Minolta DiMAGE 7

Announced Feb 11, 2001 •
5 megapixels | 1.8 screen | 28 – 200 mm (7.1×)
emjaytee
 
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I bought this camera about 3 years ago when it first came out, it was the first digi camera I owned. When the AF works properly this camera takes some great photos. Construction is solid - even though the camera got a soaking in a downpour (ie. half an inch of water in the case), I dried it off and it continues to work fine. Problems: Shutter lag is painfully slow. AF sometimes doesn't work well at all. I use rechargeable batteries, but the battery life is quite short. At 1.1 fps, the drive ...

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where can I start from? say about this battery sloughtering thingy? say about the terrible companys policies about firmware upgrades tha user has to pay for? about the really devastating service MONTH it takes to get back the camera? about the expensive / hard to get accesories? the only good thing is the picture quality. (amateurs dont bother writting please.. get to learn a couple of things first and use a tripod if your hand is shaky, dont blame the poor innocent camera) ok... what is left? ...

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Johan Ramael
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5 for build -> solid stuff 4 for features -> "only" 5 mpix 4 for image quality -> high noise at iso 400+ 4 for easy of use -> you should read the manual 3 for value for money -> quite expensive device Problems: don't use the iso 800 setting buy losts of batteries!

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Ed. P.
 
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I purchased this camera shortly after its' introduction, a move I now regret. I was drawn to this camera by the wide angle and zoom range and the features it offers. The first thing Minolta should do is learn how to make an instruction manual from Epson cameras. I took this cam. on a trip to Asia, never again, I was constantly changing batteries, the focusing was very frustrating and the colors are not that great compared to many other digicams. It did produce sharp pictures providing you ...

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dtgaf
 
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Mine is a Dimage 7ug. I did the upgrades and firmware updates. It is an amazingly versatile camera with a myriad of easily accessible controls. I especially like the 7x zoom. You can use it as a point and shoot camera with very good results. The pictures are top notch. Noise has not been a problem. I use properly conditioned and charged high power batteries, so batteries are not a problem either. I am having fun growing into the camera and using more and more features. Definitely a ...

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Andy
 
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Focus problems and Poor Colour reproduction. I thought it was just my camera - but I see lots of others have the same problem with the auto and manual focus. There is usually something in the frame in perfect focus, shame it is rarely the subject! AND also like others I found the colour disappointing compared to other (cheaper) digital cameras I have used. If you want to fiddle about you need to download the icc profile from Minolta’s web site – which apparently makes it better. I have been ...

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GoetzvB
 
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After 18 months and 5000 pictures with a Dimage 7 (u) I must say that it is still an excellent camera. I took a lot of indoor pictures with horrible ligt conditions ond got surprisingly good results. The 28 mm wide angle is very helpful, ofter there is not more space behind, whereas You can easily simulate a longer tele range in post processing. I took several shots in very dark environment (churches and so) and got pictures with a lot of details my old eyes had'nt seen. One thing that is'nt ...

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notqytryt
 
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I just read the below review and now Im confused. Why or when is he using the minolta.icc profile.. you are suppose to convert the working space.. which is easiest to do WHILE transferring from memory card to computer. are you skipping this step and thats why you use the profile.. please email me if you know what hes doing.

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eluen
 
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The "value of money" field I should select "2.5" if I bought it 12 months ago (US1500 when it firstly launched). I bought it at US850 two days ago, image result was poor at first place. Exposure was over by approx +0.5EV causes overall contrast very weak. At last, I found the dimage7 icc profile from minoltausa web, it tweaks my images to optimum condition that I couldn't make any manual finetuning. Thanks to my eye-one spectrophotometer that calibrates my monitor very close to perfect so ...

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Jeff Spain
 
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Great camera for outdoor shots. People and landscape shots rival my provia slides. Okay with indoor photos if you use a speedlight. The pct-100 Pc terminal adapter was very hard to find. Lens is good quality for being built in. I've had the camrea for 8 months, goor for the price of $850, but it is time to move on. Problems: Auto-focus is weak, manual focus doesn't work for me at all. Hart to use with studio lights, but for family photo and vacation shots it is outstanding.

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