Reviews and Problems with Konica Minolta Maxxum 5D / Dynax 5D
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Value for money 10
Ease of use 9
Picture quality 9
18 September 2006
Conclusion: Konica Minolta Dynax 5D digital reflex camera Very soon after the well appreciated Dynax 7D Konica Minolta introduced an entry-level model: the Konica Minolta Dynax 5D. The 5D D-SLR is without doubt a very interesting digital reflex camera. Not only for those who are already in the possession of an assortment of Konica Minolta lenses.
Summary: The Konica Minolta Dynax 5D makes an ideal D-SLR for those not already locked into another system camera, for those moving across from film, or if you’re simply trading up from a digital compact. There are bound to be some cheap deals around on second hand 5D's. See also the technologically-similar Sony Alpha DSLR.
Pros: Good price, good specification and handling, easy to use, large 2.5-inch colour LCD, USB 2.0 connectivity, super image quality.
Cons: High contrast images can suffer from lost highlight detail.
Excerpt: The Maxxum 5D is the entry-level digital SLR in Konica Minolta's lineup. Like its big brother, the Maxxum 7D, the 5D has Minolta's exclusive Anti-shake system, making the two the only D-SLRs with image stabilization built into the camera body. Both cameras have 6.1 Megapixel CCDs, full manual controls, and large LCD displays. So what separates the 5D and 7D?
Pros: Excellent photo quality; good high ISO performance, Anti-shake system adds stabilization to all Maxxum AF lenses, Solid build quality, Large 2.5" LCD display (though see issue below), Full manual controls, Built-in flash can be used as AF-assist lamp, Hot shoe for external flash, Redeye not a problem, Support for RAW image format; decent software included for editing RAW images, Useful info screen on LCD; rotates when you shoot vertically; shuts off when you use the v...
Cons: Below average shot-to-shot speeds, Low resolution LCD, Proprietary hot shoe, No USB 2.0 High Speed support, No battery grip available
Excerpt: Physical Views Compare the size of the Maxxum 5D and the Olympus E-300 Evolt Compare the size of the Maxxum 5D and the Pentax ist DS Continue on to Page Two MAXXUM 5D Specifications Number of effective pixels Approx. 6.1 million CCD 23.5mm x 15.7mm interline primary-color, interlace scan with a total of approx.
Conclusion: If you owned an older Minolta camera and have a collection of Minolta A-mount lenses, choosing this $899 D-SLR is a no-brainer; it’s an excellent D-SLR. The brain buster occurs for folks with a clean slate and are surveying the ever-growing D-SLR landscape, some of the better 7- and 8MP digicams or the wild card 10.3MP $999 Sony DSC-R1 due November 20th.
Pros: Sturdy; nicely-featured 6.1MP D-SLR
Cons: Poor LCD screen; very accurate images don't have real "pop"
Summary: The Konica Minolta Dynax 5D is a very good camera. Its feel and finish belie the budget price. The design and controls are intelligently thought out and this results in rich and colourful images. It’s a tough decision between this little beauty and the Nikon D50. Takes older Minolta lenses as well as the newer types. Working in the professional field for quite some time i have seen many cameras come and go, but this little weapon came as a pleasant surprise to me.
Summary: : Film SLRs typically produce much higher quality photos than standard point and shoot films cameras, and the same goes for Digital SLRs. If you're in the market for a Digital SLR, then the Konica Minolta Dynax 5D / Maxxum 5D is an excellent choice, being both easy to use, and capable, image quality is excellent with very low-noise, anti-shake works very well, and the camera with kit lens is excellent value for money - however if you are more used to compact digital /...
Pros: Built in Anti-Shake CCD allows excellent blur free low-light handheld photos., Excellent colour, Excellent image quality, Quick operation, especially quick switch on time, and continuous shooting mode, Red-eye free photos, Auto-rotates display (for portait photography), Automatically switches off screen when looking through the viewfinder, Good zoom range kit lens - from wide (27mm) to telephoto (105mm equiv.), Very low-noise upto ISO400/800, some noise in ISO1600 ima...
Cons: Slightly low-resolution screen (115k pixels), Some exposure problems (requires more thought and knowledge can be fixed later if shooting in RAW), Default photos slightly soft with kit lens however, they sharpen very well, and sharpness can be altered in camera
Summary: The Konica Minolta Dynax 5D, also known as the Maxxum 5D is a more than capable entry level camera and most more advanced amateurs will find that it does all that they need too. It certainly has features above and beyond most of the other entry level cameras available at present. A minor bugbear is having to light up the rear screen to find how many frames are available on the CF card.
Pros: Responsive, accurate, nine point autofocus, Excellent noise control, Easily navigated menu system. Easily understood., Large, adjustable rear LCD, Improved metering over 7D, Anti-shake is a bonus and graph helps you concentrate on holding the camera still., Flash works well
Cons: Auto WB still not perfect, Lack of easily seen frame counter, Too easy to move AF point with rocker wheel accidentally, Card format still takes nine clicks!