Shocking - G500 outperforms the 7i

Started Oct 31, 2003 | Discussions thread
Jim Rickards Senior Member • Posts: 2,469
Why compare at all?

Jim Cockfield wrote:

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

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

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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Why, exactly would we - anybody - be interested in a comparison between the G500 and the Canon 10D?

We could compare a Rolls Royce with a Yugo too. But why?

Jim Rickards

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