The Minolta Dimage 7: We're Talking Mammoth Megapixels
5 September 2001
Excerpt: The Minolta Dimage 7 ($1,500 street) is the world's first 5-megapixel prosumer digital camera. Despite a few quirks and rough edges, the Dimage 7's ultrahigh resolution, innovative features, and unrivaled image quality will delight serious photo enthusiasts. The Dimage 7 incorporates Sony's 0.67-inch, 5.24 megapixel CCD (4.92 million effective pixels) for a maximum resolution of 2,560 by 1,920 pixels—enough data to generate 16- by 20-inch poster-size prints.
Conclusion: Here's my rating of the Minolta DiMAGE 7: (5 megapixel prosumer) The whole time I was reviewing the DiMAGE 7 my feelings for it were running hot and cold. It's so nearly the ultimate prosumer digital camera, just reading the specifications it's easy to see why the camera has generated so much interest. A 7x optical zoom lens which starts at 28 mm (something which may be a deciding factor for many).
Pros: Detailed images deliver good resolution, Once converted to sRGB colour space images show excellent, vivid colour, Big 7x optical zoom provides a lot of flexibility, especially useful 28 mm wide angle, Lens is good quality, very little chromatics, little distortion, fast (F2.8 - F3.5) for its reach, Fairly fast operation, fairly good startup and shot to shot times, let down by sometimes slow AF, Good selection of manual controls, Great levels of control over in-camera ...
Cons: Sometimes slow AF can frustrate, Very power hungry, requires multiple sets of spare batteries, Camera can get hot around hand grip (CF compartment area), Burst frame rate (1.2 fps) a bit of a disappointment, Image noise levels about the same as 3 megapixel prosumer, RAW/TIFF files lock camera during write operation, Pressing shutter release immediately after taking a shot is ignored (requires double press), New user may be confused by color space difference, not well ...
Excerpt: Unlike most 4- and 5-megapixel digital cameras, which are evolutionary improvements on previous, lower-resolution models, the Minolta DiMage 7 is a completely new product that incorporates advanced features and raises the bar for the competition. Although it has a few rough edges, the DiMage 7's feature set and superb lens make it perfect for serious photographers who want the best image quality possible.