Reviews and Problems with Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D / Dynax 7D / Alpha-7 Digital
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The Luminous Landscape
13 January 2009
Conclusion: In the end, anyone committed to Minolta lenses will likely find the Maxxum 7D to be an excellent choice – fully competitive with other camera maker’s digital SLR offerings. For those choosing a new digital camera who are without a legacy lens collection to sway their choice, the Maxxum 7D will be...
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...
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: 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.
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 'An...
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 ...
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: The anti-shake's in the body! Who wouldn't be skeptical? Canon, Nikon, and Sigma have built anti-shake mechanisms into a selected few, expensive lenses. Why should Minolta optical engineers think they could win at the anti-shake game by putting such a device in the digital SLR camera body itself?
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.
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 ...
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
Conclusion: The Dynax 7D's all-round performance is only average. Its main advantages are its anti-shake system, which will only prove useful in specific conditions, and its control layout and general build quality.