In March of 1998, I turned 60. My son-in-law thought he should buy me something really special for my birthday.
Digital cameras were just coming in vogue and he knew I liked photography, so that was his choice. As a
computer programmer, he was quite thorough researching and finally chose the Minolta Dimage V.
Users of modern digital cameras would sneer at many of the features of the Dimage V.
The 4 AA batteries are exhausted before you can shoot the maximum of 16 pictures
in "fine" mode (120KB per photo!) or 40 photos of 50 KB in standard mode. The LCD
monitor is only 1.8 inches measured diagonally and the weak flash seems to take
an eternity to recharge.
But this camera has one great feature that I have never seen on another
camera. The lens is absolutely unique! You can swivel it 360 degrees
to shoot photos in any direction without changing the position of the
camera and monitor. You can even make a self portrait.
The best part is the possibility of detaching the zoom lens completely and
reconnecting it to a special extension cord. If people are blocking your
view at a parade, for example, you can hold the lens up high and get
excellent shots. You can even attach the lens to a tripod. At our son's wedding,
I took pictures of the bride's shy cousin who didn't want her picture taken. I
simply took off the lens, connected the cable and shot pictures with the camera
lying on the table. You can even take pictures around corners with the Dimage V
-- which is probably why there are no cameras like that today! It's a great spy camera!
I love this camera for the reasons above, but I can no longer use it. The 2 MB Smart
Media card was apparently only made for this camera. Minolta has merged with Konica and no longer provides
support. If anyone out there knows a way to download pictures to my
computer, please send me a heads up! I have two of these cameras with
cards but only one
cable attachment for the lens.
I wish I could attach this lens to my Lumix mirrorless 4/3 camera!