Konica Minolta Dynax 5D
(Konica Minolta Maxxum 5D in the USA)
Review Date: October 20th 2005
(out of 5 stars)
Priced as an entry-level camera, the Konica Minolta Dynax 5D offers much more than an entry-level specification. It only has a few missing features when compared to its bigger brother, the Konica Minolta Dynax 7D, relying on cheaper build materials rather than removing features to bring the price down. Compared to rivals such as the Canon Digital Rebel XT, Nikon D50 and Pentax *ist DS, the Konica Minolta Dynax 5D offers more bang for your buck / punch for your pound in terms of what it can actually do. This does make it slightly harder to get to grips with at first, especially for the beginner DSLR owner, but don't let that put you off, as it means that this camera has more to offer in the long run. Konica Minolta's proprietary anti-shake system is a real bonus at this price and more importantly it really does work as advertised. Coupled with the great, noise free image quality from ISO 80 all the way up to ISO 800, this makes the Konica Minolta Dynax 5D an attractive proposition for anyone who wants a low-light digital camera. It may only have 6 megapixels, but the Konica Minolta Dynax 5D delivers fantastic image quality in almost every situation. Add the large 2.5 inch LCD screen, effective flash and general quick responsiveness, and you have a camera that thoroughly deserves to be on your DSLR wish-list. You should seriously consider this camera if you don't already have a vested interest in the likes of Canon or Nikon - existing users of Konica Minolta film SLRs should not be the only target market. The supplied lens may feel cheap, the body may be made of plastic, and it may "only" have 6 megapixels, but don't let any of that put you off the Konica Minolta Dynax 5D. Highly recommended.
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