Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D Review
Compared to... (features & specifications)
Some will (no doubt) say that this isn't a fair comparison as the Nikon D70 is some $600 cheaper than the Konica Minolta 7D however a scan down the specifications indicates that the D70 can indeed stand up to the 7D on features and specifications. Indeed, apart from the D70's pentamirror viewfinder, lack ISO 100 and no mirror lock-up the 7D makes it look like a bit of a bargain.
More worrying for Konica Minolta however must be Canon's EOS 20D which retails for about $100 less and carries a higher megapixel CMOS sensor, faster continuous shooting, faster startup and proper Hi-Speed USB 2.0. That said the 7D offers several advantages over both of these cameras with its built-in Anti-Shake, an excellent control system (once you're accustomed to it) and that huge 2.5" LCD monitor.
Konica Minolta 7D
Canon EOS 20D
|Price body only||$1,599||$1,499||$999|
|Announced||15 Sep 04 (prev 12 Feb 04)||19 Aug 04||28 Jan 04|
|Review||You are here||Click here||Click here|
|Body||Top & front: Magnesium Rear: Plastic||Magnesium Alloy||Plastic (metal chassis)|
|Sensor||6 megapixel CCD||8 megapixel CMOS||6 megapixel CCD|
|Lens mount||Minolta A-type||Canon EF / EF-S||Nikon F|
|FOV crop||1.5x||1.6x||1.5x (Nikon DX)|
|Stabilization||Anti-Shake built-in||Optional IS lenses||Optional VR lenses|
|Modes||Auto, P, A, S, M||Auto, P, A, S, M, A-DEP, 6 preset scene||Auto, P, S, A, M, 6 preset scene|
|Image formats||JPEG, RAW||JPEG, RAW||JPEG, RAW|
|RAW+JPEG||One RAW, One JPEG||One RAW, One JPEG||One RAW, One JPEG|
|Image params||Contrast (5 settings)
Saturation (5 settings)
Sharpness (5 settings)
Hue (5 settings)
|Contrast (5 settings)
Sharpness (5 settings)
Saturation (5 settings)
Color tone (5 settings)
3 preset parameter sets
Sharpness (6 settings)
Tone (6 settings)
Saturation (3 settings)
Hue (7 settings)
7 preset parameter sets
|Color space||sRGB (2), Adobe RGB||sRGB, Adobe RGB||sRGB (2), Adobe RGB|
|ISO||100 - 1600 (1 EV steps)
3200 via boost
|100 - 1600 (1 EV steps)
3200 via boost
|200 - 1600 (1/3 EV steps)|
|EV steps||1/3 or 1/2 EV||1/3 or 1/2 EV||1/3 or 1/2 EV|
|Exp. compen.||+/- 5.0 EV (1/3 or 1/2 EV)||+/- 2.0 EV||+/- 5.0 EV|
|Flash exp compen.||-2.0 to +2.0 EV||-2.0 to +2.0 EV||-3.0 to +1.0 EV|
|Metering||Pattern, CW Avg, Spot||35 zone, Partial, CW Avg||3D matrix, CW Avg, Spot|
|Shutter||30 - 1/4000 sec||30 - 1/8000 sec||30 - 1/8000 sec|
|Flash X-sync||1/160 sec||1/250 sec||External up to 1/500 sec|
|AF mode||Single, Auto, Continuous||Single, Auto, Continuous||Single, Continuous|
|AF area mode||Auto, Single||Auto, Single||Single, Dynamic, Closest|
|AF assist||Flash strobe, must be up||Flash strobe, must be up||White lamp|
TTL Phase Differential
TTL CMOS sensor
|Continuous||JPEG: 2.7 fps, 24 images
RAW: 2.7 fps, 9 images
|JPEG: 5.0 fps, 25 images
RAW: 5.0 fps, 6 images
|JPEG: 3 fps, 12 images *1
RAW: 3 fps, 4 images
|Self-timer||2 or 10 sec||10 sec (3 sec with lock-up)||2 - 20 sec|
|Mirror lock-up||Auto with 2 sec self-timer||Yes, option||No|
|WB||Auto, 6 preset, Kelvin, 3 manual
Can be fine tuned
|Auto, 6 preset, Kelvin, manual||Auto, 6 preset, manual
Can be fine tuned
|Bracketing||AE, Flash||AE, White Balance||AE, White Balance|
|Slow sync flash||1st or 2nd Curtain||1st or 2nd Curtain||1st or 2nd Curtain|
Eyepoint: 25 mm
(-3.0 to +1.0 m-1 dioptre)
Eyepoint: 20 mm
(-3.0 to +1.0 m-1 diopter)
Eyepoint: 18 mm
(-1.6 to +0.5 m-1 dioptre)
|LCD||2.5", 207,000 pixels||1.8", 118,000 pixels||1.8", 130,000 pixels|
|Custom functions||19 over 4 menus||18 settings||9 or 25 settings|
|Storage||CF, FAT16/FAT32||CF, FAT16/FAT32||CF, FAT16/FAT32|
|Power||Lithium-Ion NP-400||Lithium-Ion BP-511A||Lithium-Ion EN-EL3
|Connectivity||USB 2.0 (Hi-Speed)||USB 2.0 (Hi-Speed)||USB 2.0 (only 1.1 speed)|
|Text comment||No||No||Yes, embedded in EXIF|
|Dimensions||150 x 106 x 78 mm||144 x 106 x 72 mm||140 x 111 x 78 mm|
|Weight (no batt)||760 g||685 g||595 g|
|Remote release||Wired (optional)||Wired (optional)||Infrared (optional)|
|Vertical grip||Yes, optional||Yes, optional||No|
|Status LCD||No (uses LCD monitor)||Top of camera, backlit||Top of camera, backlit|
|Command dials||One rear, One front||One rear, One front||One rear, One front|
|Power on||2.6 seconds||0.3 seconds||Virtually instant|
|CF write speed||RAW: ~4.5 MB/sec||RAW: ~5 MB/sec||RAW: ~4 MB/sec|
*1 The D70 buffers the final image rather than the 'RAW data' and at lower image sizes / qualities can shoot hundreds in a single burst.
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