Last year Minolta stormed into the prosumer end of the market with what was the first five megapixel digital camera, the DiMAGE 7. Just a year later they announced the DiMAGE 7i seen as an progressive update to the 7. The DiMAGE 7i has a five megapixel CCD sensor and 28 - 200 mm equiv. (7x zoom) lens. Clearly the D7i is essentially an 'upgraded' D7, the body design, control layout and overall operation is virtually identical.
There are however some subtle differences as well as new features, these are summarized below.
Minolta DiMAGE 7i vs. DiMAGE 7 (differences)
|Minolta DiMAGE 7i||Minolta DiMAGE 7|
|Macro focal len.|| At 28 mm (equiv.)
Between 175 and 200 mm (equiv.)
| Between 175 and 200 mm (equiv.)|
Standard continuous - 2.5 fps
| Standard continuous - 1.2 fps|
|AF/AE Lock button||Labeled 'Spot'||Labeled 'AF/AEL'|
|Direct MF||Yes (for after AF adjustment)||No|
|Movie clips|| Standard: 320 x 240, 15 fps,
max 60 secs with or without audio
Night movie: 320 x 240, 15 fps, 60 sec max, with or without audio
UHS: 640 x 480, 7 fps, without audio
Time-lapse movie: 640 x 480, 4 fps without audio
| Standard: 320 x 240, 15 fps, max 60 secs without audio|
|Voice memos||Yes, 5 or 15 seconds||No|
|Filters||Yes, 7 colour and 11 B&W||No|
|Live view overlay|| Standard display
Focus frame only
Standard display with histogram
| Standard display
Focus frame only
|Flash modes|| ADI (Advanced distance integration)
Manual flash control
| ADI (Advanced distance integration)
|Batteries|| 4 x AA NiMH included
| 4 x AA Alkalines included
NiMH rechargeable recommended
EXIF 2.2 (ExifPrint)
Print Image Matching
Print Image Matching
|Dimensions||117 x 91 x 123 mm
(4.6 x 3.6 x 4.8 in)
|117 x 91 x 113 mm
(4.6 x 3.6 x 4.4 in)
|Weight (inc batt)||627 g (1.4 lb)||603 g (1.3 lb)|
Review notes (Important)
Because of the similarity to the DiMAGE 7 much of our review of that camera was used for at least the first half (body / operation / menus) of this review.
There are also two major sections of this review which are yet to be completed. These are the ISO sensitivity comparison test and scene comparison shot test. This is because I intend to compare the DiMAGE 7i to Nikon's Coolpix 5700. However, at this time a production Coolpix 5700 is not yet available. This review will be updated as soon as a production 5700 arrives.
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