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Old Jul 22, 2003, 6:31 PM   #1
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Default Minolta S414 or Olympus C-4000

Posted: Tue Jul 22, 2003 4:24 pm Post subject: Narrowed my search to Minolta S414 or the Olympus C-4000 Z


My Background: This will be my first digital camera. I've used them briefly for work, but otherwise limited experience. I will be using the camera probably for a lot of things but I think my larger printed pictures will be mostly outdoor scenic ones... guessing.

Why these 2 cameras? I've narrowed down to these 2 cameras based on quality and price. Quality being 4 megapixel cameras with optical zoom with descent reviews and user satisfication. The Minolta can be had for $40 dollars less than the Olympus so I was leaning toward the Minolta, but then I noticed the Olympus scored slightly better than the Minolta at Megapixels.net. The Olympus review was done 6 months prior to the Minolta review however, which MAY have made it slightly more forgiving.

Looking for some experts to sway me one way or another.

Thanks in advance,

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Old Jul 23, 2003, 5:07 PM   #2
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As an Olympus C-4000z owner I can recommend the camera. I was a novice when I bought it 7 months or so ago, but have grown into it over time. It has all the manual features you would want along with a good auto mode.

The main issue for me is picture quality, and in that respect the C-4000z delivers at a great price.

From what I've read the Minolta is a decent camera, but it offers less control than the C-4000, although it does offer slightly more zoom. People seem to report problems with the 414's autofocus; I've never had a problem with the C-4000z in that respect.

If you want to see samples from the C-4000z then all the pics on my website are from the camera, plus I've got a dedicated samples page.

Best of luck with your decision!

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