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

Nikon D70
Price body only $1,599 $1,499 $999
Announced 15 Sep 04 (prev 12 Feb 04) 19 Aug 04 28 Jan 04
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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 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
AF system 9-point
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
Viewfinder Pentaprism
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
Orientation sensor Yes Yes Yes
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
CR2 carrier
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
PictBridge Yes Yes Yes
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.