Konica Minolta - Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D

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Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D Digital Camera Review

Camera Type Digital SLR camera with built-in flash and interchangeable lens
LENS USED Minolta A-type bayonet mount
IMAGE CAPTURE Image sensor Interline primary color CCD (23.7 mm x 15.6 mm) with interlace scan
No. of pixels (approx.) Total: 6.3 million, Effective: 6.1 million
Sensitivity Auto, ISO 100 / 200 / 400 / 800 / 1600 / 3200 equivalents
White balance control Automatic, Preset (Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Flash), Custom,Color temperature setting available
RECORDING Recording media Type I and Type II CompactFlash Cards / Microdrive, SDMemory Cards / Multi Media Card* with optional SD-CF1 in use
File format JPEG, RAW, RAW+JPEG,
(DCF 2.0 compliant, DPOF supported by printing functions in ver.1.1, Exif 2.2)
Format function FAT 12, 16, 32 supported
Folder name formats Standard, Date
No. of recorded pixels Storage capacity (approx.)
(with 256MB CF card in L / M / S size)
L: 3008 x 2000, M: 2256 x 1496, S: 1504 x 1000
STD: 138 / 235 / 463, FINE: 81 / 141 / 292, EXTRA-FINE: 41 / 72 / 157,
RAW+JPEG: 19 / 21 / 23, RAW: 26 / - / -
Color mode Natural (sRGB), Natural+ (sRGB), Adobe RGB
Image quality mode Standard, Fine, Extra-fine, Raw, RAW+JPEG
Contrast / saturation / sharpness / hue adjustment 5 steps: -2, -1, 0, +1, +2
Noise reduction Available at shutter speed longer than 1 s
Delete function Single, multiple, or all frames in a folder / memory card can be deleted
selectable in the Menu, except single frame deletion
PLAYBACK LCD monitor 2.5-inch TFT color, Total pixels: 207,000
No. of frame displayed 1, Index (4, 9, 16 selectable)
Display mode Image only, image + text, image + text + histogram
AF SYSTEM Type TTL phase-detection system
Sensor CCD line sensors (9 points, 8 lines with center cross-hair sensor)
Sensitivity range EV-1 ~ EV18 (ISO 100 equivalent)
Main functions Wide area with local area selection, AF-A/C/S/MF switchable, predictive focus control for moving subject, auto-tracking focus-point display
AF illuminator Activated with the built-in flash in low-light / low contrast situations.
Range: 1 m ~ 5 m / 3.3 ft ~ 16.4 ft
AE SYSTEM Metering type Direct TTL metering; 14-segment honeycomb-pattern metering, Center-weighted metering, Spot metering
Metering cell 14-segment honeycomb-pattern SPC
Metering range EV 0 (EV 3 with Spot metering) ~ EV 20 (ISO 100 equivalent, with f/1.4 lens)
Exposure modes P/Full-auto program (Programmed AE with program shift), A, S, M
Exposure compensation 3EV in 1/2 EV increments, 2EV in 1/3 EV increments
Flash compensation 2EV in 1/2 EV increments
Flash metering system Multi-segment ADI / P-TTL flash metering, Manual
AE lock Automatically activated with AF lock. Available with AEL button
BUILT-IN FLASH Guide No. GN 12 (in meters at ISO 100), GN 17 (ISO 200) with 24mm lens cover in use
Recycling time Approx. 3 s
Control Manual switchover; lift-up for Fill Flash, push down for Flash Cancel
Flash mode Fill Flash, Pre Flash with Red-eye reduction.
(Rear flash sync, Wireless/Remote off-camera flash, High-speed sync: Flash available with external flashes)
SHUTTER Type Electronically-controlled, vertical-traverse, focal-plane type
Range 1/4000 s ~ 30 s, Time-exposure (Bulb) possible
Flash sync speed 1/160 s (with Anti-Shake OFF), 1/125 s (with Anti-Shake ON)
VIEWFINDER Type Eye-level fixed system with optical-glass pentaprism
Focusing screen Spherical Acute Matte (G-type as standard)
Field of view Approx. 95%
Magnification 0.9x with 50mm lens focused on infinity, at -1 m-1
Eye relief Approx. 25 mm from the eyepiece, 21 mm from the eyepiece frame in -1 dioptor
(-1m-1), Eyepiece cup removable.
Diopter control -3.0 ~ +1.0 m-1
DRIVE Drive mode Single,Continuous, 10 s / 2 s Self-timer, Single bracket, Continuous bracket
Continuous advance(approx.) Max. 9 frames (RAW / RAW+JPEG),max. 12 frames (JPEG, L-EXTRA-FINE), max. 15 frames (JPEG, L-FINE)
Interval 2-240 frames, Interval time:0.5/1-10/15/20/30/45/60 minutes, Start timer is equipped. (Settings: 0.5 to 24 H, in 0.5 increments)
Self-timer 10 s / 2 s delay selectable, with time display by LED
Exposure bracketing With 0.3 / 0.5 EV increments, 3 / 5 frames
ANTI-SHAKE System CCD-Shift mechanism
Shake display LED indicator in viewfinder
Shake compensation Equivalent to 2 3 steps in shutter speed(varies according to the lens used & shooting conditions)
OTHERS Other functions Instant playback, zone matching, remote-storage function (Requires firmware update. Firmware updater and DiMAGE Transfer software will be available for download in January 2005.)
PC interface USB 2.0 High-Speed
Video output PAL / NTSC
Operating temperature 0 to 40 degrees centigrade / 32 to 104 degrees Fahrenheit
Printing output control Exif Print, PRINT Image Matching III, PictBridge
Battery Lithium-ion battery NP-400
Battery performance No. of frames recorded: approx. 400 (CIPA measurement),
approx. 600 (Konica Minolta measurement)
External power source 6 V DC (with specified AC adapter AC-11), Vertical Control Grip VC-7D (possible to adopt two NP-400 batteries, or six AA size Ni-MH batteries)
Dimensions (WxHxD) Approx. 150 mm x 106 mm x 77.5 mm / 5.9 in. x 4.2 in. x 3.1 in.
Weight (approx.) Approx. 760 g / 26.8 oz. without batteries and recording media
COMPATIBLE COMPUTERS IBM PC / AT compatible computers: Windows Me, Windows 2000 Professional, Windows XP (Home / Professional), Windows 98, or Windows 98 Second Edition
Apple Macintosh computers:Mac OS 9.0 9.2.2, Mac OS X v.10.1.3 10.1.5, v.10.2.1 10.2.8, v.10.3 10.3.5.

Review by: Steve
Lacation: Wichita,Kansas
Type of Sport: Point and shoot cameras
Review Date: 04-18-2007
Cost Performace

It is very well designed and excellently built Digital SLR camera. It produces brilliant quality pictures. Quality of course depends on the proper usage of lens and exposure. It is built with anti-shake function and 2.5 inch LCD; very easy to operate, external settings are nicely installed.


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