Minolta DiMAGE 7Hi Review
Lens barrel controls
On the left side of the camera (on the "lens barrel") are a variety of controls, these cover the majority of camera settings and features thanks to two innovative (if initially awkward) function and effect dials. These are used by turning the dial to the required setting, holding the central button and then turning the control dial (beside the shutter release) at the same time to change that setting's value.
The DiMAGE 7Hi has a very usable and wide zoom range. The lens goes from a wide 28 mm equiv. (perfect for architecture / real estate / landscapes / group shots) all the way up to an impressive 200 mm equiv. telephoto. The other nice thing about this particular lens is that the zoom ring is mechanically linked to the zoom mechanism, this means you can change focal length quickly and more precisely. It also has the added effect of making the camera feel more 'SLR like', the speed and accuracy advantages of this kind of mechanically linked zoom shouldn't be underestimated.
Buttons / Switches
Macro focus mode
Auto Focus / Manual Focus
Sensitivity (ISO equiv.)
Exposure Modes (Settings Dial in PASM position)
The DiMAGE 7Hi extends the longest timed exposure compared to the DiMAGE 7i, you can now achieve timed long exposures of up to 15 seconds in P, A, S or M exposure modes at ISO 100. Oddly (and I'm not sure why this is the case) the camera limits the maximum timed exposure at higher sensitivities (see table below), this doesn't affect Bulb exposures which can be up to 30 seconds in Manual Exposure mode.
Program Auto Exposure (with Program Shift)
Aperture Priority Auto Exposure
Shutter Priority Auto Exposure
Full Manual Exposure
Longest Timed exposure at different sensitivities
|Exposure mode||Auto ISO||ISO 100||ISO 200||ISO 400||ISO 800|
|Program||8 (10) sec||15 sec||8 (10) sec||2 (6) sec||2 (3) sec|
|Aperture priority||15 sec||15 sec||15 sec||8 (10) sec||4 (6) sec|
|Shutter priority||15 sec||15 sec||15 sec||8 (10) sec||4 (6) sec|
|Manual||15 sec||15 sec||15 sec||8 (10) sec||4 (6) sec|
Numbers in parentheses () indicated longest timed shutter speed at the 200 mm zoom position.