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Konica Minolta DiMAGE S414
Konica Minolta DiMAGE S414

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Konica Minolta DiMAGE S414

We've given the S414 a grade of D.

Editor's Review

Old product. Minoltas aren't even in production anymore, as the company was acquired by Sony. Here's what we had to say about the S414 when it was released in July 2003:

The 4-megapixel Minolta DiMAGE S414 is an updated version of Minolta's popular S404. What sets the Minolta S414 apart is its price -- it packs an impressive 4x optical zoom, a good selection of manual features, yet still costs substantially less than other 4-megapixel cameras.


  • 4.0 megapixels (effective)
  • 4x optical zoom/2.2x digital zoom
  • auto and manual focus
  • program and manual exposure
  • JPEG and TIFF file formats
  • ISO range 64-400
  • 4 AA batteries
  • movie mode with sound
  • Part Number: 2799-301
  • UPC: 00043325993541
  • Release Date: Jul 11, 2003

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Konica Minolta DiMAGE S414 Reviews

Konica Minolta DiMAGE S414 Reviews by Digital Camera-HQ Users

  • 1.0 out of 5
batteries fall out (Hydra — 03/24/2009)

The camera was fine until the thin plastic lid holding the batteries under far too much spring tension broke, allowing the batteries to fall out.
You won't have enough fingers to take a picture and hold the batteries in.
Don't buy it unless you're good at rebuilding this part.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Do Not Buy This Camera! (Pat Rogalia — 08/16/2007)

But I guess it doesn't matter anymore—K-M out of business now. Now I know why. This cam seemed like a good idea at the time. Reiterating others...large, bulky, heavy, battery hog, self-starting inside a travel bag (bye bye battery time!), slow starter, illogical error msg (typically at low batt time) with subsequent freeze—with lens out (only remedy was to recharge batteries, reinsert 30 min later, dial "ON"-then camera would turn on, retract lens, re-extend lens—a real brainless process). And then, the flimsy poorly engineered plastic battery cover finally lost its miniscule catches and now it takes a contortionist to hold it closed to take a photo.

It's the kind of product that makes you want to smash it against a wall because you trusted something useless, and lost a great photo...again!

Sometimes computer won't recognize the connection to download the photos. Ungh!

  • 2.0 out of 5
The Battery Beast that Died (Bob Sweeney — 09/14/2006)

I knew I was in trouble shortly after I purchased the Minolta DiMage S414. It took great pictures as long as there was life in the batteries. I soon learned that the camera was a "battery hog" so I had to take along a separate camera bag for a battery of batteries and chargers. It was an expensive camera when I purchased the critter and the only saving grace was that it provided me with excellent pictures. The beast died a few weeks ago when it simply would not start. An orange and then a red light flashed at the viewfinder then it seems to have moved on to the next life. I am trying to find a cure but alas the critter simply is refusing to resurrect itself.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Serious battery issue (John Allen — 09/13/2006)

While this camera produces excellent image results, it has a serious battery issue that Minolta should have taken responsibility for. A recall of this camera should have been initiated by Minolta and when they did not, a class action for compensation to buyers should have occurred. Customers should not be left to absorb the loss.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Leaking power when switched off (Sjoerd Hiemstra — 08/17/2006)

I once took 75 consecutive photos - and the batteries still had not run out of power. However, when taking a photo once in a few days, the number of photos I can take with a new set of batteries can be counted with the fingers of one hand, which I find unacceptable. I have been able to detect that the camera is consuming power when switched off - bad quality condenser inside?
A second disappointment is that one of the pins for the CF card is bent, so the display shows less card capacity. I have to take the card out and put it into a card reader every time, since the USB cable connection does not work with Linux with this camera. (Though lately I've seen a fix somewhere.) The pins seem to have a poor quality, so taking the card in and out more than once is probably not a good idea.
The photos I did take were great, but I find the mentioned problems rather hopeless, so I've started to look for another camera.

  • 1.0 out of 5
It does not work at all now (Devon — 08/10/2006)

I'v had this camera for about 1-2 years now and when i turn it on it says "Access" and then it says cf card error. Now I dont know much about camera's but what the hell does that mean? I can't take any picture, can't go to menu, look at pictures, and everything else. I tried blowing into where it holds the cf card but nothing. Everything seems fine with it I just charged it up and wanted to use but it won't work.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Has worked like a charm (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I've taken this on vacation and filled two 256M cards at a pop. Never failed me. Photos have been excellent. I bought it because it had an excellent technical review, is about the same size as my old 35mm camera, and is substantial & easy to hold.
I later bought one for my wife, who loves it because it is truly point & shoot. The other functions are very powerful, and icing on the cake as far as she is concerned.

  • 1.0 out of 5
not great.... better cameras out there (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

So many problems with this camera, I don't know where to begin.

Even with the best batteries that I could find, I had to constantly rotate my 2 rechargeable sets because they never lasted any more than a few shots.

Pictures were not always clear, brightness was a little off, images were grainy, and night shots were out of the question.

The Mode Dial on top (main switch) turns with very little pressure. There are times when the camera has actually been inside its case which was inside my handbag, and just the movement from other items against the case has turned on the camera which automatically opens the lens making it susceptible to damage and power loss.

It is very heavy and bulky, this along with the slow start-up is a bit of a hassle.

There are times when I get an error message for no reason. The camera locks up completely, as if taking pictures is too much for it to handle. During these times, turning it off does nothing. I actually have to take the batteries out and put them back in again to get any kind of response out of the camera.

The batteries don't seem to fit in properly. There have been several times when the plastic cover has almost cracked.

The USB connector has died! The little port where I plug the USB cable into my camera has gotten very wobbley and my computer (and camera) no longer recognizes the connection.

I'm in the process of buying a new camera if anyone wants mine....

  • 1.0 out of 5
You can't depend on this camera working (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I just returned from vacation where I attempted to use my S414 camera for the first time away from home. I could get no more that 8 to 10 pictures taken before the batteries were drained. Previously I thought it was just my weak rechargeable batteries so I used new alkalines this time. After running thru 4 sets of batteries at ~$5.00 for 4 (they rip you off when on vacation) I just gave up and use my old camera. Thank goodness I had it. You can't depend on this camera so don't buy it at any price.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Loves batteries (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

The camera is good as far as photos - but it sure eats up batteries. I have tried different brands of batteries at all price ranges and still bad results. I am certainly disappointed with Minolta and will be hard pressed to purchase another one.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Good and Bad (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I bought mine 3 years ago, and thought I'd been ripped off when it wouldn't even turn on with the best non-rechargeable batteries available. I invested in 2100 mAh re chargables which at least turned it on and enabled me to take 20-30 pics, before calling it a day. I now use 2500 mAh and am on the look-out for bigger...If taking consecutive photo's, it lasts quite well, but try and take more pic's the following day, and your out of luck. On the plus side, it takes a wonderful pic. In my opinion, better than it's 4.1 megapixel suggests. To summarize, I wouldn't buy it again, purely because of the battery use, but my kids baby and toddler photo's are superb.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Durability Bad!! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Ive had my s414 for about 3years and its been ok. The camera is heavy and eats up batteries. But lately my main problem is the battery cover, it has developed a small crack on a clip. This is obviously a design fault. The batteries don't fit in properly and put pressure onto the cover. The clip is holding but after all the pressure from the battery, its slowly devloped a crack and will soon break. Its due to the crappy plastic cover and i am very disappointed.

  • 4.0 out of 5
learn the batt life and how to use the camera (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

After reading the reviews, I must say I install 2000MHA batts and let the camera sit "in the off position" for about a half hour and power it on. camera works fine and focus is fast and sharp.
I use the LCD and can soot about 120 images half with flash.

The down side is, if I just install the batts and power the camera on it wont turn on. I have to let it sit for a half hour. When I shut it off it wont power back on for a half hour. Any time the batts are installed or the camera is powered off, it must sit for a while. other then that it works fine. Learn how to use the camera and it will provide many hours of fun and quality images.

  • 1.0 out of 5
WORST DIGITAL CAMERA I'VE OWNED & IT WAS FREE (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I got this as a door prize. Thank goodness I didn't have to purchase it with my own money. However, it was still a ripoff. I had a perfectly fine early model 1.0 MP Olypus that I gave away when I received this Minolta. That was mistake #1. MIstake # 2 was spending my own $ and purchasing a 256 mb CF card. MIstake #3 was taking this as my only camera on vacation. Sure, I tested it out at home first, tried a few pics around the house, it seemed to work fine. However, ever since then, the batteries & I mean every kind of battery (rechargeabe, new alkaline, expensive or cheap) was drained within minutes. This camera sucks big time. I wish I kept mu Oly. Oh well, I am now trying to figure out if I want a Canon or Sony next or maybe just go back to the Oly again. Any suggestions?

  • 4.0 out of 5
It was wonderful until... (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I love this camera and now that it is no longer working I am sad to know that I cannot replace it. I have taken thousands of beautiful prints with this camera in the last three+ years. They blow up wonderfully- I could get about 150 pics saved with one battery charge- it is the perfect size and it is easy to use... now it will no longer turn on and I am not sure what to do, but I do know I will be hard pressed to find this quality and ease of use in a new digital cam!

  • 2.0 out of 5
It gives an err message (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

It took goopix for a while for a light user like me. You need 3 sets of batteries. It started to show err rather than take pix. I reset the camera, changed memory card, etc. — no luck.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Never gets enough battery power to work (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This has been a complete waste of money. Tried diiferent batteries, bought new NI-MH batteriers, recharged them for 16 hours and still the camera never works. It has been a complete waste of money. Would never buy this Minolta again.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Recall (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I took my s414 for a CCD recall hoping to fix the yellow casting but still it didn't fix the problem the technicians at Mississauga Ontario said there is nothing wrong with the camera and the casting is normal!!! I guess Minolta mess-up with this camera and the same with hiring unqualified technician. Yellow casting in the picture is normal gimme a break!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • 1.0 out of 5
A great door stop! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I can confirm the ratings of the other reviewers. The S414 took nice pictures...when it worked. About 8 weeks ago the battery door developed a crack. Not sure why it cracked, but it was certainly a very poor design destined to fail. I returned the unit to Minolta knowing it was out of warranty and they wanted $150 (!!) to replace the door. I said "no way" and with the help of some cyanoacrylate glue and some thin strips of styrene, I came up with a nice robust fix. All set to take some more pictures and the LCD display no longer functions. I suspect its actually the shutter/CCD chip that has gone bad, since the LCD displays text, but not the object being photographed. If Minolta wanted $150 to replace a piece of plastic I can only image what they'll want to get the camera back into working order. My advice: don't buy Minolta; spend the money and get a camera with a metal body.

  • 5.0 out of 5
good handling (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

very great camera

  • 2.0 out of 5
Good pix when batteries live (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

If extreme care is taken to save the batteries, it takes good pix. Biggest problem is the switch which rubs itself on when the camera is around your neck & swinging back and forth(the way most people carry one) I bought it at Walmart because my Kodak fell off the tractor and got run over—needed something that used CF cards. If there is some interest out there, I will develop a little guard to glue on around the switch for fellow disgusted S414 owners. Anybody got a emote for this thng?

  • 1.0 out of 5
Battery Drainer (Rechargable Ni-Mh) - Frustrating, and I bought 2 (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This camera has been such a disappointment. I should have know when the salesman's display model had drained batteries. I even bought 2: One for me and one for my son's HS graduation present.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Severe Battery Issues (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I would not recommend this camera to anyone. The cheap, plastic battery cover cracked after opening it twice. Given the way the camera goes through batteries, it should have a cover made from some space age titanium alloy. I bought new batteries and they did not even work the first time. I have taken about 30 pictures with this $350 camera which now is only good for a paperweight.

  • 4.0 out of 5
DiMageS414- 4Stars! (Ruth Ann Merkle — 10/01/2005)

GREAT SHOTS!! I originally used this camera as a Wedding Photography Backup and it has been so great I started using it for my primary camera for some of the Weddings I shot. Note: Only use Rechargeable AA for this camera, for maximum performance,And always carry fully charged extras!

  • 1.0 out of 5
takes great pictures, when it takes pictures (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I just burned through 8 more nh batteries to take one pictures. I thought maybe the chargers where bad, but I put the batteries in my sony and it worked fine. The camera has been returned to Minolta once already for a bad electronic switch. Spent way too much money when it first came out. Oh well, live and learn.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Takes good pictures...for about 3 mins (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I've used this camera maybe 20 times over the last few years, while picture quality is good, battery life (if you can call) it that is extremely poor. I believe the computer sensor that monitors battery drain is defective as even brand new batteries give a false "low battery" indicator after only 4-7 shots. I will never, ever buy from Minolta/Konica again. When will I ever learn, you want a good product, buy a Sony.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Ok product (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I am now looking for a new camera after having this camera not turn on. To repair this will take more money than to buy a new camera. I was not happy with the camera lens cover coming off, the camera often turned on in the case, and it often did not allow me to take a picture at the moment I wanted. The quality seemed good on the pictures, and I liked exploring the manual settings, but I still would be leery in recommending this camera.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Excellent Deal (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

(1) It takes great high resolution pictures.
(2) It's auto focus is fast
(3) I experienced to take pictures in low light, At night putting the flash off and on tripod. It gives great great pictures giving exact colors and full details.
(4) It's manual control is excellent.

(1) The movie time is only 60 seconds
(2) It's slow while saving pictures on card
(3) The batteries run for lesser time
(4) The movie clips are small and are not clear in low light
(5) The noise is too high and cannot be controlled while taking shots in night in slow shutter speed

  • 5.0 out of 5
I'm very pleased with quality of pictures (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I take a lot of family pictures & always happy with them. I had another digital (different brand) before this & had to adjust almost all the pictures when I put them through the software. Not so with this one. Took a cd to a shop & printed some to compare, & liked mine better!!

  • 1.0 out of 5
Buyer Beware of Konica Minolta / do not stand behind warranty (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

The camera itself was heavy, ate batteries, the cap came off too easy, it turned on very easily while in bag, However, my biggest complaint is with customer service at Konica Minolta. Five months later, I go to use the camera and it says that it cannot read my card, I then remove the card, and see that the pin inside the camera has broken off into the memory card. It is useless. I am relieved to know I have a one year warranty. Much to my dismay, after paying $10 to ship my camera to Konica/Minolta, I am told that they will not cover the warranty due to 'mishandling'. There is but one way to insert the card, and I have handled it with great care. I spoke with a 'senior technician, who tells me everything he can to try and make me at fault.
First he says that my Viking brand memory card is generic, then he says that the model camera I have is no longer made, then he says that I must have bought it refurbished. None of this is accurate. I INCLUDED THE ORIGINAL RECEIPT WITH THE RETURN OF THE CAMERA.
It was purchased new, and Viking is a common well known brand.
I feel Konica/Minolta is doing everything they can to NOT stand behind their warranty! They want to charge me as much to fix a five month old camera as it took to purchase it.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Poor quality pictures (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Every picture I take has to be put through Photoshop because it looks like there is a gray filter on it. My son has an old 2.0 megapixel Canon and his pictures are far superior to the ones I take on the S414. I think I'll go buy a canon.

  • 3.0 out of 5
It's a really acceptable camera (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

The manual settings are really useful, I like the features it offers. The macro-mode is not the best, there are a lot of other cameras in this category, which are better. But I'm glad to own it.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Good camera for the money (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I am very pleased with the price / performance of this camera.
I like the zoom, picture clarity and construction.
I only get 40 or 50 shots before I need a battery recharge. So, I carry an extra set. (charged up)

  • 5.0 out of 5
I love it (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Takes great shots and is easy to use. It is also easy to download shots and so much cheaper to use than film cameras.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Never takes a picture (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This has to be the worst camera ever produced. 95% of the time it just beeps and refuses to take a picture. Of the few times it actually fires it is out of focus. The menu system and setup absolutely stinks. Without the manual it is impossible to fathom the meaningless little icons. It's very embarassing at a public event when you have everyone posed and time and time again it refuses to take a picture. It simply blinks a green LED and bleeps but will not snap.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Good resolution & features. Finicky autofocus. (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Poor autofocus (especially indoors), poor battery life, "on" wheel gets caught on things. This is not a good camera for fast paced subjects. I have two little ones that I'm always snapping pictures of - this camera is horrible for that. The autofocus takes forever especially indoors where it's darker & where my boys usually play. Go figure. The "on" wheel always gets caught & turns on when we put the camera in the camera bag. The battery life for this camera is horrible, almost non-existent. We use rechargeable batteries & it still goes through them after only 40 minutes & it takes 3 hrs just to charge the batteries. On the good side, it takes really good macro photos & has tons of neat options -Sepia, B&W, Video mode, etc. But, for the money & for novice photographers like myself - horrible camera!!!