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Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D / Dynax 7D

 
Minolta Maxxum 7D / Dynax 7D

Category: Prosumer

The affordable digital SLR category is heating up with the introduction of the Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D / Dynax 7D.

The Konica Minolta 7D features 6.1-megapixel resolution on an APS-sized (23.7 x 15.6 mm) CCD image sensor. Its main differentiator from its competitors is Konica Minolta's unique Anti-Shake system first pioneered in the DiMAGE A1. Instead of shifting a lens (thus requiring you to purchase expensive Image Stabilized lenses), the Anti-Shake technology precisely shifts the CCD to compensate for camera movement on both the vertical and horizontal axis, thus providing effective camera-shake protection with a wide range of telephoto, wide-angle, macro and standard lenses.

The large 2.5-in. LCD monitor (with 207,000 pixels) makes image reviewing easy. The optical viewfinder uses a glass pentaprism and a spherical acute matte focusing screen (with 0.9x magnification) for bright and easy framing.

The Konica Minolta 7D uses MAXXUM SLR series controls for intuitive operation. As expected, the Minolta 7D provides full exposure flexibility with a 9-point AF system and a choice of 14-segment honeycomb-pattern, center-weighted average or spot metering modes; instant switch from auto to manual focusing; a high-capacity buffer memory; high-speed continuous shooting of up to 9 frames (at a speed of 3 fps) in RAW and RAW+JPEG (15 frames at JPEG, L-FINE); an AF Illuminator (using the built-in flash) for low-light focusing; and hi-speed USB 2.0 connectivity.

A wide variety of optional accessories is available: those who take lots of vertically oriented shots will appreciate the availability of an optional vertical control grip; external flashes, including macro ring flash; and, off-camera flash accessories.

Two new lenses introduced specially for the Konica Minolta 7D are: a wide-angle zoom AF 17 - 35mm f/2.8 - 4(D); and a zoom AF 28 - 75mm f/2.8(D) with f/2.8 aperture at any focal length. A large number of existing Konica Minolta film SLR lenses using the Minolta A-type bayonet mount are also compatible. [Note that, because the image sensor is APS-sized instead of full-frame, the actual focal length is roughly 1.5 times longer than those stated.]

Advanced amateur and prosumer photographers who desire a quality and professional digital SLR at an affordable price will want to include the Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D / Dynax 7D on their shortlist of candidates.

 
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QuickFact™ Sheet
  Minolta Dynax 7D / Maxxum 7D  
  Image Sensor 6.1 effective megapixels
Interline primary color CCD (23.7 mm x 15.6 mm) with interlace scan
Anti-Shake Technology
 
  Lens Minolta A-type bayonet mount  
  Auto Focus
TTL phase-detection system
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
 
  Shutter Speed
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)
 
  Exposure Control P/Full-auto program (Programmed AE with program shift), A, S, M  
  Shooting Modes Drive mode: Single,Continuous, 10 s / 2 s Self-timer, Single bracket, Continuous bracket;
Continuous: 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)
 
  Exposure Compensation ± 3EV in 1/2 EV increments, ± 2EV in 1/3 EV increments;
Exposure Bracketing: With 0.3 / 0.5 EV increments, 3 / 5 frames
 
  Light Metering Direct TTL metering; 14-segment honeycomb-pattern metering, Center-weighted metering, Spot metering  
  White Balance Automatic, Preset (Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Flash), Custom,Color temperature setting available  
  Viewfinder Eye-level fixed system with optical-glass pentaprism; Spherical Acute Matte (G-type as standard); Approx. 95% coverage
 
  LCD 2.5-inch TFT color, Total pixels: 207,000  
  ISO Sensitivity Auto, ISO 100 / 200 / 400 / 800 / 1600 / 3200 equivalents
 
  Storage Media Type I and Type II CompactFlash Cards / Microdrive, SD*Memory Cards / Multi Media Card* * with optional SD-CF1 in use  
  Battery Lithium-ion battery NP-400  
  Included Accessories
No Memory Card incl.
Li-Ion Battery NP-400 with Battery Charger BC-400
A/V Cable VC-500, USB Cable USB-2
Eyepiece Cup EC-1400; Body Cap BDC-1000; Eyepiece Cap II; LCD Monitor Protect Panel MPP-1000; Shoe Cap SC-1000
Strap (Wide)
Software CD-ROMs (DiMAGE Viewer)
 
  Dimensions (W x H x D) 150 x 106 x 77.5 mm /
5.9 x 4.2 x 3.1 in.
 
  Weight (Camera body only) 760 g / 26.8 oz.  
  MSRP $  

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