Unlike most other compact zoom cameras that use a single infrared beam for autofocusing, the Minolta Vectis 3000 has three precisely aligned LED beams and over 400 focusing steps to sense your subject, and measure the distance between it and the camera. This means that you get crisp, in-focus shots regardless of the lighting situation. Once you have your subject focused, the Vectis 3000 lets you lock the focus by holding the shutter-release button part of the way down, and then reposition your subject anywhere in the viewfinder frame.
The Vectis 3000 also features a newly developed 3x, 22-66mm zoom lens that gives you high image quality and continual focal length selection with just one button. The 22-66mm lens is versatile enough to be used for almost every kind of photography scene, from landscape to group shots to portraits, and even detailed close-ups.
With the easy-to-use APS film system, you no longer have to worry if you've loaded the film correctly. You can also change the film cartridge at any frame. This allows you the freedom to switch back and forth between color and black-and-white film, or to keep your subject matter on separate rolls. The stylish, lightweight Vectis 3000 has a sleek, slim aluminum body that protects the controls by retracting or extending as needed.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Just when I thought the Vectis 2000 was the best APS on the market, here comes the Vectis 3000! Minolta addressed and solved the 2000's shortcomings in the newest model (i.e. 3x vs 2x zoom, mid-roll film change, a sturdier case and a lens when in the normal position is flush with the camera body eliminating the need to wait while the lens retracts into the body prior to closing the case. Picture quality is excellent, although I strongly recommend a 200 speed film for panoramic use. Fuji Nexis 200 performs very well in the 24mm format when in panaormic mode. The 3000 is quite pricy for an APS -- I paid $319 at a local retailer -- but worth every penny!
I bought this camera for my wife on the strength of a review in Amazon. Now I won't let her use it; it is fantastic. The pictures are much more clear than I was expecting; they rival my 35mm SLR photos. It is a somewhat tender camera, so I would not recommend it for individuals who plan on using it in rough circumstances. I dropped it on a carpeted floor and it landed on the closed flash, jamming it and requiring repair. Initially I was a little disappointed in the flash re-cycle time, which seemed slow to me. However, on the whole it works well beyond my expectations and I am looking forward to finding my wife something else to use.
i could not wait to get this camera, and was all i hoped for, except for one thing. did not come with the battery. it only comes with the strap. so if you plan on purchasing this camera make sure you buy a battery and some film, to go along with it. other than that is is great, small enough to fit in your pocket and takes great pictures
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