of steel and protect the lens very safely. you don't even need manual to read through, except for installation on your pc. ít's a very friendly camera.
Weakness: battery could go longer. but you can make aproxiamately 100 photo's with a full battery. i must say that's a lot.
in the reviews on the other internet pages i saw that this camera is not so populair like canon. however, the camera shows what is its made of and preforms very well.
in dark as well in daylight. i must say that when somebody taking a picture of me, i get red eye effect. but that's not so bad. the light/flasher is very good, you can make good distance photo's with it. i keep my g500 always on 5 milj. pixels because i use the photo's to make a vcd. ít's like a living picture what you get. the menu is very simple, though it seems like it has very options, but just practise and you ll get there.
i can recommend everyone who is looking for a digital camera to choose this one. you don't need the manual at all.
a huge plus point for this camera is: memorystick and sd memory at the same time. memorystick's used most of all by sony is very modern memorycard and its lot quicker than compactflash and a little bit better than sd card. this memorystick will overrule in the future, watch my word.
with quicker i mean ... when you make a photo, the camera, the trasferring time is very fast. so you can make a lot of snapshot's at once with the memorystick.
By izzycerino - May 2, 2004
I was very impressed with the...
Strengths: Excellent images; durable and rugged construction; 5 megapixels; short movies with sound; very portable
Weakness: Does not provide RAW format (small complaint)
I was very impressed with the quality of the images I took, even on a cloudy overcast day, they came out very rich in color and highly detailed. Indoor shots came out beautiful with skin tones looking very natural even with the flash. I used the Cannon PowerShot S50 as a benchmark for comparrison and found I got 90% of the same features for $300 vs. $500. This is my first digital camera (long time 35mm SLR user), and am very pleased with my purchase. Reccomend it to anyone looking for good quality and ease of use.
By babalouie - Dec 28, 2003
I am happier with this product...
Strengths: See below
Weakness: See below
I am happier with this product than I've ever been with anything I've ever purchased. I am the sort of person who is critical of everything, but the features and performance of this thing blows me away.
I paid $198.01, though best buy sells it for $399 and Amazon says its suggested retail price is $600.
The pictures are great, even in low light when you don't expect them to be good.
There are several different picture resolutions
2592 x 1944 which is 5 million pixels
2048 x 1536
1600 x 1200
640 x 480
then you can change the JPEG compression if you want from normal to fine. On the top settings a picture will be 1.8 Megabytes. The camera will only hold 6 of these until you dump them on your hard drive. On the lowest setting (640 x 480) the camera will hold 132 pictures.
This is with the 16 Megabyte SD memory card that comes with it. It also has a slot for a memory stick. It can use both at the same time. I'm purchasing a 256 megabyte memory stick ($70) which will allow me to take over 100 high resolution pictures without downloading them onto my computer.
Don't bother with a memory stick reader unless you plan to take over 200 high resolution pictures at a time (or 4000 low resolution snapshots). Moving pictures from the camera to the computer is as easy as pluging it in to your USB port (you may not have one if your computer is over 3 years old). On both PC's and Macintoshes, its icon appears and it works like a hard drive. You just pull the folder full of pictures onto your computer's hard drive. Then you can erase them from the camera and start shooting again.
The battery charges in about 2 1/2 hours. I bought an extra one for $14.99 + $3 S&H (look on pricegrabber .com).
It takes a respectable 30 second movie. It has a built in Microphone for this purpose. When you play the movie back on its built in LCD screen, the sound plays through a tiny built in speaker. I discovered today that you can record a sound memo to each picture (like "this is a picture of the Grand Canyon" or whatever). Could be very useful at the zoo.
The outer case is aluminum. It turns off and on by sliding open the front.
Some people complain that the 4-way button on the back is too small. I have no problems with it at all.
size 3 3/4 inches wide
2 3/8 inches tall
1 3/8 inches deep
So it's a bit larger than a pack of cigarettes.
For them to be able to pack all this into such a small box is incredibly impressive.
Now there are some things that I would like then to include.
A hard sided case, so I could toss it in my back seat or pack it without worrying
A larger memory card, or a coupon so I could buy one through Minolta for a lot
less than I paid.
An extra battery, or a coupon so I could buy one through Minolta for a lot
less than I paid would also have been great.
And while I'm dreaming, I'd also like them to give it to me for free.
I've owned it for about a week, so I cannot comment on durability.
Look at the positive reviews On Amazon out of 17 ratings, there are
14 5-star ratings
2 4-star rating
1 3-star rating
On this site only one guy didn't like it because the metal showed his fingerprints. Wel maybe he'd like a nice plastic camera, but I'll take metal anytime.
No I don't work for Minolta, I just love this little camera.
By zornzorn10 - Feb 3, 2004
I purchased a leather case and 256...
Strengths: Compact body and rugged case. Good Zoom for such a small camera.
Weakness: Little longer delay than I like on taking a snap shot. Longer battery life would be nice.
I purchased a leather case and 256 SD Memory stick with it and it makes taking ALOT of pictures on vaction much nicer, instead of having to always download the pictures from limited 16MB factory SD memory card. The camera outta the box was easy to figure out and use without cracking the user guide. Once you get you inital Time, Date, and Resolution set-up your good to go. The camera marrys up to your PC with a supplied USB Cable and without any software using XP it creates the camera as a USB drive. This makes it easy to pull-down the specific pictures you want or do a slide show right off the camera. I paid aound $300.00 for the camera w/shipping and an additional $80 for the case and 256 SD card. If you looking for a good 5Mpixel camera this is one. Search frequently on pricegrabber.com for it. I noticed the price of it changed daily. The lowest I saw it after a 2 week search was $267.00 + S/H ($20-$30)
By kevin7johnson - Apr 5, 2004
Now please read this carefully! I...
Strengths: Smallness and Value!
Weakness: It is only a 3X digital camera.
Now please read this carefully! I am no digital camera guru at all! I am just your average Mom, who is a bit busier than I really want to be at times. I just want to share with you a few things about our family experiences with the Minolta G 500 digital camera.
This is a great little digital camera. The photos are sharp and clear. You know, the kind that you are not afraid to show to Grandma. Personally, I am a beginning scrapbook'er and I love taking the digital photos from this little digital camera and integrating them into a great looking page.
The kids also use this digital camera a lot and seem to get even better reults with their digital photos than I do! The Minolta G500 is very affordable (we bought ours for a cruise this past fall) and it is really easy to use. Remember I warned you. I am not a digital camera guru.
This is just a fun digital camera that everyone in the family seems to enjoy using a lot. Take a look at it, please, we think it is really great!
By softlyspoken - Nov 16, 2003
Comes with very small 16mb sd...
Strengths: sharpness, takes sd memory and stick memory,Takes multiple pictures quickly. Has video with sound!
Weakness: Very small. Not made for big hands or camera cases.
Comes with very small 16mb sd disk. Recommend buying a 256mb to carry everything u would ever need. Also buy another battery. Battery life is good on this thing but since it completly runs on battery it wouldn't hurt to have spare. This camera is perfect for capturing small items.
By phjunior - Oct 15, 2003
I v used it for about 1 months and...
Strengths: very compact,durable,high image quality, ease of use, portable,
Weakness: shortage of battery life
I v used it for about 1 months and have taken about 1000 pics with it. i m satisfied with my purchase. I havent read the manual since I had used it for so long, while everthing is so obviously, and you dont need to bothering the manual or the cd included. The built in flash is also very good, but a little too strong, since i v switched it to the lowest output,especially when indoor use.
The only thing i m not satisfied with is the battery life.
normaly I can only take about 60-70 pics with the Lcd on.
And the battery goes to its end though it still indicates the half-life. so you need another spare. Sd card is ok, the speed when writing is also good, it only takes longer when use long exposure time such as 5 seconds.
The only thing you d pay attention is to avoide touching the lens when the cover slides to the right, pitty, it cant use a filter to protect the lens.
all in all, everthing is satisfied when you dont mind the short battery life.
By Wang Yuan from Beijing - Jan 21, 2004
This camera is excellent, I...
Strengths: great flash, high resolution, excellent macro focus
Weakness: only comes with 16meg card, SD and Memory Stick are expensive
This camera is excellent, I stumbled accross it when looking for an ultracompact camera. It has none of the major compromises often seen on a small camera including high noise in dark shots, soft pictures from compact lens, no manual controls, and weak flash. If you were looking at the s400 as your main choice, the g500 is a much better option or the upcoming g400 may also work for you as well.
By spikemike - Oct 15, 2003
This is my first digital camera,...
Strengths: Small, compact, very easy to use. Very sleek and stylish.
Weakness: The few night shots I took did not come out as well as I had hoped. (Perhaps this is not peculiar to the DiMAGE G500.)
This is my first digital camera, and my friends tell me that I got it for a steal. For its price (it was going for $315 on www.beachcamera.com, incl tax and shipping) and many advanced features, there is hardly more one could ask for. I took it with me to Lake Tahoe over the Thanksgiving break, and the pictures we took while snowboarding turned out great. Unless other models come out soon, I am inclined to believe that this will be a very very popular camera.
By wilfredwee - Dec 2, 2003
Bought the camera on-line for...
Strengths: Compact, light
Weakness: Delay when pushing button and picture taken, digital cameras do this. Manual doesn't explain how to use camera options very well. Not much memory given with the stock memory card.
Bought the camera on-line for around $300 dollars. Great to be able to see the pictures you take instantly. Manual doesn't really explain how to use/set all the options available on the camera. Stock memory card is very low, bought a 256 mb card. Delay when hitting button and actual picture is taken. Alot of pictures came out blurred until I got used to holding camera still a few seconds after hitting the button for a picture.
By fzane - Jan 28, 2004
Very rugged, easy to use and just...
Strengths: 5 megapixel, light weight, picture quality very good, price is very competitve compared to other brands of the similar quality.
Weakness: comes with only 16MB memory card, separate battery recharger, easy to get fingerprints on the camera case
Very rugged, easy to use and just a fun camera to have. Even my 5 year old daughter found it very easy to use. I upgraded the memory to 256MB which gave me the flexibility to take lots of pictures at high resolution mode. When set to 5MP resolution and file compressed mode, average file size is about 1.5MB. Roughly 160 pictures can be stored. I like the movie mode. It allowed me to take movie clips about 30 seconds long which I can email to relatives and friends.
By alo087 - Dec 17, 2003
Actually, I find the flash is...
Strengths: Fine ergonomics, easily pocketable, fast start-up, beautiful results, from macros under a desk lamp to wide-open outdoors. Love the sliding door to hide lens, etc, especially in dusty pockets ...
Weakness: The ONLY thing I'd change is the fingerprinting issue - a factor with stainless steel. But that case is sturdy.
Actually, I find the flash is terrific. VERY bright for subjects 15 feet or more away, and self-adjusting so as not to wash out when used on closer subjects. A terrific buy. A combination of features, design, price and, lest we forget, great results.
By satnitcboy - Nov 10, 2003
This is my second Minolta...
Strengths: Compact size, clamshell design, high pixels--5mpxl, Canon camera reputation, two storage modes.
Weakness: The metal surrounding the end of my lens on my first camera got clipped off by the clamshell.
This is my second Minolta DiMAGE500 because my first one got stolen while vacationing in Costa Rica. The controls are intuitive in that I don't need to refer to the manual often to figure out how to change the various setting. I just love the size and solid feel of the camera. The picture resolution is great compared to my first digital camera, a Sony 1.3mpxl. I paid over $450 for the first Minolta DiMAGE500 and the current price of $307 was a great benefit.
By huntforgold - Dec 4, 2003
I am a previous digital camera...
Strengths: Easy to install and easy to use software. Camera is very user friendly and is easy to use. Very fast. I also like the fact that you can use different types of memory. (SD, MMC, and memory stick.
Weakness: Almost to small for big hands.
I am a previous digital camera owner. My previous camera was a Fujifilm and very easy to use. This camera is very easy to use and has more options with the new technology like the video mode and digital zoom, etc.,etc.. Price was less even though this is a 5.0 camera versus my previous 1.3 camera.
By edbertjohn - Jan 26, 2004
After extensive reseach I...
Strengths: Pros: Size Durability Manual features
Weakness: Cons: Metal casing needs constant cleaning from fingerprints
After extensive reseach I purchased this camera and its by far the best camera I own. It has both automatic features for ease of use and manual exposuer settings for the hobbiest. It size is perfect, it is small but not to small to hold comfortably in your hand. The cameras 30 second video clips is also a welcome feature. I highly recomend this camera and would purchase it again.
By blade2019 - Oct 29, 2003
Bought my camera from Newegg after...
Strengths: Small, light, fast startup, fast picture taking, low shutter lag
Weakness: pixel problem with my camera
Bought my camera from Newegg after exchanging it with a Minolta Dimage G400 that had a pixel problem.
The G500 had the same problem! Every picture had a bright white/green spot, and it was visible on the LCD screen as well as the pictures. I sent it out for repair and hopefully will be enojying the camera in a couple months. Will update further when it comes back.
By blackcapten - Jun 15, 2004
I had this camera for 5 days and...
Strengths: Small, compact, attractive in design, 3x zoom, 5 meg
Weakness: finger prints show terrible, can see side of lens in viewfinder on wide angle, pictures are dark when taken indoors, LCD hard to read due to small print
I had this camera for 5 days and returned it for a refund. I was completely dissatisfied with the pictures taken indoors, they were dark. Finger prints look terrible on the stainless steel case. When looking through the view finder on wide angle you can see the side of the lens, not good! I called Minolta two times and ended up with a technician that suggested I return the camera. Bottom line, Minolta needs to do some design modification before they release any more of these cameras. DO NOT RECCOMMEND.
By cphdrider - Jan 21, 2004
FANTASTIC LITTLE CAMERA
I had many digital cameras and more megapixels then this one i can tell you this is my best camera ever
some times come out blurry but what camera does not do that?
i recommend this little camera to everybody and i have no complains about this one
By marinera - Jul 17, 2007
Love this camera!
Strengths: Great point and shoot, easy to use
Weakness: Slow recovery time between pictures
I really like this camera! It is super easy to use and takes really nice pictures. It does better with indoor pictures and it takes better portraits than action shots, but still, those are pretty minor complaints. You will definitely want a bigger memory card, 16 mb is pretty small! It doesn't take very good super close-ups--I tried to use it to take pictures of biological specimans, and they never turned out well, but I don't think many people will be using this camera for that. The one thing that really bugs me about this camera is that it has a slow recovery time between photos, making it hard to take candid shots. If you are a novice photographer, this is a perfect camera for you! It is a great intro into the digital world.
By anonymous; - Aug 3, 2006
Konica Minolta Dimage G500
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konica minolta dimage g500 digital camera
Konica Minolta Dimage G500 Digital Camera receives an overall TopTenREVIEWS score of 2.68 out of 4.00. It is ranked the #127 standard digital camera of all time. The overall rating represents an intelligent balance of features, value as a function of price to features, and a summary of reviews from a variety of sources. The TopTen REVIEWS' formula gives a picture of important consumer features,...
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The Minolta DiMAGE G500 is a nice little 5-megapixel subcompact model with good picture quality and a rugged all-metal case. Fast zoom, easy menus, and an unusually bright LCD make an appealing package, but I wasn't so keen on its slower-than-average shutter delay. Still though, well worth a look if you're in the market for a compact 5-megapixel digicam.
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