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Minox Digital Classic Camera DCC 5.1MP Review

Minox Digital Classic Camera DCC 5.1MP Review - We review the miniature classic camera replica from Minox, designed to look like a traditional camera.

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Category : Compact Cameras
Product : Minox Digital Classic Camera DCC 5.1
Price : £89
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Features
Handling
Performance
Verdict
Specification

Digital Classic Camera DCC 5.1
Digital Classic Camera DCC 5.1

The Minox Digital Classic Camera (DCC) 5.1 is a 1:3 digital replica of an old 1950s German Rangefinder beginning with the letter L, yes, Leica. Over the years it's changed a little, increasing the size of the screen, and moves the optical viewfinder to the mini hot shoe.

Minox Digital Classic Camera DCC 5.1 Features


Minox Digital Classic Camera DCC 5.1 Top
Minox Digital Classic Camera DCC 5.1 Top

While the camera may look like it has a number of useful external controls, such as a film wind on, self-timer switch, shutter speed dial and another dial on the top left, these are for effect only and don't actually do anything.  They do move at least so provide something to play with.

Minox Digital Classic Camera DCC 5.1 Box
Minox Digital Classic Camera DCC 5.1 Box

Key Features

  • 5.1megapixel CMOS sensor
  • 9mm f/2.0 Lens equivalent to 42mm
  • 2inch Screen
  • 320x240 Video
  • 0.5m, 1m, Inifinity Focus
  • Wooden Box
Minox Digital Classic Camera DCC 5.1 Camera in Box
Minox Digital Classic Camera DCC 5.1 Camera in Box

Minox Digital Classic Camera DCC 5.1 Handling


Minox Digital Classic Camera DCC 5.1 Back
Minox Digital Classic Camera DCC 5.1 Back

The back is where you find the main controls that actually do something, the on/off switch, an up and down button and the shutter release controlling the main functions and menus. The ring around the lens does let you set the focus with three settings: inifinite, 1m, and 0.5 metres.

Minox Digital Classic Camera DCC 5.1 Bottom
Minox Digital Classic Camera DCC 5.1 Bottom

The bottom features a smaller than normal tripod socket - for use with the optional flash unit and not for use with your own tripod (although a tripod adapter is available). The camera charges the battery through the USB cable with the battery inside the camera.

Minox Digital Classic Camera DCC 5.1 Side
Minox Digital Classic Camera DCC 5.1 Side

Minox Digital Classic Camera DCC 5.1 Performance

Here are real world sample photos, as well as studio test shots from the camera taken in a variety of situations, click to view larger versions or click "Hi Res" to view full size originals. You can add your own images and review in the equipment database.

Minox Digital Classic Camera DCC 5.1 Sample Photos


ISO is set at ISO100 by the camera regardless of lighting conditions. White Balance options are: Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Lamp, Tungsten, Night, however auto white balance does a reasonable job the majority of the time. Video is recorded as 320x240 resolution, at 30fps however this is without sound. 

Value For Money

The Minox DCC 5.1 is somewhat unique as a replica of an old classic camera, and at £139 is reasonable value for money, as a real digital Leica will cost you much closer to £5000. Other digital cameras similar in appearance to classic cameras are the Fujifilm X100, X10, X-Pro1. Alternatively if you just want a compact and stylish digital camera then something like the Pentax Optio S1 is available in chrome for around £69 and would offer better image quality.

Minox Digital Classic Camera DCC 5.1 Verdict

With a unique design the Minox DCC 5.1 has always intrigued me, however with a 42mm equivalent lens and lack of flash you really need to buy the wide angle adapter and optional flash to make it more versatile. It's image quality isn't the best, but the lens appears to be quite sharp so under ideal conditions results can be reasonable and have a certain "look". The presentation box makes this camera more of a novelty collectors item rather than an everyday camera. If the external controls on the camera were functional then this might be a much more fun camera to use.

The Minox DCC 5.1MP is available from HarrisonCameras - with £10 off for ePHOTOzine readers, using special promotion code EPZ10.

Minox Digital Classic Camera DCC 5.1 Pros

Small
Stylish
Touches of metal
Sharp Lens
Stylish box
Optical viewfinder

Minox Digital Classic Camera DCC 5.1 Cons

Controls for effect only - self-timer control would be nice
Slow, rolling shutter effect
Low-dynamic range
Videos lack sound

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Minox Digital Classic Camera DCC 5.1 Specifications

ManufacturerMinox
Lens
Max Aperturef/2
35mm equivalent42mm
Optical Zoom0x
Image Sensor
CCD pixels5.1Mp (Megapixels)
Pixels (W)2608
Pixels (H)1956
Sensor TypeCMOS
Sensor Size1/2.3 inch
Sensor Size (width)6.16mm
Sensor Size (height)4.62mm
Aspect Ratio
  • 4:3
LCD Monitor
LCD Monitor2in
Screen resolutionNo Data
Touch ScreenNo
Focusing
Min Focus50cm
Focusing modes
  • Manual
  • Infinity
Exposure Control
Shutter speeds shortestNo Data
Shutter speeds longestNo Data
Exp modes
    Metering
      ISO sensitivity100
      White balance
      • Auto
      • Outdoors/Daylight
      • Cloudy
      • Incandescent
      • Fluorescent
      Exposure Comp+/-2
      Shooting Options
      Continuous shootingNo Data
      Video
      Movie modeYes
      Video Resolution
      • 320x240 QVGA
      Video FPS30fps
      Stereo SoundNo
      Optical Zoom with VideoNo
      Other Features
      Image StabilisationNo
      Interface
      HDMINo
      USBUSB 2
      Wi-FiNo
      Storage
      Card Type
      • SD
      • SDHC
      File Type
      • JPG
      Power Source
      Battery TypeLithium-ion
      CIPA RatingNo Data
      Box Contents
      Box ContentsMinox Digital Classic Camera DCC 5.1, Lithium-ion battery, recharger, USB cable, and user manual.
      Dimensions
      Weight110g
      Width74mm
      Height44mm
      Depth47mm

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      Comments


      1 May 2012 5:47PM
      For those who don't know "PRC" means China!. I find it prone to camera shake even in good light.

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      pentaxpete e2
      9 553 1 England
      1 May 2012 6:40PM
      I was GIVEN FREE a FILM Minox 35 GT and got it working yesterday with a replacement PX27 6 Volt Alkalie battery as the Mercury one was dead -- and developed the film and got good results !
      2 May 2012 8:08AM

      Quote:I was GIVEN FREE a FILM Minox 35 GT and got it working yesterday with a replacement PX27 6 Volt Alkalie battery as the Mercury one was dead -- and developed the film and got good results !


      I have one of these too. A great little camera.

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