Should I replace my Minolta?
I've been using the Minolta Dimage E201 since 2001, bought for me as a gift (my first digital camera). When I first got it I thought it was a pretty good camera. I liked the design and the very sturdy build. However after a a few years of use I realize it has some shortcomings, and may be getting a new camera to replace it. The camera is 2.3MP which was good enough at the time. However there is no optical zoom, which is quite a limiting factor when you can't get closer to a subject.

This can be solved by raising the exposure compensation. Another problem is blurry pictures. It seems the autofocus performs very poorly indoors, even when there is plenty of light and no need for flash. Often I have trouble getting a focus lock and have to release the shutter and try again. The AF is usually quite slow, and terrible for getting objects in motion...

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Keep in mind that some things are pretty generic, lcd visibility in intense light situations, poorer performnace at higher iso's, etc. But assuming you check features, getting better results from higher resolutions, added zoom range, etc., shouldn't be a problem. Read the reviews carefully and try out the new camera (any new one) in the shop as well...

Comment #1

Well I had a service plan from PC Richard where the camera was purchased. Good thing too, they looked at it and said that the LCD is bad and will be replaced. Hopefully I will have it back in 10 days. I'd still like to eventually replace my Minolta though. But I just couldn't use it the way it was, could barely see the LCD screen at all at daytime...

Comment #2

Sounds like you've already answered your own question. With all the "issues" you discuss with your current camera, I'd say you're ready for a step upalthough I think you might look around a bit more beyond the Kodak. I confess I know nothing first-hand about the DX4530, but I've read (and heard from online users) that it has an unusually high level of purple fringing (chromatic aberration) that tends to upset users. Try doing a Google search for "DX4530" and "purple fringing" and see what you find. There are lots of other good cameras out there, and it will probably pay off to do a bit more homework. As yourself what you need in terms of size, features (manual settings, etc.), and application (do you plan to use this for printing out?, or mostly for a website? etc.)...

Comment #3

Well, first of all I'd like a camera with an optical zoom, preferable 3x like the Kodak. I'd also like a camera with modes that are good for night and fast (sports) scenes. The Kodak supports that, and has settings for auto, night, landscape, macro, and sports. I also want a long exposure mode (for up to 3 seconds)for those night scenes with little light. I wouldn't mind doing some astro-photography (photos of the stars at night). Of course I understand a tripod is needed for low light situations.


The Kodak 4530 has that all, and I like the size and shape of it. However if purple fringing will be a significant problem, I'll rule out getting that camera. My old camera, despite it's problems, never gave images false colors.

I also like the models Canon has out, but they are more money and many are bulkier...

Comment #4

It depends on how serious you want to get. I just sold my Kodak 4530. It was ok nothing to warrant 300.00.

Required a lot of light, focus was ok. Pictures, as long as you had a lot of light, were good.

I just purchased a Minolta A1, I almost went with the Digital Rebel, but the features of the Minolta blew me away.

The images are incredible, many focus modes Flex focus mode.

Great flash.This is one camera that fits the bill.

Includes charger and battery.

You an find them for 675.00 on the net. Best place is Buy Digital..

Comment #5

The Kodak sounds too much like my Minolta E201. It needs alot of light to get good photos, which is a big drawback for indoor and low daylight photos. I dont like using flash and avoid it most of the time because it distorts photos.

According to the test photos on Steve's digicams, the Kodak DX4530's pictures blows the Minolta Dimage E201 away. But there's no low light photos to compare with.


Http:// I have attached an indoor photo from my Minolta and a fairly well lit mall, which came out blurry. A typical problem with my camera. Attachments:.


Comment #6

I'm leaning more toward the Canon A70. Image quality seems to beat the Kodak despite having less MP. Also there's alot more manual control, which is what I REALLY want in my next camera...

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