This threadhas gone very well! Lots of good personal input, and three major surveys posted so far. Best of all, no serious'bashing' going on.
The two 2003 surveys posted by Catbells; PC Mag. with ~ 10,000 camera participants, andPC World with an unknown # of camera participants, do not agree with each other. The PC World survey is MUCHkinder to Minolta.
The 2004 survey that I posted, by Consumer Reports, had~ 167,000 camera participants, andcomes much closer to the PC Mag. results. Both these surveys together represent ~177,000 digitalcameras. Unfortunately they do not put Minolta in a very good light.
It appearsthat our concerns with Minolta'sproduct quality, reliabiliy, etc., may be justified.