Summary: This is my first digicam and it's been keeping me company for 2 months. The main reason that made it stand out from my other choices was the GT lens which Minolta incorporated as a main feature of the company's great return to the digi-world. I had confidence in the lens and it doesn't let me down either. The pictures are stunning in color and sharpness! No doubt about it. However, there are two drawbacks that hinder my rating the camera 5 stars.
Summary: I just thought it was important to point out that this camera doesn't have a microphone to record audio during movie recording. It's not a big deal, but this website didn't say that anywhere, so I purchased it, and then found out. I haven't received it yet, but I'm still excited. I might have waited for the 7i, but not just for audio. But remember, if audio movie recording is important to you, then don't get this camera!
Summary: Where to start. The pros I guess. If you take the time to learn the camera it can take some VERY good pictures. The fact that some people have problems with it, I think, stems from the fact that they don't take the time to learn all the features. This isn't a point and shoot camera. (Although it does pretty good at that.) That being said, on to the bad. The autofocus [is bad] Really, this is one area that just makes me more mad every time I use it.
Summary: After a couple of years owning a Kodak DC290, the Minolta Dimage 7 was a very welcome step-up in digital cameras. Here's a quick list of the qualities I really like about this camera: The image resolution (It's 4.91 megapixel effective resolution CCD actually allows small details in the picture to be visable and sharp); the acurate colors (once the image is run throught the Minolta Image Viewer utility, which is a necessity to convert the images from it's native Minolta...
Summary: This camera is excellent in every way except one (which I mention at the end.) The quality of the images out-weighs every camera in its class. And, it gives full control of most every camera feature. Like others have said, you need to use NiMHi batteries. And, you must purchase a larger CF card. I would recommend at least a 128MB card. And, for each 128MB card, a set of 4 AA NiMHi batteries and a charger.
Summary: I like the Dimage line and have very favorably reviewed the Dimage 5, which is essentially the same camera without the 5 megapixel capability of the Dimage 7. This enhanced resolution adds nearly 50% to the price. What it offers, in short, is the ability to enlarge photos taken on the Dimage 7 to poster size without their losing clarity. Basically, that's it. On the negative side, images recorded in 5 meg mode take longer to write (i.e.
Great results, but not the best for point-and-shooters
Amazon Customer, Amazon
29 November 2001
Summary: The good: high resolution allows a lot of cropping; 28mm and 200mm wide and tele settings are MUCH better than the 35mm and 105mm found on most other cameras; plenty of adjustments. For instance, it's got matrix, spot, and center-weighted metering, and I've used them all. If you are an advanced amateur and really enjoy digital photography, this is a great camera. It was designed for you.
Summary: I like this camera. I'm what I call a professional amateur with lots of cameras. I've been taking pictures for 36 years with several different point and shoot, seven different Nikons, the Hasselblad 500 C/M, and now with a handful of digital. I've used an original Casio (<<1meg), an original Sony Mavica (<1meg), a Kodak DC290 (2.1), the Olympus C2100 (2.1), and now the Minolta Dimage 7 (5.24), which I chose instead of the Olympus E-10 (4meg).
Summary: My camera decision came down between the Dimage 7 and the Olympus E-10. My former camera was a Fuji MX2900. I wanted two things in the new camera: SLR design and feel and pixels! I wanted a digicam that can truly replace my film SLR. The Dimage 7 was a bit more affordable than the E-10 and beat it in nearly every technical spec. What finally sold me was the zoom capability of the D-7, its wider range of shutter speeds, and wide range of manual options.
Summary: I just received this camera and am more than impressed with the quality of the images it produces. A side by side comparison of the same shot on my Nikon Coolpix 990 and the new Minolta clearly told the tale. The Nikon picture is good when blown up to 8 x 10 inches, but you can still discern pixelization. The Minolta Dimage 7 picture with its 5.2 million pixels is truly film quality. I haven't blown one up past the 8 x 10 test yet, but the first results are superb.