Reviews and Problems with Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D / Dynax 7D / Alpha-7 Digital
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Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D
3 August 2006
Conclusion: The Maxxum 7D is a very well-built, intelligently designed camera with excellent handling characteristics and antishake technology. It's a little pricey when compared with the competition, and the built-in flash could be better, but we can't quibble with the feel or the image quality.
Pros: Extensive, intelligently placed analog controls. Big, bright LCD. Antishake technology works with any lens. Very clean images.
Cons: Small buffer limits the number of shots in a single burst. Our daylight shot was underexposed. Built-in flash was inconsistent. More expensive than the competition.
Excerpt: Konica Minolta has finally entered the arena for high end DSLR's with the new Dynax 7D digital camera - producing some outstanding results. In many reviews on the web, you will find that each review has been conducted using a zoom lens which is good, but by no means as good a fixed focal length pro lens. This review was conducted using 3 professional fixed focal length lenses - 20mm, 50mm and 100mm AF lenses, to see what the camera is really capable of.
Excerpt: We put a pre-production Konica Minolta Dynax 7D through its paces at one of the biggest sporting events of the yearMonday, 22nd November - This hands-on preview started with a report on a pre-production sample camera, of which we weren't able to provide image quality feedback.
Conclusion: The Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D has come late to the party, but, if I may be allowed to torture the analogy a bit, it is one of the most attractive dates to show up. It is priced just slightly above its competitors, and even this is likely to smooth out as the pipeline gets filled, and the initial feeding frenzy settles down.
Conclusion: In use the 7D proved to be an excellent 'photographic tool', it feels good to hold, it's easy to change settings (thanks to the fact that almost all the major settings have external buttons / levers) and the camera feels responsive in use. The 7D is one of those cameras which I enjoyed using and encourages you to shoot more and experiment more (the availability and access to manual controls achieves this).
Pros: Good resolution, as good as the best six megapixel digital SLR's, Vibrant color response, fairly contrasty images (although not over the top), Low noise at higher sensitivities, although at the expense of detail and sharpness, Unique Anti-Shake system built into camera, All your lenses become 'Anti-Shake' at no extra cost, Excellent manual control, usable and comprehensive external control layout, Excellent build quality, feels very robust, quite 'hefty', Bright viewf...
Cons: Some color clipping with the sRGB Natural+ color mode, Slower-than-the-competition startup time (2.6 sec before you can take a shot), No automatic rotation of images in play mode (despite recording of orientation), Long exposure NR limited to 30 seconds, some black pitting, Tendency for metering system to under-expose, needs a little positive compensation, Poor automatic white balance in artificial light, Flash must be raised for AF assist, Supplied DiMAGE Viewer prod...
Excerpt: At first glance, the Konica
Minolta Maxxum 7D ($1599, body only) looks like just another
digital SLR. But look inside and you'll find a feature
that makes it stand out from the crowd. That feature
is KM's exclusive Anti-shake system, which has also
been seen on several of their consumer cameras. This
system puts the CCD sensor on a movable plane that
can shift to compensate for motion.
Pros: Excellent photo quality (with sharpness up a notch), even at high ISO sensitivity, Anti-shake system adds stabilization to nearly all Maxxum AF lenses, Built like a tank, Superb performance (save for CF read/write speeds), Large 2.5" LCD display, Useful info screen on LCD; rotates when you shoot vertically; shuts off when you use the viewfinder, Handy dials on body make changing settings easy (though some locks would be nice), Hot shoe + flash sync port for external f...
Cons: Expensive, Soft images at default settings, Minolta's RAW conversion tools leave much to be desired, Slow USB connection, Long read/write times to CF card (especially after a burst of photos), Limited "zoom and scroll" feature
Excerpt: Physical Views Compare MAXXUM 7D and Nikon D70 Continue on to Page Two MAXXUM 7D 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. 6.3 million pixels, 3:2 aspect ratio Camera sensitivity AUTO and 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600 and 3200 ISO equivalents Lens Mount Minolta A-type bayonet 1.5x focal length multiplier Recording media CompactFlash Type I and Type II, Microdrives Storage...
Excerpt: Konica Minolta has taken a long time to bring a digital SLR to the market, giving Canon, Nikon and Pentax a substantial head start. How many Minolta owners have defected to these brands in the meantime?