new DiMAGE S414 has a 4.1 megapixel 1/1.8-type interline primary colour CCD with
4.0 million effective pixels and a GT lens with an apochromatic 4x zoom. The f/3.0-f/3.6,
eleven element, nine group design is equivalent to a 35-140mm lens on a 35mm camera.
The 4x optical zoom employs two double sided aspheric elements and AD (anomalous
dispersion) glass which Minolta says ensures sharp images at all focal lengths.
S414 features CxProcess, which controls sharpness by balancing resolution with
acutance. Which according to Minolta, allows fine detail to be preserved while
adding depth to the image. Colour is critically controlled to prevent objects
from appearing over saturated while remaining vibrant; the warmth of the human
complexion or the rich subtleties of green foliage should be rendered as clearly
as they were perceived. Contrast is regulated to bring out a luminous quality
in the mid-tones and highlights, as well as to strengthen and enrich the shadows.
the same LSI technology from Minoltas top of the range DiMAGE 7Hi and a
32MB buffer, the S414 is a responsive photographic tool. Whether recording, viewing,
or editing images, camera operation is smooth.
The DiMAGE S414 has an array
of advanced functions and creative tools to achieve your inspiration. The autofocus
system incorporates flexible dynamic functions that allow the DiMAGE S414 to perform
flawlessly in any situation.
Wide AF makes accurate focusing simple. Within
the large focus area are three sensitive AF sensors including a central crosshair
sensor; the crosshair sensor guarantees accurate focusing regardless of subject
contrast orientation. The camera automatically locates the subject within the
wide frames and confirms the point of focus by briefly displaying the active AF
sensor. Focus area selection allows photographers to select a spot focus area
from a 5-point array; this is an attractive option for specific compositions with
off-centre subjects. The DiMAGE S414 can also be manually focused.
DiMAGE S414 has multi-segment and spot metering. Multi-segment metering uses 270
segments to determine exposure. Three exposure modes are available: program, aperture
priority and manual. 15-second bulb exposures can be made in manual exposure.
Camera sensitivity can be set to auto or to one of four ISO equivalent levels:
64, 100, 200 or 400 and to ensure the best exposure possible, an automatic three
frame bracket can be made with 0.3, 0.5 of 1.0EV steps.
The DiMAGE S414s
real time histogram shows the luminance distribution of the image before it is
captured. Displayed with the live image, the histogram allows the subject brightness
and contrast to be evaluated to optimise the cameras exposure and contrast
Digital Subject Programs allow the cameras exposure, white
balance, and image processing controls to be optimised for specific scenes and
subjects at the press of a button. Six subject programs are available:
for close-up photography.
Portrait: optimised to reproduce warm, soft skin
tones and a slight defocusing of the background.
Landscape: optimised to take
sharp images of expansive scenes.
Night portrait: the flash and ambient exposures
are balanced to reveal the night scene behind the subject. This can also be used
for night scenery.
Text: for crisp reproductions of black text or line art
on a white back ground.
Text & Macro: to reproduce small text or line
The DiMAGE S414 can continuously record still images at a rate of
approximately 1.6 frames per second. A ten second self timer is available for
self portraits. The optional remote control RC-3 can used to record still images
and movie clips from up to 5m away. The DiMAGE S414 is not limited to recording
still images. Sixty seconds of digital video with audio can be captured. Voice
memo allows up to 15 seconds of audio to be attached to an image when it is captured.
The movie clips and audio tracks can be played back in the camera.