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
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
5.1megapixel CMOS sensor
9mm f/2.0 Lens equivalent to 42mm
0.5m, 1m, Inifinity Focus
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
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
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 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
Touches of metal
Minox Digital Classic Camera DCC 5.1 Cons
Controls for effect only - self-timer control would be nice
Slow, rolling shutter effect
Videos lack sound
VALUE FOR MONEY
Minox Digital Classic Camera DCC 5.1 Specifications
|CCD pixels||5.1Mp (Megapixels)|
|Sensor Size||1/2.3 inch|
|Sensor Size (width)||6.16mm|
|Sensor Size (height)||4.62mm|
|Screen resolution||No Data|
|Shutter speeds shortest||No Data|
|Shutter speeds longest||No Data|
|Continuous shooting||No Data|
|Optical Zoom with Video||No|
|CIPA Rating||No Data|
|Box Contents||Minox Digital Classic Camera DCC 5.1, Lithium-ion battery, recharger, USB cable, and user manual.|
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