Minolta DiMAGE 7i 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 - solved!
One frustration I had with the DiMAGE 7 was the way that the camera could occasionally just ignore a new press of the shutter release if you pressed too soon after taking the previous shot. The good news is that with the advent of the DiMAGE 7i Minolta has now addressed this, if you re-press the shutter release and hold it the camera will ALWAYS take another shot (as soon as it 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 MOV format @ 320 x 240 (M-JPEG), 15 frames per second for a maximum of 60 seconds. You also now have the option to record audio (8 kHz, 16-bit) as well as a special 'Night movie' mode which switches the camera to a high sensitivity black & white setting.
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.
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.
Display Mode switch
Electronic Viewfinder display
Automatic display (Eyepiece sensor)
Record mode: Switch between various display modes which control the overlaid information. These display modes can be individually enabled and disabled via the setup menu; Standard, Focus Frame, Histogram, Grid, Scale, Image only.
Play mode: Switch between different displays: All status and setting information overlay, No information overlay, Thumbnail view.
Spot Auto Focus / Auto Exposure Lock
4-way controller (arrows)
4-way controller (confirm / OK button)
|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 controller confirm button).
Magnify / Digital Zoom
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