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Old Jul 16, 2002, 3:35 AM   #1
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Default Minolta s404 or f100?


I was wondering what are the advantages/disadvantages of the Minolta s404 vs f100?

Price(street) seem basically the same(if you search a bit on the web), so apart from the obvious differences (zoom, mem card, form factor), how do these two cameras compare? Things like:
1) Image quality (under various conditions - bright / dark / indoors / etc)
2) Speed (including autofocus - I hear s404 has a problem)
3) etc.

Anyone can give feedback? I've read the reviews on this site, but it's kind of difficult for a newbie like me to see the differences in image qualities(general consensus seem to be 'good') and potential speed issues.
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Old Jul 16, 2002, 5:53 PM   #2
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For most people the answer is simple because the S404 seems to be out of stock nearly everywhere these days. According to the Minolta folks it was a much bigger success then they were ready for and they under-produced the camera. As far as I know they do not plan on making more of them which is a bummer. The S404 at $499 was a killer deal for a real "metal" camera with a 4x lens and 4-megapixels of image resolution.


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Old Nov 11, 2002, 4:01 PM   #3
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Walmart had some S404's I put mine on layaway the same day..
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Old Nov 11, 2002, 8:01 PM   #4
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they both have advantages and disadvantages. The S404 has better lense and the F100 more zoom. There are still some S404 around. try these to help find them.

http://www.yahoo.com then clik shopping

http;//www.resellerratings.com to check vendor ratings.
http://www.bbb.org helps too

i bought my minolta here got free fed ex shipping too. http://www.shopharmony.com and not trying to sell over priced accesories too. NO phone calls camera came in two days. great place.
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Old Nov 11, 2002, 11:44 PM   #5
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Umm it's the otherway around.. The S404 as a 4X lens and the F100 has a 3X lens.
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