• Price: 390

  • Company: Konica-Minolta

  • Pros: Low-cost. Large LCD screen. Good exposure and colour. Built-in anti-shake mechanism. Dedicated white balance button.

  • Cons: Images look grainy on LCD screen. Output sharpness is among the poorest we’ve seen.

  • Our Rating: We rate this 8 out of 10 We rate this 8 out of 10

At under £400 for the body alone, the Dynax 5D competes with other consumer digital single-lens reflex models such as Nikon’s D50, Canon’s EOS-350D, and Olympus’ E-300. The 6.1-megapixel Dynax 5D has the requisite manual exposure modes, but it also has five scene modes located on a top-mounted dial.

Advanced users will appreciate that the camera has a dedicated ISO button located prominently just beside the mode dial, and that it has a dedicated white-balance dial on the top just to the left of the flash – an unusual but welcome feature.

The LCD is one of the largest in the digital SLR market at 2.5-inches. The information on the display rotates automatically if you rotate the camera, and you can magnify the information. However, images look grainy on the LCD – making you think that you’ve botched some shots when you haven’t.

An antishake mechanism is built into the camera body rather than the lens – as with other cameras offering antishake mechanisms – so optional lenses should be less expensive.

In our image-quality tests, the Dynax 5D showed above-average ability in our tests for exposure and colour quality. However, its image sharpness was low, with only Pentax’s *ist DS delivering less detailed shots.