We first heard of the two new Minolta DiMAGE 5 and 7 digital cameras at PMA on 11th February this year (although there had been leaked information earlier). Both cameras are based on the same functionality, body and 7x optical zoom lens, the DiMAGE 5 has a 3.3 megapixel CCD and 32 - 250 mm equiv. focal length range, the DiMAGE 7 a 5.2 megapixel CCD with a 28 - 200 mm equiv. focal length range.

Much of this operational / design part of this review is simply reproduced from the DiMAGE 7 review because the two cameras (in this respect) are virtually identical.

DiMAGE 5 compared to DiMAGE 7

Here's a quick breakdown of the DIFFERENCES between the DiMAGE 5 and 7 (you'll find full specifications for the DiMAGE 5 on the next page):

   
Minolta DiMAGE 5

Minolta DiMAGE 7
Street Price   US: $900
UK: £799
US: $1500
UK: £999
Expected Availability   August 2001 June 2001
CCD pixels Click for help 3.3 megapixels 5.24 megapixels
CCD effective output Click for help 3.14 megapixels 4.92 megapixels
CCD size** Click for help 1/1.8" 2/3"
CCD Colour Filter Array Click for help G - R - G - B G - R - G - B
Max resolution   2048 x 1536 2560 x 1920
Zoom wide (W) Click for help 35 mm 28 mm
Zoom tele (T) Click for help 250 mm (7x) 200 mm (7x)
Metering Click for help • 256 Segment Metering
• Center-Weighted Average
• Spot

• 300 Segment Metering
• Center-Weighted Average
• Spot