MINOLTA Dynax (Maxxum) 7D
Type: 35mm SLR digital camera.
Lens Mount: Minolta A mount.
Image Sensor: Interline primary color CCD (23.7 mm x 15.6 mm) with interlace scan.
No. of Pixels: Total 6.3 million; Effective: 6.1 million.
Sensitivity: Auto / 100 /200 / 400 / 800/ 1600 / 3200 equivalents.
White Control Balance: Automatic, Preset (Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Flash), Custom, Color temperature setting available
Recording Media: CompactFlash I and II Cards / Microdrive, SD*Memory 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.
Folder Name Formats: Standard, Date.
No. of Recorded Pixels Storage Capacity (with 256MB CF card in L: 3008 x 2000, M: 2256 x 1496, S: 1504 x 1000 size): 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: -2, -1, 0, +1, +2 steps.
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.
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.
Type: Minolta’s TTL phase-detection system with CCD line sensors\ (9-point, 8 lines, center cross-hair sensors.
AF Sensitivity Range: Ev-1-EV18 (at 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: between 1m and 5m (between 3.3 ft and 16.4 ft).
Metering Type: Direct TTL metering; 14-segment honeycomb-pattern metering, Center-weighted metering, Spot metering.
Metering Cell: 14-segment honeycomb-pattern SPC.
Metering Range: between EV 0 (EV 3 with Spot metering) and 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 (1/2 EV increments), +/- 2EV (1/3 EV increments).
Flash Compensation: +/- 2EV (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.
Guide No. 12 (in meters at ISO 100), 17 (ISO 200).
* with 24mm lens cover in use
Recycling Time: 3s (approx.).
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).
Type: Electronically-controlled, vertical-traverse, focal-plane type.
Range: Between 1/4000s and 30s, Time-exposure (Bulb).
Flash Sync Sspeed: 1/160s (Anti-Shake OFF), 1/125s (Anti-Shake ON).
Type: Eye-level fixed system with optical-glass pentaprism.
Focusing Screen: Spherical Acute Matte (G-type as standard).
Field of View: 95% (approx.).
* with 50mm lens focused on infinity, at -1 m-1
Eye Relief: 25mm (approx.) from the eyepiece, 21mm from the eyepiece frame in -1 dioptor
(-1m-1), Eyepiece cup removable.
Diopter Control: Between -3.0 and +1.0 m-1.
Drive Mode: Single,Continuous, 10 s / 2 s Self-timer, Single bracket, Continuous bracket.
Continuous Advance: 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: 10s / 2s delay selectable, with time display by LED.
Exposure Bracketing: 0.3 / 0.5 EV increments, 3 / 5 frames.
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).
Type: 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).
Other Functions: Instant playback, zone matching, remote-storage function*
*Requires firmware update (firmware updater and DiMAGE Transfer software are available for download since 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.
Dimensions (WxHxD): 150 mm x 106 mm x 77.5 mm / 5.9 in. x 4.2 in. x 3.1 in.
Weight: 760 g / 26.8 oz.
* without batteries and recording media
- 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.
You know I’m not a great fan of digital photography; not a secret. However, I had an opportunity to work with this camera when shooting wedding photos with my friend. Hi, Maciej! I had some more SRL in my hands and I am sure that if I had to choose a digital SRL camera, it would be Dynax/Maxxum 7D.
Every photographer has its own, inspected stuff they trust; we are accustomed to makes. Maybe this is the explanation of my praise for Minolta. If you were using Minolta’s film cameras of Dynax/Maxxum series, you will easily get used to 7D, that’s certain. But this camera works really great. All the often used functions are easy to get, and the menu is simple but more than sufficient. Anti-shake system workd really good; and the idea of allocating it in the camera is brilliant (the great solution for photographers, but worse for company: with its innovations, Konica Minolta seemed to gain followers and lose income). The company’s retired, thus I won’t convince you to buy 7D but I can assure you that it’s a great equipment.
All data from www.konicaminolta.com.