Minolta DiMAGE 7Hi

Announced Sep 10, 2002 •
5 megapixels | 1.8 screen | 28 – 200 mm (7.1×)
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This camera is very close to a film SLR. All I have read about the excesive use of batteries, is not so today with battery technology improvement. It needs rechargeable batteries though, of 2300 mAh or higher, which will have enough for all my needs. Anyway I always carry an extra set of batteries. Problems: One of my main difference with my Cannon SLR, which I have used for many years, is that it is quite slower for, for example, sports photography. Maybe this is due to that I haven't ...

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peterkelly
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This is a good camera that I've been using for about 2 years. I mostly use it RAW mode and process on my pc. The images can be crystal clear with great colour, although it can take a bit of work. The lens is great. I never felt the need for anything additional, and the f2.8 aperture at 28mm is better than a lot of kit lens' on a dSLR. Manual zoom and manual focus control make up for the fact that it's not an SLR. The pc flash sync socket is a nice touch,... but...unless you have great ...

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Hi. I bought my 7HI second hand, have had it for a week now. I reaserched the camera throughly on this very site, and came to the conclusion it would suit my needs. Boy was i right. The build is great, the features are many, and the camera is so easy to use. The manual zoom and focus are excellent, the image quality is good too. I am still trying to get the best from it though. My biggest concern was the battery life. Many people have said they get only a small number of images per ...

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hardwaysun
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Problem about my 7HI. I am so called amuter. I got 7Hi 6 month ago. I notice some times, if you got right setup, I can got great picture, but some time, if you got wrong, I don't know which part, either shutter speed ,aperture or the direction of light, the huge noise appear on the photo even I got right exposure. It happens on 20% of my photo, anybody have exprience and any suggestion how to avoid noise will be appreciated. Problems: My problem is don't know how to use it rightly yet. LOL.

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walhen
 
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Having owned for 18 months, I am extremly pleased with the camera. It does everything that I want - good zoom, manual focus ring, good flood fill flash, good to handle, excellent results, good continus shot in manual mode, good wide angle and easy to use menu. Recently took some excellent shots of the US Navy Ship & Sky show at Ft Lauderdale - using manual focus and full zoom, captured the Blue Angels in formation flight. Problems: No problems

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eMialik
 
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I am what some people would call an amatuer photographer trying to be as professional as I can. I bought the 7Hi because this was the closest to a DSLR I could afford. Let me start off by saying all this hype about noise in the images is way overblown. I have been able to take and print pictures up to 13x14 with no problems. I'll go over the good stuff: 1. Phenomenal picture quality 2. Great focusing 3. SLR feel 4. 28-200mm zoom(great for nature photography? Overall, this camera is awesome. I ...

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I have the 7Hi in use since december 2002. I bought this camera as an extension on my equipment and as polaroidsubstitute. To my surprise the specs and tests here on dpreview were not just met but they exceeded my expectations by far. I even use it now for commercial work and prints up to 33x48 are no problem at all. The embedding of AdobeRGB is part of that succes ofcourse. I mainly work in RAW on a 1GB MicroDrive which is really fast writing 5-6 exposures per minute. Further is an important ...

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Have been a lucky owner for 8 months now. It is really a great digicam. The zoom lens is just perfect, sharp and very useful, especially the 28mm wide angle. It is not just a point and shot camera, and the learning take some time, but it is worth the effort. Actually skip the automatic features and learn to use the manual settings and you will get even greater shots. Problems: Short batteri-life, but its no big deal, just get a spare set.

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danh002
 
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Shutterbug Delight! After owning and using the Nikon 5700 the Sony DSC-F717 and the Fuji S602Z, this one is the winner in overall usage. While the image quality is a hare below that of the other 5-MP cameras, its features pull it over the top in my opinion. I'm keeping the Sony for controlled exposures where spur of the moment or action shots aren't required. But the 7-Hi will do it all with the nice mechanical zoom, High speed and Ultra-High speed continuous modes and easily accessable ...

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Kevin
 
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Awesome 1st digital camera its way over my head, Still no idea what half of the buttons and knobs do. (LOL) Still kinda learning but love it so far. I have heard some Compact flash cards dont work well in it please advise me which ones dont work so i dont buy them!!!!!!!!! Any chance for a telephoto lens that does not give dark images around it when zoomed to 200MM ???? Problems: Sucks batteries more than I drink beer!!!!!! Small CF card no big deal I was going to buy more anyway

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