Minolta DiMAGE 7Hi

Announced Sep 10, 2002 •
5 megapixels | 1.8 screen | 28 – 200 mm (7.1×)
LeeD
 
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I was expecting the 7Hi to be a much better camera when I "upgraded" from my old Canon G3. The truth is, although the 7Hi has 5MP as against G3's 4MP, the G3 images appear to be sharper and colours more vibrant. The 7Hi has more noise, especially in underexposed areas of an image. The 7Hi's power consumption is hugh, often depleting a set of 2000mAh GP batteries in less than half the time it takes the G3 to run down its 1100mAh BP-511 Li-ion battery. Disappointing indeed. The electronic ...

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teglis
 
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Overall, an excellent camera. Even though it's my fourth digicam, it's the most natural for someone who grew up in the world of 35mm SLRs. Proprietary hot shoe is a major pain (see problems below). The 64mb on-camera RAM is a fabulous feature. You can pretty well shoot to your heart's content without having to wait for a slow CF card. I also like the five memory slots for camera settings (after all, there are so many of them). I can program the most common setting combinations that I use, ...

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plaintiger
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a fellow fotolog user (http://www.fotolog.net/) just wrote me to ask my opinion of the 7Hi and i wrote this response, which i thought it might be helpful to post here: i like my DiMAGE 7Hi. i like it a lot, actually, and generally speaking, the more familiar i become with it the more i like it. you can use it full-auto or you can take as much control over it as you want (even if you want a *lot* of control), and its 5 megapixel ccd can produce really nice results. the things i *don't* like ...

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I'm running Linux and this is my third digicam, but the first, working excellent together with Linux (Suse 8.2). Real PnP. The cam itself is o.k. I like especially the SLR-like handling. Problems: The data-rate on the usb-bus is a little poor.

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Andrzejs
 
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Problems: Dimage Viewer cannot cope correctly with the image file if it was previously opened and rotated in Windows Picture and Fax Viewer included in Microsoft Windows XP. Opening such a file results in heavy disk usage (temporary swap file grows to gigabytes) for extended period of time and finaly Exif information in Dimage Viewer is missing although it is still readable using Picture and Fax Viewer Software. So if you rotated the image using Windows Picture and Fax Viewer do not use ...

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Great quality picts, very sharp, a 28-200 lens with both manual zoom and manual focus rings. I love it. One of the things that I find the most bothersome is the manual focus which is kinda hard to do on the EVF unless you use the magnification function. However that one is kinda awkward to use if you are shooting out of hand. I'm used to my old SLR's so I will take me some more time to get this manual focus in my fingers.

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- SLR-like handling with focus ring and mechanical zooming ring - SLR like handling with controls accessible without acticating the Menu - Can focus in extremely dark condition! - 28mm equivalent, perfect to shoot 40 peoplestanding next to each other. Stepping backward will make obstacles like poles etc visible. - Interval shooting is cool! - Copy from CF to CF! Perfect during a gathering, and we want to share pictures to friends. Problems: - Very thirsty with batteries - Buffer still not ...

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The lens is fantastic! Love 28mm, it is one of the most important features different from the competition. This is my first digital camera: I was able to make good pictures almost instantly. Great! Problems: None.

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phox
 
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Excellent camera, very nice lens (28 mm to 200mm) + default color rendering for images is much better than the coolpix 5700(I had before). The difference between the whitebalances(cloudy, sunny etc) is less agressive than the 5700. You also don't have to tweak much the whitebalances with this camera, because like I said, default rendering is pretty good. + Everything is adjustable, real professional. + 64Mb RAM buffer, for continuous shooting + default AA penlite batteries. + quality lens, ...

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