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Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D

By dpreview staff on Sep 15, 2004 at 06:03 GMT

Konica Minolta today put the final 'meat on the bones' and officially announced the specifications for the Maxxum 7D (Dynax 7D) digital SLR. Much of it is as we had guessed, a Minolta A-type bayonet lens mount, a 1.5x FOV crop 6.1 million pixel CCD, Anti-Shake, Pentaprism viewfinder, 2.5" LCD monitor, RAW, RAW+JPEG, sRGB/Adobe RGB, ISO 100 - 3200, CF Type I/II storage and a Lithium-Ion battery.

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KONICA MINOLTA INTRODUCES THE MAXXUM 7D – WORLD’S FIRST*1 DIGITAL SLR CAMERA WITH REVOLUTIONARY BODY-INTEGRAL, ANTI-SHAKE TECHNOLOGY

New 6.1 megapixel interchangeable lens digital camera represents the culmination of the optical and photo-imaging expertise of two of the most respected names in photography

Mahwah, NJ (September 15, 2004) – Konica Minolta Photo Imaging U.S.A., Inc. today unveils the new Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D digital Single Lens Reflex (SLR) camera. This groundbreaking new 6.1-million-pixel resolution, interchangeable lens digital camera is the world’s first digital SLR featuring a body-integral CCD-shift, Anti-Shake (camera-shake compensation) technology that combines enhanced picture quality, performance and improved handling characteristics. This new digital SLR also features a large, easy-to-view, high-definition 2.5-inch color LCD monitor and is compatible with virtually any Maxxum AF lens.

“Drawing on the tradition of technical expertise that gave birth to the Maxxum 7000, the world's first body-integral autofocus 35mm SLR camera, the RD-175, one of the world's first consumer-use digital SLR's, and the world's first washless photofinishing system, the NPS-1 Mini Lab, the Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D draws on more than a century of optical and photo-imaging expertise of two of the most respected names in photography,” said Todd Schrader, vice president of marketing for Konica Minolta Photo Imaging U.S.A., Inc. “In addition, the new Maxxum 7D also inherits the intuitive operating ease of the award-winning Maxxum 7 35mm SLR, and maintains full compatibility with Maxxum system lenses and accessories which is sure to please loyal Maxxum photographers around the world.”

Specifically designed to match the performance requirements of the camera’s large 6-megapixel CCD, the Maxxum 7D’s unique, built-in exclusive CCD shift-type Anti-Shake technology makes this new camera the first digital SLR to feature a body-integral Anti-Shake function. This system instantly and precisely shifts the CCD to compensate for camera motion. And it’s so effective photographers can shoot at shutter speeds up to three steps slower than what they could use without it. So even in low light, photographers can keep their images clean and sharp, free of the image-degrading noise that creeps in when they boost ISO sensitivity. And because the mechanism is integrated directly into the Maxxum 7D’s cameras body, it works with virtually any Maxxum AF lens – a major advantage for photographers when compared to bulky and expensive lens-based optical stabilization systems and software-based “digital correction systems” that can degrade image quality.

Konica Minolta’s award-winning Anti-Shake technology provides images with reduced blur due to camera shake, even when shooting dimly lit scenes or when using telephoto lenses and shooting macro subjects without the aid of flash or a tripod.

The Maxxum 7D offers effective Anti-Shake protection with every lens*2 in the Maxxum AF line. Whether using telephoto, wide-angle, zoom, macro or standard, the system analyzes data on focal length, current aperture setting, and focusing distance so that it can optimize Anti-Shake performance to offer the highest level of protection.

In addition, the camera also features a large, easy-to-view, high-definition 2.5-inch color LCD monitor housed on its back-plate. The large screen handles the tasks of menu navigation and image display, also providing shooting information and camera setting displays.

The New Maxxum 7D also features Konica Minolta’s proprietary, CxProcess™ III image processing technology that delivers high-definition, natural-looking images. High speed image processing is achieved using the all-new Advanced LSI engine designed to help provide fast data handling for improved camera responsiveness and control.

In keeping with its acclaimed Maxxum film SLR counterpart, the Maxxum 7D inherits a similar, simple-to-use dial and lever operation system. Enhancing handling further, the new model also features a superbly-bright, easy-to-view, high-performance viewfinder designed to be comfortable and easy to use.

The new digital SLR also offers a comprehensive function set, designed to meet a diverse range of photographic challenges and user needs, complemented by a broad range of Maxxum accessories that give photographers a complete system back-up.

*1 As a lens-changeable digital SLR camera
*2 Except AF16mm Fish Eye and Macro Zoom 3x – 1x

Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D specifications

Price (Body only)

US: $ ??
UK: £ 1150

Body material Magnesium Alloy
Sensor • 23.5 x 15.7 mm CCD sensor
• RGB Color Filter Array
• Interline interlaced CCD
• Built-in fixed low-pass filter
• 6.31 million total pixels
• 6.1 million effective pixels
• 12-bit ADC
Image sizes

• 3008 x 2000
• 2256 x 1496
• 1504 x 1000

File formats • RAW (12-bit) (approx. 9.8 MB per image)
• RAW + JPEG (Fine)
• JPEG (EXIF 2.21) - (Extra Fine, Fine, Standard)
Color space • sRGB (Natural)
• sRGB (Natural+)
• Adobe RGB
Lenses Minolta A-type bayonet mount
FOV crop 1.5x
Anti-Shake • CCD-Shift Anti-shake system with LED indicator in viewfinder
• Anti-shake effect: Equivalent to 2 – 3 steps in shutter speed
Auto Focus • TTL CCD line sensors (9-points, 8 lines with center cross-hair sensor)
• Wide focus area, any area selectable (of 9)
• EV -1 to 18 (ISO 100) detection range
• Predictive focus control for moving subjects
• Auto-tracking focus point display
Focus modes • Single-shot AF
• Continuous AF
• Automatic AF
• Manual focus
AF assist • Yes, via flash
• 5.0 m range
Shooting modes

• Full Auto
• Programmed AE (with shift)
• Shutter priority AE
• Aperture priority AE
• Manual

Metering modes • 14-segment Honeycomb pattern
• Center-Weighted
• Spot
Metering range • EV 0 to 20 (at ISO 100 with F1.4 lens)
AE Lock • AE-L button
• Half-press shutter release
AE Bracketing • 3 or 5 frames
• 0.3 or 0.5 EV steps
Exposure compen. • -3.0 to +3.0 EV in 0.5 EV steps
• -2.0 to +2.0 EV in 0.3 EV steps
Exposure steps • 0.5 EV
• 0.3 EV
Sensitivity

• Auto
• ISO 100
• ISO 200
• ISO 400
• ISO 800
• ISO 1600
• ISO 3200

Shutter Electronically-controlled, vertical-traverse, focal-plane Shutter
Shutter Speed • 30 to 1/4000 sec
• Bulb
Flash X-sync • 1/160 sec (with AS off)
• 1/125 sec (with AS on)
Aperture values Depends on lens
DOF preview Yes, button
White balance

• Auto
• Daylight
• Shade
• Cloudy
• Tungsten
• Fluorescent
• Flash
• Color temperature (Kelvin)
• Manual (Custom)

Image parameters • Contrast (-2 to +2)
• Saturation (-2 to +2)
• Sharpness (-2 to +2)
• Hue (-2 to +2)
Noise reduction On / Off (exposures longer than 1 sec)
Viewfinder

• Eye-level fixed pentaprism
• Spherical Acute Matte (G-type) focusing screen (interchangeable)
• Magnification approx. x0.9
• 95% frame coverage
• Diotric adjustment (-3.0 to +1.0)
• Eye-relief 25 mm from eyepiece
• Eyepiece cup removable
• Viewfinder info bar

LCD monitor • 2.5" TFT LCD
• 207,000 pixels
Flash • Built-in pop-up flash (manual release)
• Metering: ADI, Pre-flash TTL, Manual flash control
• Guide number 12 (ISO 100/m), 17 (ISO 200/m)
• Angle of coverage 24 mm (35 mm equiv.)
• Flash sync 1/160 sec (AS off), 1/125 sec (AS on)
Flash modes:
Flash compensation
Flash modes

• Fill Flash
• Flash Cancel
• Red-eye Reduction (pre-flash)
• Wireless/Remote Off-camera Flash
• Rear Flash Sync.
• High Speed Sync.

Flash compensation -2.0 to +2.0 EV in 0.5 EV steps
External flash Program Flash 5600HS(D), 3600HS(D), 2500D, Macro Ring Flash 1200*
with flash sync. terminal
Continuous shooting • RAW / RAW+JPEG: 3 fps, up to 9 frames
• JPEG Extra Fine: 3 fps, up to 12 frames
• JPEG Fine: 3 fps, up to 15 frames
• JPEG Standard: 3 fps, up to 19 frames
Self-timer • 10 sec
• 2 sec
Interval timer • Interval time: 30 seconds/1-10, 15, 20, 30, 45, 60 minutes
• 2 -240 frames
• Start timer is equipped. (Setting: 0.5 to 24H, in 0.5 increments)
Connectivity • USB 2.0 Hi-Speed
• Video out
• DC-IN
• Remote terminal
Video out Selectable NTSC or PAL
Storage Compact Flash Type I/II
Power • NP-400 Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery
• Battery charger included
• Optional AC adapter
• Optional Vertical Control Grip VC-7D
Dimensions 150 x 106 x 78 mm (5.9 x 4.2 x 3.1 in)
Weight (no batt/lens) 760 g (1.68 lb)

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