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Old Jan 16, 2003, 5:18 PM   #1
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Default Minolta Xi vs Olympus D40 (C40 over here in the UK)

I'm split between these two compact cameras that both seem to be full of great features. I can purchas the Xi for around 275 and the Olympus for around 300, so not a huge difference ($40?).

Both cameras do the basics of what I am looking for, at least 3mp and arround 3x optical zoom with the basic movie functions (ie 30seconds and sound). I'm very tempted by the Xi for its very compact size, and apparent ease of use, but the olympus has more features such as the remote control for taking and reviewing pictures, an output of up to 7mp (although true 4mp), but the size, mainly its thickness at being more than twice the thickness of the Xi is putting me off. The minolta also comes with a rechargable battery, the olympus doesn't but then again the AAs that it uses are cheaper!

The minolta uses SD/MMC memory which is more fture proof than the dying smartmedia, but then again I can get smarmedia for half the price of mmc/sd like for like size!!

The olympus seems to come out very well in the review on this site, but its almost a year older so it would look very good when it first came out, where as now perhaps its a bit out dated?

The olympus shutter can be open for upto 16 seconds which is great for non-flash night shots, but how does 2 seconds compare on the minolta? thats still better than 1/2 on my current fuji camera, right?! help please! The carry anywhere size of the Xi is important to me, but will I regret the smaller list of features in the end?!

It a shame the D40/C40 is so big (well its small to other cameras, but its twice the thickness of the Xi) as I'd go for that straight away even though it is obsolete techology (the C50 has replaced it already).

Your help, thoughts and views are very much appriciated.

Paul
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Old Jan 17, 2003, 1:37 PM   #2
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In fact does anybody out there own either of these cameras and have any positive or negative views of them :?:

Does the minolta suffer from the "barrell" effect at all due to its tiny lens? i've looked at the sample pictures here and although the corners do not appear to be distorted, the upper two corners of most pictures seem to be sligthly darker than the rest of the image.... or have I just answered my own question ?! :P
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Old Jan 17, 2003, 2:17 PM   #3
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I recently purchased the Minolta Dimage Xi. I am a point & shoot person and own a Fuji 4700Z. I hope to try the camera out this weekend.

Although I read some of the Xi flaws, I didn't let that stop me from sticking to my criteria. I wanted a good quality, small and lightweight 3M camera as I could find. I wanted a camera that would eliminate any excuse on bringing it along. I don't know about you but often find myself saying I don't feel like bringing the camera to events, etc.. Even small camera's like my Fuji is not going into a pocket really. I plan on taking the 5 oz Xi camera where ever I go. It slips into a shirt pocket without even a bulge. No more excuses!

Back to the flaws, I know the almost-as-small Canon S230 has better color results whereas the Xi has an edge on sharpness. You can fix the color later but can seldom improve the sharpness - at least thats what this amateur thinks. - John
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Old Jan 17, 2003, 3:24 PM   #4
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Great, many thanks for your comments.

I agree with you in the extreame pocketability factor of the Xi, with no excuses to take everywhere, should be great in the summer when you don't have heavy clothes with large pockets!

Thats the only main factor thats putting me off the Olympus model really, it is a compact unit but at twice the thickness its putting me off.

I have also used the fuji 4700 quite frequently and to be honest, if the Xi that you have turns out to be as good/almost as good as the 4700 then I think I'll also be purchasing the Xi.

Once again, thanks for your comments, let me how you get on with the camera, the only slight factor putting me off now is the slightly dark corners to some images (ie. in the samples section on Steves review)

many thanks

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