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Minolta DiMAGE 7 Specifications


Street Price   US: $1500
UK: £999
Body Material   Magnesium Alloy / Plastic
CCD pixels Click for help 5.24 megapixels
CCD effective output Click for help 4.92 megapixels
CCD size** Click for help 2/3"
CCD Colour Filter Array Click for help G - R - G - B
A/D Converter   12 bits
Max resolution   2560 x 1920
Lower resolutions   • 1600 x 1200
• 1280 x 960
• 640 x 480
Image ratio w:h   4:3
Image formats Click for help • TIFF
• RAW
• JPEG (EXIF)
Quality Levels   • Super-Fine (TIFF)
• Fine
• Normal
• Basic
Sensitivity equiv. Click for help • Auto (ISO 100 - 200)
• ISO 100
• ISO 200
• ISO 400
• ISO 800
Zoom wide (W) Click for help 28 mm
Zoom tele (T) Click for help 200 mm (7x)
Zoom control   Mechanical zoom ring on lens
Lens Thread   49 mm
Lens Max Aperture Click for help F2.8 - F3.5
Lens Construction Click for help 16 glass elements in 13 groups, 2 AD elements, 2 aspherical elements, coated
Digital zoom Click for help x2.0
Auto Focus   Contrast detection, 3 "wide area" auto selected
Spot AF - flex focus point (movable focus point)
Auto Focus modes   • Continuous auto-focus (while LCD is on)
• Single auto-focus (half-press of shutter release)
AF Illumination lamp Click for help No
Manual Focus Click for help Via "focus by wire" ring at rear of lens barrel
Normal focus range Click for help 50 cm (19.7 in) - Infinity
Macro focus range Click for help 25 cm (9.8 in) - 60 cm (23.6 in)
Min shutter Click for help 4 secs + Bulb in Manual Exposure mode; max 30 secs
Max shutter Click for help 1/2000 sec
Noise reduction   No
Exposure Modes   • Program AE
• Aperture Priority
• Shutter Priority
• Full Manual
• Scene mode: Portrait, Sports, Sunset, Night, Text
Aperture Priority   Wide: F2.8, F3.5, F4, F4.5, F5.6, F6.7, F8
Tele: F3.5, F4, F4.5, F5.6, F6.7, F8, F9.5
Shutter Priority   4, 3, 2, 1.5, 1, 0.7, 0.5, 1/3, 1/4, 1/6, 1/8, 1/10, 1/15, 1/20, 1/30, 1/45, 1/60, 1/90, 1/125, 1/180, 1/250, 1/350, 1/500, 1/750, 1/1000, 1/1500, 1/2000 sec
Metering Click for help

• 300 Segment Metering
• Center-Weighted Average
• Spot

Exposure adjustment Click for help -2EV to +2EV in 1/3EV steps
AE Lock   Yes, dedicated button
Auto bracketing Click for help • 3 images
• 0.3, 0.5 or 1.0 EV steps
Picture Controls  

• Contrast
• Saturation (Colour)
• Sharpness

Colour Modes   • Colour
• B&W
White Balance Click for help • Auto
• Manual preset (custom)
• Daylight
• Tungsten
• Fluorescent
• Cloudy
Continuous Click for help Approx. 1.1 fps for 4 images (unconfirmed)
Movie clip   320 x 240, no audio, 60 sec max
Built-in Flash   Yes, pop-up
Flash Range (approx.)  

Wide: 0.5 - 3.8 m (1.6 - 12.5 ft)
Tele: 0.5 - 3 m (1.6 - 9.8 ft)

Flash Metering   ADI, Preflash TTL meter
Flash modes  

• Auto
• Anti Red-Eye
• Flash On
• Flash Off
• Slow Sync (rear)

Flash compensation   +/-2 EV in 0.3 EV steps
Flash synch speed   Any shutter speed
External flash   Yes, Minolta hot-shoe:
• Program Flash 3600HS(D)
• Program Flash 5600HS(D)
• Macro Twin Flash 2400
• Macro Ring Flash 1200
Data Imprinting  

• Year/month/day (format can be changed)
• Month/day/time
• Text
• Text and serial no.
• None

Tripod mount   Yes, metal
Self-timer   Yes, 10 sec delay
Remote control   Optional extra, wired
Time-lapse recording   Yes, 2 - 99 frames, intervals:
• 1 - 10 min
• 15, 20, 30, 45, 60 min
Video out   Yes, selectable NTSC / PAL
Storage media Click for help Compact Flash Type I or Type II, IBM Microdrive compatible
Storage included   16 MB Compact Flash card
Viewfinder Click for help • Electronic viewfinder
• Ferroelectric LCD (4.8mm, 71,000 24-bit colour pixels)
• Can be swivelled upwards through 90 degrees
• Frame coverage 100%
• Dioptre adjustment
• Automatic mode detects locality of eye
LCD Click for help 1.8" TFT 112,000 pixels
Record zoom   View can be magnified up to 4x for accurate focusing (MF only)
Print compliance   DPOF, Print Image Matching
Playback zoom   Yes, 2.0x, 2.5x, 4.0x, scrollable
Operating system   Proprietary
Connectivity Click for help USB
Battery Click for help 4 x AA batteries (NiMH recommended)
Battery charger Click for help No
Weight (inc. battery)   603 g (1.3 lb)
Dimensions (inc. grip)   117 x 91 x 113 mm (4.6 x 3.6 x 4.4 in)

Click for help Click for glossary entry / help
   
** 

This measuring system is a leftover from the days of video TUBES and has nothing to do with the surface area of the chip in a direct sense. The Edmund Scientific Optics catalog has a sidebar that completely backs up the idea.

For instance, a "one inch" chip has a 16mm diagonal sensor array. A "one half inch" chip has an array of only 8mm in the diagonal. This means that the 1/1.8 = 0.555 inch measurement means NOTHING about the sensor array size. Unless they have changed the entire measurement system just for this chip, the actual sensor patch is 11% larger than the 8mm of a 1/2 chip or 8.88mm in diagonal.

(Mark Schubin of Videography Magazine)

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