Minox DCC 5.1

February 8, 2010 | Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Compact Cameras | 35 Comments | |
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Minox has launched the Minox Digital Classic Camera 5.1, a minature replica of a classic 35mm rangefinder camera that has a five-megapixel sensor inside. Featuring a 2” rear monitor, the Minox 5.1 can be outfitted with a detachable eye-level optical viewfinder and a host of other accessories. Apart from taking 5mp still photographs, the camera is capable of shooting video in AVI format. All data are stored on external SD cards, while power is supplied by a removable Lithium-ion battery. The Minox DCC 5.1 has a fixed-mount, fixed-focal-length lens that accepts an optional chrome-plated brass lens cap and an add-on teleconverter. Focus can be set to 0.5m, 1m and infinity. The suggested retail price is €199.

Minox Press Release

MINOX DCC 5.1 - A small masterpiece with huge performance

Designed in fascinating detail and with a sophisticated stylish format the new Digital Classic Camera MINOX DCC 5.1 is a true example of first-class German engineering from the fifties. Devotees of timeless elegance and precision mechanics will find it hard to resist the amazing look and feel of the camera. This small ingenious masterpiece in a scale of 1:3 is no ordinary digital camera and quietly reflects its owner’s confidence in style.

The external look is a tribute to classic, legendary design. Inside the new MINOX DCC boasts all the convenience features of state-of-the-art technology. Featuring a 5.1 megapixel hardware resolution, 2-inch display and a small and sophisticated attachable viewfinder this exquisite camera is a cult object. With a host of accessories it will arouse emotion in every follower of traditional photography and give great pleasure to all of its users. The 5.1 megapixel resolution delivers pin-sharp images rich in detail. In addition to the optical viewfinder the large 2-inch display helps the user to compose the picture and also shows the details of the selected camera settings. Film sequences can also be shot in video mode in AVI format. All data are stored on external SD cards with a capacity of up to 16 GB. Power is supplied by a replaceable Lithium-ion battery.

Optional accessories offer additional stylish features and functional highlights. For instance, a teleconverter and a wide-angle converter open up completely new perspectives and offer even more photographic fun with the small DCC. Even in the close focus range of up to 50 cm the new Classic Camera captures every subject in amazing and brilliant detail.

A lens cap made of chrome-plated brass and designed in the original classic look of the fifties is a further stylish component that also protects the front lens. The sophisticated attachable viewfinder of metal design can also be kept safe in an optional, small leather case. Other accessories include a leather case for the camera, a leather strap, soft carrying strap, wrist strap and the legendary Classic Camera Flash.

The scope of delivery of the DCC 5.1 includes a Lithium-Ion battery, power pack, USB cable and user manual.

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#1 r4 sdhc

Fun reproduction of the old Leica "spy" camera - low end digital capabilities, but functional enough to throw it in my pocket and take candid snapshots. Anyone expecting a full function digital camera would be disappointed however

8:08 am - Tuesday, February 9, 2010

#2 Shamima Sultana

Great information...thanks for sharing

9:24 am - Tuesday, February 9, 2010

#3 Blackberry Cases

I think this case is excellent very nice to look and great for protecting.

10:28 am - Wednesday, February 10, 2010

#4 What Eva

The price on the Minox site is 229 Euros.

I hope those controls on the front do something, and aren't just fake decoration. That would be cheesy as hell and pretty offensive at that price.

5:17 am - Wednesday, March 3, 2010

#5 James

Interesting product!
If I intend to get one? How much is the total price includiong the transportation?
I am now in Thailand!...

7:37 am - Tuesday, June 8, 2010

#6 David

You can get one for £149 from Amazon.

3:13 pm - Saturday, January 15, 2011

#7 MikE

Anyone know where I can get a decent manual,please?
The one which came with the camera is not helpful.

5:48 pm - Monday, January 24, 2011

#8 David

Can anyone tell me what comes with it? I have bought one on e-bay. There is a usb cable & carrying strap but nothing else. It clealy lacks the instruction book, but what else should be there. It was describes as "good as new"

2:06 pm - Tuesday, January 25, 2011

#9 MikE

Beside the camera, I got a battery, a USB cable, a European power plug, a sparse instruction booklet and a market research card, all in a shiny wooden box like a tea caddy. No carry strap.

5:25 pm - Tuesday, January 25, 2011

#10 David

Thanks MikE. So there was no software disc for your computer? Did you manage OK with what you had?

5:43 pm - Tuesday, January 25, 2011

#11 MikE

I did not get a software disc when I got the camera for Christmas.
I am not doing well! Hence appeal for a better instruction manual.
I'll let you know how I get on as soon as I have made any significant progress.

6:05 pm - Tuesday, January 25, 2011

#12 David

I have just looked underneath. In tiny tiny writing it says "made in China" & I thought Minox was German.

11:44 am - Wednesday, January 26, 2011

#13 David

I have now been able to download an instruction book from the Minox website. I see what you mean by "sparse". I will let you know how I get on.

11:32 am - Tuesday, February 1, 2011

#14 David

I have bought an inexpensive [under £10] 8GB memory card which allows me to take 5708 photos
without "changing the film". What the rather poor instruction book doesn't say is how many you can take on one battery charge.I only have a USB cable to charge it from my desktop computer.
It may be possible to get another charger but I don't know how.

3:50 pm - Wednesday, February 16, 2011

#15 David

I have now ordered a battery charger, a spare battery & a card reader all for under £17.
With the memory card in the camera doesn't seem to transfer the memory images to my computer. No mention of this in the instructions of course.Hence the need for a card reader. One would think that a firm the size of Minox could produce a decent set of instructions not just 7 tiny pages.

2:10 pm - Friday, February 18, 2011

#16 David

I now find that the battery I bought which was the correct size & voltage is too thick to fit into the camera & the one in the camera won't fit the battery charger. More frustration from Minox.

12:16 pm - Sunday, February 20, 2011

#17 Val

Re - Minox Classic Digital Camera (DCC5.1) I cannot find any reference on Minox website to the Cost of both a lense cap, Flash unit or a carrying case for the above camera. Where can I buy these and other accessories at the best price ???

9:30 pm - Tuesday, March 8, 2011

#18 David

Re the instuction book. The one I got with the camera only had 8 pages and was poor. If however you e-mail the factory; info@minoxcom -they will send you a 60 page one in German English & French.You can then print off the English pages 22 to 39. They were very quick and helpful.

7:19 pm - Wednesday, March 9, 2011

#19 David

You can get a 60 page instruction book as a download from Minox.
Send e-mail to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

7:22 pm - Wednesday, March 9, 2011

#20 David

As I couldn't get a charger to fit the battery , I thought ok , I will get a spare battery from Minox , but I was turned off when I found that as well as the high cost of the battery they were proposing to charge 25 euros carriage. This is for a niny battery about as big as a postage stamp.
No wonder that the German economy is thriving.

5:53 pm - Tuesday, March 15, 2011

#21 camera accessories

It has a beautiful copy of an old Leica "spy" camera - digital low-capacity, camera accessories, but effective enough to throw it in your pocket, and having the image of honesty. Everyone expects a full-function digital camera would be disappointed.


1:27 pm - Friday, April 1, 2011

#22 John

Hi all,
Pls advise if the DCC5.1 has a metal or plastic build. Are the moving parts (knob, lever) metal? How many shots per battery full recharge?

Thanks a lot.

7:24 am - Saturday, April 9, 2011

#23 David

It is part metal & part plastic. The moving bits are metal. I don't know how long the battery will last as I have never lrt it run down. I think it will last quite a long time. The camera switches itself off after 60 seconds to save electricity.

9:51 am - Saturday, April 9, 2011

#24 John

Thanks David for the response. Thí camera has won Xplus award for good design. I'm ordering one from Photojojo for Usd179 + postage. Cheaper than it was when newly launched.

6:11 pm - Sunday, April 10, 2011

#25 David

I love mine, but beware of the the "format" button, it wipes all the memory.

6:23 pm - Sunday, April 10, 2011

#26 dave

hi; di the knobs and "film advance" lever actually do anything? do you control the shutter speed and aperture using the physical manual controls shown or are they just decoration?

4:55 am - Tuesday, May 24, 2011

#27 David

The only controls that actually do anything are the shutter release button, and the lens which turns for focusing. The rewind knob; lever wind; and self timer lever move but do nothing. The shutter speed knob doesn't even move. All the digital controls are on the back; not shown in the photo.

8:35 am - Tuesday, May 24, 2011

#28 John

Hi David et al,

I received my DCC 5.1 from Photojojo yesterday. The original Minox battery is just 750mA so I guess wont last long. You can buy a normal Nokia battery BL-5D 900mA as a perfect spare at any mobile phone shop without the expensive carriage. I bought one myself and a Chinese universal charger for $10 altogether. So happy.

The DCC works fine with my Windows XP for file transfer to PC without any driver installed. When the SD card is in, the PC can only see the SD card, so if you want to get the photos from the DCC internal memory, remove the SD card before connecting the DCC to PC.

Btw, is there any way to switch off the screen and use only the optical viewfinder instead when shooting? This would help save lots of power.

3:04 am - Wednesday, May 25, 2011


I am suprised no one spoke to image quality. In the final analysis isn't that what it is all about?

5:46 pm - Sunday, July 17, 2011

#30 Carroll D. Hanks

"All data are stored on external SD cards..." WTF?

5:04 am - Tuesday, July 26, 2011

#31 isabel

didn't like the final result of the picture, maybe I am doing something wrong but the fact is that if you are inside a gym for an exemple the light of the camera just doesn't ajust -even in automatic - sometimes is too dark sometimes is too light... then you have to go the setings and chage the EV.
well it has a cool look but taking pictures with my iphone so far is easy - and I bought the fish eye for the iphone and the photos look very nice! I was a little disapointed with the camera (minox)

6:11 pm - Sunday, October 23, 2011

#32 DoverOs

@#15 David

I experienced this too on windows 7. After using an SD card, connecting with the usb with the sd or internal memory, would just freeze the camera and nothing would show up on the computer. This is just blatant ignorance on minox's side. I reject the idea that anyone should buy this as a functioning camera. At the most, It can go on a shelf, or be used as a very light paper weight.

10:11 am - Thursday, August 23, 2012

#33 Dave Smith

Just bought Minox DCC5.1 but find that the battery seems to take ages to charge up.Its now been on all day yesterday and all night.Anyone else having similar problems?

10:30 am - Thursday, April 11, 2013

#34 Evelyn Fu

I got problems with charging the battery too. It's been charged all day, but still the green light indicator is still on. And when I tried to turn on the camera, it just didn't work. Can anyone help?

2:13 am - Saturday, May 17, 2014

#35 David

Mine charges up and works OK, but needs bright sunshine. Not a serious camera, but fun to use, and great neck decoration. [ mine came with a neck strap] It is good to have a digital camera with a viewfinder.

7:03 am - Saturday, May 17, 2014