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Released 2005. AKA Minolta dynax 5D, DG-5D, a Sweet Digital. 6.2 megapixels. APS-C crop sensor.
Metering: 3 modes: 14-segment Honeycomb, Spot, Center weighted.
Shutter: Electronically controlled, vertical-travel. 30 seconds to 1/4000th, and Bulb. Self-timer, 10 or 2 seconds.
Focus: 14 focus segments. Single shot, continuous, auto and manual. Has image stabilization. Has a Depth of field button.
Viewfinder: Pentaprism. Matte screen with no split image or microprisms for manual focus.
Exposure modes: Manual, Shutter priority, Aperture priority, Program, Auto, 5 modes: Portrait, Sports, Landscape, Sunset, Night Portrait. Digital Subject Program Selector picks the program mode if you're confused. Auto-exposure lock (half press shutter). Lots of white balance and color modes. Noise reduction on exposures over 1 second.
Flash: Built-in pop-up and a hotshoe. Sync is 1/160th (with AS off), and 1/125th with it on.
Film transport: Uses compact flash type 1 or 2, or a microdrive. ISO: Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, and 3200.
Batteries: NP-400 Lithium-Ion. There's an optional AC adapter too.
Lenses: Minolta / Sony A-mount lenses.
Accessories: Program Flash 5600HS(D), 3600HS(D), 2500D, Macro Ring Flash 1200 with flash sync. terminal.
Limitations: Known problem: "FFB, or First frame black" caused by the anti-shake mechanism. Turning off "shutter lock" in settings might help.
3-24-24: Just bought this, has not arrived yet. Have been trying to collect a Minolta or Sony digital for some time. Want to use all my A-mount lenses for digital / color. There's a good possiblity it's damaged in some way. It came with no lens or other accessories, but I don't see any damage in the (terrible) pictures Goodwill provided. I really shouldn't buy poorly photographed products, but the price was very low on a rare opportunity so I rolled the dice. Pretty sure I'll need to buy a battery and charger for it.

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4-2-24: Arrived. Focusing screen gone, battery door spring broken or gone. Battery hasn't arrived yet so untested. Battery box clean. Screens intact.

4-3-24: Camera has the FFB shake sensor flaw. Shaking it like crazy didn't help. Found a fix: Turn the camera on and let it set for 10 minutes or so. Wake it up with the shutter release button and it works normally. Although it has no focus screen, you can still see the center of the image in the viewfinder. Used gaffer's tape to secure the battery hatch. The menu button still doesn't work.
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