Minolta DiMAGE 7Hi

Announced Sep 10, 2002 •
5 megapixels | 1.8 screen | 28 – 200 mm (7.1×)
K S Yiu
 
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SLR-Like construction is excellent, easy to change the ISO, WB, PASM, DRIVE settings. 28-200mm Manual Zoom GT Lens's quility is excellent too. Excellent features : Direct Manual Focus, Live Histogram, Flex Focus Point, Flash Sync Terminal and using AA NiMH Battery 64MB Buffer for taking continuous pictures Good AF performance at night Problems: Power Consumption (using for generating heat?!) The Price is too high Only Minolta flash can be used Only in Bulb mode can use Noise Reduction (pls ...

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Carlos2003
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Minolta's service and attitude is poor towards consumers in Canada as I have experienced. This opinion was reflected by the retailer I purchased the camera from as well. They noticed that Minolta's service quality went down significantly since they reorganised their operations in Canada. The camera itself is great, has many useful features. Lack of swivel LCD and Minolta's own hotshoe mount a poor design. Auto/manual focus button is easily turned on by accident. Problems: APO shutdown ...

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Bob Shellem
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Very little shutter lag, LOVE the buffer!!! 28mmWA is a reall big seller for me, I always feel I can get closer if I have to, sometimes you just can't get farther away. I have a DPS-9000. I never really had a problem with the NiMH's but it's a lot more convenient, not having to charge multiple sets of batteries.

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Rob Stuart
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After considering Sony's 717, Nikon 5700 I was completely sure after holding the 7HI. This is the one. Clearly this piece of machinery is designed by photographers for photografers. After using it for a almost a month now I'm starting to understand this beast. Its a real challenge and its bringing the photography to become fun again. Its also damn fast to take action shots. Almost no lag. Also my old Vivitar Flash van be used again. Not suitable for point and shoot picture takers. Problems: N ...

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Was looking for a 'prosumer' digital cam to complement a conventional Dynax600si -- digital film saves lots of wasted shots. I wanted one with negligible shutter lag (long shutter lag makes a joke out of early/low-end digi cams), great zoom (min. 200mm, knowing the limitation of a 28-105 zoom lens), and min 4 MP (for enlargements). Canon's G3 is still a piece of brick; Sony's 717 is such a handful; Nikon's 5700 is actually spec-ed 'superior' to Minolta's 7Hi in several departments (8x optical ...

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R Stacy
 
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My 3rd Digital Camera -- Now 2wks into 7Hi, very happy so far. Build quality is excellent, not a 5 due to a couple minor gripes. Feature set a little itimidating with lots to learn but exciting. So far good to excellent photos in mostly program mode.* Will report more later. However spendy (by comparison) no way I could buy anything else in the somewhat disappointing 5MP Prosumer range with the 7Hi exclusive features. ________________ 48hrs into: ISO 400 and 800 seem useless - very noisy ...

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This is my first digital camera. After looking at many reviews I settled on the Minolta 7Hi and I am not disappointed. The image quality is better then expected. While the options and settings can be intimidating, I found the defaults work fine and have worked up to more intricate shots. I would but this camera all over again given the option to reconsider. Problems: What can I say that everyone else has not said already.....buy spare batteries.

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Ernest Jantz
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Great camera. Easy to use most controls outside camera unlike the menu driven Nikon Coolpix 5700. I use both.

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jonathan
 
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Some reviews say this camera is difficult to use and I have to disagree. I was stuck between this and the Nikon 5700 but having used both, this wins hands down and is noticably quicker. The 28mm is a big advantage (and where Nikon went wrong with 5700. Even in full auto mode the pictures are extremely good and these noise issues seem to be over played. One other nice suprise is the large TFT on the back of the camera which in my opinion is better to use to shoot in giving better context etc. ...

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Michael
 
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This is my fourth digital camera (I have had the Canon S-30, G2 and Pro 90) and my third Minolta camera (I have had 2 Minolta Weathermatic-A's) and I have to say I am in love with the DiMage 7Hi. I thought long and hard and did a heap of home work and came close to purchasing the 7i, before deciding on this camera and I am gald i purchased this one. It is feature packed. I have heard some complain that it isn't user friendly but I disagree (it isn't exactly bubblegum for the brain to use but ...

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