Summary: The D7 is great value now it's being remaindered. BUT 1. You need to upgrade the internal software (Minolta call it firmware) This gives you near D7i performance for about $(...), much faster focusing and lots of other improvements. (see minoltausa.com and/or some of the specialist minolta D7 websites) 2. You must have quality 2000 mah NiMh batteries and charge them using a quality 'intelligent' pulse charger. (Rayovac PS4b?) 3.
Summary: I read lots of reviews and handled lots of high-end digital cameras before deciding on the Dimage 7. I'm not disappointed. The Dimage 7 handles very like a good 35. The manual zoom, an astounding 28-200mm, provides lots of composition latitude. All controls are handy and easy to use. Learning curve is really flat. Photos are sharper than 35mm film images (when resampled to 300 dpi and printed at a lab). Most complaints seem to be in the power consumption area.
Summary: Got the Dimage 7 a couple weeks ago. It too came with the Quest NiMh batteries and charger. The 1600 mAh batteries last for 150-200 pictures. Thats about the same I get on my Canon Powershot 100 Elph. Be sure to fully charge your NiMh! Many people get NiMh fast chargers and take the batteries out when the charger say its full. NiMh are difficult to fast charge especially when they are new (am using them for several years).
Summary: I bought this camera 1 week before Christmas and had it in our trip to Rome. I did ~1000 picture and I don't know better camera now. I had a Nikon 5000 for few days after trip and decided to keep Dimage 7. This is real ZLR camera, very good (and fast) zoom, many manual settings. My camera included Quest rechargable bataries and they work good. I had another set of rechargable batareies and these two sets work for whole day. I had little problem this my old Mr. Flash CF.
Summary: My interest in photography has really been renewed since I bought the Dimage 7 two months ago. This camera has incredible flexibility - which was overwhelming at first. But I set up some basic settings (size and quality) and stuck with the minimum controls (shutter speed, aperature, EV, and white balance)to get used to the camera.
Summary: WOW! I am really impressed by this camera. But first, lets talk about the battery "problem". You must read the documentation that comes with the camera. It clearly says that Alkaline batteries are INADEQUATE for this camera! One thing I really loved is the fact that Minolta, realizing the mistake of shipping the camera with only 4 measly alkalines is now including 4 1600 mAh Nickel Metal Hydride batteries (Quest) AND a charger! this certainly helps.
Summary: Hi All Have been reading some of the reviews about this camera and agree with most. Although some people seem to be dissatisfied with the battery life of this camera, my experience is as follows. When I bought my Dimage 7 I was told that the batteries with the camera were for "testing only" and was advised to buy some Ni Mh . Bought 3 sets of 15000mah...and auto charger...This extra out-lay is annoying but well worth it.
Summary: The manual functions, 7x zoom and amazing quality of pictures are the reasons why I gave this camera 5 stars. Sure alkaline batteries in this thing are a joke, but with some 1600 mAh AA NiMH batteries and a fast charger ... I get 150+ shots per set of batteries (30% flash). Buy another set on batteries at [price]and you have more power for a days outing than you need. Kudos to Minolta for not chaining the consumer to a proprietary LiOH battery.
Summary: To my mind, a camera should be a tool, not a participant. I love this camera, because it does whatever you tell it to do, and doesn't frustrate you with a lot of "smart" features. I had a 35mm camera once with "autofocus"-- so-called "point-and-shoot," and it drove me crazy, because half the time, it didn't focus on what I actually wanted in the picture. This camera gives the user total control of light, aperture and zoom.
Summary: This is my first digital camera and I am thrilled. I have been a 35mm hobby photographer for 30 years and feel I will never use film again. You can easily point and shoot with spectacular results. I' ve had mine two months and have only scratched the surface of the possibilities as I learn it's creative features. You MUST "process" each photo on your computer with the included DiMage Image processing software before every picture can be called perfect.