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Konica Minolta DiMAGE G500
Konica Minolta DiMAGE G500

Konica Minolta DiMAGE G500

We've given the G500 a grade of D+.

Editor's Review

The Minolta DiMAGE G500 is a reasonably priced camera that packs a 5-megapixel punch in a remarkably compact body. Sold abroad under the Konica brand name, the G500 is small enough to bring anywhere, yet capable of taking images suitable for printing at sizes larger than 8 X 10 inches.


  • 5.0 megapixels (effective)
  • 3x optical/3x digital zoom
  • autofocus only
  • auto and manual exposure
  • JPEG file format only
  • ISO range 50 - 400
  • proprietary Lithium-Ion battery
  • movie mode with sound
  • Part Number: 2731131
  • UPC: 00043325994364
  • Release Date: Sep 15, 2003

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Konica Minolta DiMAGE G500 Reviews

Konica Minolta DiMAGE G500 Reviews by Digital Camera-HQ Users

  • 5.0 out of 5
Durable and excellant quality (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I bought this camera 2 years ago, it has been knocked around and through the washing machine (yes through a full load) and it still takes fantastic photos! It has exceeded my expectations, I am very happy with this purchase and would recommend...

  • 4.0 out of 5
been great until now (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Had camera almost one year, takes great pictures, small , easy to handle,but, just went to use and nothing would work. Opened the lens door and camera was dead. Made sure a charged battery was installed , but it still was dead. Usure what to do now.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Clarity Excellent, Speed Great, Durability Unsurpassed & Very Stylish (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I can't say enough how happy I am to own this camera. It takes excellent pictures and it is able to do a lot in such a little package. It's pretty and durable, other cameras feel like toys in my hand and I would be afraid to make a mistake and drop them. I have never had a problem with my camera. The only bad thing I have to say is that I am sorry I didn't buy two, because now they are almost impossible to get new.

  • 5.0 out of 5
So Far, So Good (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Its small, attractive, seems to take very good pictures under a variety of conditions. Purchased refurbished. Took it out 1st day and tried to run battery out. 170 pictures on maximum resolution, about 25% w/ flash, (260 mb), put it away with life in the now warm battery. It is ready to shoot quickly and the charger does its job in under an hour. Photo quality is good. I was going to give it a good, but really can't find anything wrong w/ my $149 camera.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Memory full then Death! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Trying it out..maxed out the memory..the camera froze and then I could not turn it off. I took the battery out because I figured the computer must have never came on again and was locked with the zoom extended. Had to return it. Maybe just a lemon but I am surprised.

  • 5.0 out of 5
get the g600 even better $200 (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

my g500 was wonderful - indestructible until it met the cab's door. The g600 is better faster and only $200 ! Read the reviews at a "dave's pick" also look at some samples photos on

  • 1.0 out of 5
No data available-Memory full (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

We have had nothing but problems, we have lost most of our pictures. They sent a new camera, and it has the same problems-no data, memory full. Can anyone shed some light on this? Konica is very difficult to deal with because there is so much difficulty involved in speaking with a person. We have lost pictures from two weddings, and we are unable to use or trust the camera.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Great pocket camera (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

The Minolta G500 is a great pocket camera. It starts up almost immediately and the shutter lag at about 1/10 of a second is extremely short. You can almost hide it in the palm of your hand, turn off any audio sounds, and unobtrusively snap away. Eight by ten prints are quite sharp with good detail, so it is great to put in your pocket when you are not sure whether you will be taking photos or not.

Shutter speed priority is great for action shots and a f stop of 2.8 allows shooting in low light. The flash is limited by some unpredictability in dispersion when the battery is not up to full charge and of course red eye is also a problem, although there is a double flash red eye reduction but this option does not seem to be worth the effort or the battery power.
A battery by the way, lasts through about 100 shots or a day of intensive shooting at an event.
Constant flash will of course reduce that number.

Noise is occasionally a problem but in the dark night street scenes, it is not present. On a 256 meg SD card, you can fit about 120 shots at the highest quality. Colour is quite good and even the digital zoom has produced an excellent running shot for me.

  • 5.0 out of 5
So versatile/so stylish/so compact (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

When looking for a new digital, I wanted something small enough to fit easily in my shirt pocket, but large enough to have a good optical zoom. As an Architect, styling was also VERY important. The G500 fit the bill to a "t". It has more custom features/settings than I will ever use; has a great 30 movie feature; will store to two different storage formats [which can both be in the camera at the same time, allowing on to switch back and forth]. The picture quality, while not as fine as my Nikon SLR is more than adequate for the "snapshots" that I use it for. [For the important things, I use the Nikon]. While the flash does not overpower, I find myself able to take even low level interior shots without flash. . .the camera is that good.
Given the number of customizing options, the controls are fairly intuitive and progressive, unlike the Olympus that I had before. Overall, I'm extremely satisfied.

  • 4.0 out of 5
very good solid camera (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This camera is a very good and comfortable to take pictures with. It is a solid camera and doesn't weigh too much. The part I like most about it is how it has the thing sliding over the lens so that it is easy to keep in your pocket. I say buy it!!!

  • 5.0 out of 5
Beautiful landscape photography and close-up (anonymous — 07/18/2006)
Have barely used one tenth of the features, high resolution and beautiful color. Best results in good lighting. Amazing prints. Natural, film-like color. Use only recomended SD and MS cards (see Minolta site). Sandisk and Lexar 512mb cards don't work. All metal construction, small, On/off switch is well designed to protect lense. Sweet camera. Great Value.