Shocking - G500 outperforms the 7i

Started Oct 31, 2003 | Discussions thread
Jim Cockfield Forum Pro • Posts: 16,342
G500 versus Canon EOS 10D

I think that the major problem with the previous comparision (7i versus G500) was the exposure.

The Minolta shots were slightly overexposed compared to the Konicas -- that's all. You could probably eliminate the blown highlights by using EV compensation in the 7i.

I think the 7i is a very nice camera -- especially considering it's wonderful 28-200mm focal range. I came VERY close to buying a 7i a while back, I like the camera's functionality and lens range so much.

If you want a more interesting comparision -- check out the performance of the Konica KD-510z (Minolta G500) against the Canon EOS 10D (and other cameras).

Links to this comparision of the Konica KD-510z (a.k.a., Minolta DiMAGE G500) were originally posted by AMomcil in the other digicams forum.

IMO, the detail and dynamic range captured by this model is much better than any of the other compact cameras currently available (and even better than many full size models). It performs wonderfully -- especially considering that I carry mine comfortably in my front pants pocket. LOL

Check out these galleries someone recently posted (with comparison pictures of the same subjects from HP 945, Konica KD-510z (Minolta G500), Olympus C750, Canon G2, Canon 10D, HP 850, Sony P72 & Nikon 5700.

Note the detail captured in the shadows, roof tiles, etc., by the little Konica KD-510z (Minolta G500), compared to the others. It uses very conservative sharpening algorithms by default, allowing it to pick up more "real" detail, with terrific dynamic range.

Of course, you can always change the defaults if desired. You have 5 levels (-2, -1, 0, +1, +2) of adjustment available for most parameters, including sharpness, contrast, saturation, and color (separate adjustments for Red, Green and Blue Channels).

BTW, you can get to the full size images in two steps (click on small image for a larger one, then click on the larger image for the original image).

From the file sizes, I can see that Normal versus Fine JPEG Compression was used with the Konica (and Normal is relatively high compression with this model). But, it still performs very well. Look at the "real" shadow detail, and Judge for yourself.

And no, I don't work for Konica-Minolta (or any related company).. I just like the camera!

Photos from mine are here:

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