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148 of 149 found the following review helpful:
Finally something for the novice Oct 24, 2000
For years I have waited for a SLR camera that allowed the user to change lenses and had features common to most instamatic cameras. A camera that would take the guesswork out of focusing or choosing the right settings, and at a price that I could afford. Minolta's QTsi had what I was looking for. With the 35-80mm lens, that comes with it, it allows for closeups as well as extending the shooting distancen and all with professional quality. By adding a lens or two, Minolta allows the user to take telephoto or extreem closeup photographs without breaking the bank. The QTsi comes with a flash that takes excellent photgraphs in little or no light, as long as the subject is not out of the recommended distance, it also allows the attachment of a larger flash unit that will increase the flash distance. The booklet is very helpful and honest in informing the user on how to use the camera and lens properly to achieve the best results, and does so in easy to understand language. The AF (Automatic Focus) feature is great for those of us who wear glasses or contacts, and may have trouble knowing if the subject is actually focused. No more out of focus shots because we have compensated for our poor vision. With the addition of a tripod, taking family photos can be done any time, like when the grandkids come for the weekend and there is no time to get to a professional studio. With the 10 second timer, you can get in the picture too, and even eleminate redeye in closeups. If you are like me and have been wanting to step-up to SLR photography but they seemed complicated, complex and to expensive Minolta's QTsi is the camera for you.
131 of 132 found the following review helpful:
A must for beginner photographers! Jun 14, 2000
By Luis Gallo
"Luis Eduardo Gallo"
The Maxxum Qtsi is a beautifully crafted SLR camera that is as easy to use as a point and shoot. The programmed autoexposure gives you five preset exposure modes, for sports, portraits, landscapes, close-ups and nightscenes. I have tried each one and I have got nice pictures on each mode quickly and without complications. The only drawback in this matter is that the Maxxum QTsi has not a B (Bulb mode) so you won't be able to take longer exposure pictures, so this camera is of not use for astrophotography. Other than that, for less than $ 300.oo, you will get a pretty lightweight camera that will give excellent pictures with its 35-80mm zoom lens also crafted by Minolta. A plus is that you can attach to this camera all of Minolta's extensive line of AF lenses,as well as AF lenses and filters of other brands. For its price, its simplicity, the quality of the pictures, and its looks, this camera is a must for the casual or the beginner photographer, for the tourist or even the camera buffs!
36 of 36 found the following review helpful:
Perfect step up from a Point and Shoot May 18, 2001
By Nitin V Putcha
After years of playing with all kinds of point and shoot cameras, in all the price ranges, I decided to get a camera that I could improve my skills with. This baby is IT! For the price and the features (I got two lenses with it) this is a no-brainer.
If you are an amateur, looking to get more out of your pictures, this camera will have you shooting nicer, sharper, and more appealing pictures right from the start. In FUll Auto mode, it works similarly to any poiint and shoot camera (but MUCH nicer picture quality!) and if you want to tweak, you can adjust a (nearly) full range of settings.
The body itself is smaller than the average SLR, (which I like) and the overall fit and finish is top notch. You'll get stares and "wow! can I see that?" lines from everyone.
25 of 25 found the following review helpful:
Easy To Use Oct 21, 2000
By Sandy Benner
I love my camera. It's lightweight, easy to use, and the pictures came out great. I took it to a race track, where the cars were going very fast, and the pictures came out great. Great for a beginner or experienced photographer!
18 of 18 found the following review helpful:
Takes Great Pictures Aug 13, 2001
By M. D. Thomas
My wife and I chose this camera as our first non-phd camera (push here dummy). It is very easy to use and takes great pictures. So far we have not had any problems finding accessories for this camera when we have wanted to purchase them. It's functions are easy to learn and my wife had everything she needs to start a photography class next semester. I would recommend this camera to anyone purchasing one.
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