Minolta DiMAGE 7Hi

Announced Sep 10, 2002 •
5 megapixels | 1.8 screen | 28 – 200 mm (7.1×)
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I've had 4 digital cameras now, and wanted a camera above the regular point-and-shoot type camera. My last camera was the Olympus C-4040 wich I was okay satisfied with, but still I wanted something more advanced plus I missed some more optical zoom than the C-4040 had to offer. I had two cameras in mind when I was going out to buy my camera. First the Nikon CP5700 and of course the D7Hi. After reading reviews around the internet, plus lots of opinion written here I decided to go for the D7Hi. ...

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Ken Couch
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I am a semi-professional photographer and have had my 7Hi for about 6 months now. I also do a lot of research on products that I buy, especially expense ones like this camera. My buying decision was based on the following criteria: 1. Wanted at least a 5Mp camera. Pictures should last a lifetime. I want my pictures to be the best they can be and that give me more printing options in the future. 2. 28-200mm lens is one of the best ranges available. Whether you are taking pictures indoors ...

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A very sophisticated piece of equipment. Significant learning curve necessary if using in anything than point-and-shoot mode, but worth the effort. Image quality no better than to my 3 megapixel Casio 3000 - a disappointment (even though the Casio WAS very good). Problems: I have returned from a Brazilian vacation, and took shots from a small plane flying over the Amazon and Manaus. Because of the drain on batteries I frequently shut the camera down, and restarted it for the appropriate shot. ...

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It took me a long time to jump into the Digital World. I read loads of reviews and finally opted for the Dimage 7hi. In the process, I sold off my beloved Olymous OM40 with a ton of lenses. I reckoned to concentrate totally on digital and leave 35mm behind - although all your learned technique crosses over. Well, to be honest, for a couple of days I found it totally bewildering, but, it's the same old story - 'learn at your own pace'. Now , I'm just amazed at the Quality, Adaptabilty and ...

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Mike Sandman
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if you're an SLR user, this is the digicam that will make you feel at home. What sets it aart from its competitors are the excellent choice of zoom range -- effecivey 28-200 mm -- and the use of a zoom ring on the lens instead of videocam-like zoom buttons. Every control you can think of is there and logiaclly laid out. Spend some time with the clear but lengthy manual to get familiar with all of that capability. The camera doesn't feel rugged, but it doesn't it feel delicate or flimsy. ...

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Steerpike
 
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After a month of use, really getting to like this camera - my 2nd digicam. First was a disgrace (Oly C700-UZ). I have to say the EVF on this camera is pretty darned good. NO evf can ever be as good as glass, but with a 7x optical zoom, there's no avoiding it (I guess...). In low light, it kicks into b/w mode and does a remarkable job, so no complaints about low light here... ironically, where it still falls down is in bright light - tried to snap a bird in flight against the sky, and the ...

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Recently purchased 7Hi. Nature photography at full zoom, hand held produced excellent results. Did not appreciate clarity until viewed on computer and then printed. LCD doesn't do justice to photos - don't delete until you have seen enlarged results. Problems: Sanyo batteries (as supplied) do not hold much power - will have to buy better batteries

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cyberlink
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Vist my photos on http://www.pbase.com/wangxun_4

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I own the 7Hi since 11.2002 and have taken around 2000 shots with the camera. I decided to buy the 7Hi cause I wanted a lightweight & compact alternative to a DSLR, which I could carry around easily on my foto-safari, hiking & riding tours. The camera's is well constructed and surely has a "professional" look and finish. I operated the camera in the African dusk & heat w/o any problems. The plastic battery & cf storage compartment door construction looks too weak to me, although i encountered ...

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Now that I've had a couple of months to use my 7Hi I find that the longer I use it the more I love it. I have not had the problems with battery consumption that some others have reported. I can shoot all day on one set of batteries. I don't use flash except on rare occasions since I prefer natural lighting. This lens is the sharpest lens I've ever owned and I've been a serious amateur for 50 years. Color is very natural, not over saturated like on so many lesser cameras. I've proved this ...

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