Minolta DiMAGE 7 Review
Top of camera controls
On the top of the camera the information LCD (detailed earlier), shutter release and control dial. Behind this is the subject-program button, Pro-auto (reset) button and mode/power dial which is locked when in the OFF position.
Shutter release button
One huge frustration I had with the D7 was with the the operation of the shutter release AFTER taking a shot. Here is the scenario: you half-press the shutter release, the AF system scans and locks, you then fully depress the shutter release and the shot is taken, LCD/EVF goes blank for approximately 0.7 seconds and then the camera either returns to live view or displays an instant playback image (depending on your settings).
At this stage the camera is flushing the image out to the Compact Flash card. The problem occurs at this point, if you press the shutter release too quickly the camera ignores that press, even with your finger fully held down on the shutter release it will simply ignore it. You now have to release and press again. This was both annoying and frustrating, on several occasions when I wished to take a sequence of shots by 'pumping' the shutter release the camera simply wouldn't let me and I had to double-press the shutter release, to get it to fire the shot.
Every other camera I've used / reviewed in the past has at least recognized that you have re-press the shutter release and will take the next shot as soon as it possibly can.
Digital Subject Program
Pro-Auto doesn't change ISO sensitivity, flash mode, colour mode, data imprint, LCD information level, image size or image quality settings.
Displays the last image shot (or last image on the CF card), this is displayed on the LCD or EVF depending on the position of the Display mode switch.
Shoot movies, press the shutter release to start recording, press again to stop. Movies are recorded in AVI format @ 320 x 240, 12 frames per second for a maximum of 60 seconds. Audio is not recorded.
Camera displays special camera setup menu used to control global settings such as LCD / EVF brightness, language, date, video output etc. Format CF card is only available in this mode. Described in detail later in this review.
Enables USB communications for direct connectivity to a PC or Mac. Optionally allows the use of CF Modem or CF Cellular Modem.
Small icon on the right hand side in the descriptions above is the indicator used on the LCD / EVF for each mode.
Rear of camera controls
On the rear (right) of the camera are several more controls, most of which are positioned to be within reach of your thumb when gripping the camera with your right hand. I found this part of the camera did have a tendency to get very hot during normal shooting, especially the rear of the body under the pad of your thumb (back of the Compact Flash compartment).
Display Mode switch
Electronic Viewfinder display
Automatic display (Eyepiece sensor)
Record mode: Switch between three levels of overlay information: None, All status and setting information overlay, Only focus bracket shown.
Play mode: Switch between different displays: All status and setting information overlay, No information overlay, Thumbnail view.
Auto Focus / Auto Exposure Lock
AF/AE hold - auto focus and auto exposure are locked
for as long as the button is held
Record mode: Press and hold for more than one second to switch from wide-focus mode to spot focus, in spot focus mode the controller can be used to move a small cross-hair (+) around the screen (a 15 x 19 grid) to indicate where you would like to measure autofocus.
Play mode: Press left / right to browse forwards and backwards through images taken, press up for histogram display.
Menus: Navigate through menus, select menu options.
|QV /||Quick View / Delete
Record mode: Enter a 'mini-play-mode', displays the last image taken, you can scroll between images by pressing the 4-way controller left and right, you can also display a histogram by pushing the 4-way controller up. Pressing the button again with an image displayed gives you the option to delete it. You can not magnify the image in this mode.
Play mode: Delete current image, requires confirmation (4-way controller left, press 4-way controller in).
Magnify / Digital Zoom
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