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Minolta Dimage 7i Digital Camera [5.0MP 7.1xOptical]

by Minolta
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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  • Autofocus: Yes
  • Binocular: no
  • Bluetooth: No
  • Built In Flash: yes
  • Built-in Flash: Yes
  • CD-R / CD-RW: No
  • Camera Resolution Heigth in Pixel: 1920
  • Camera Resolution Width in Pixel: 2560
  • Camera System: Complete Camera
  • Changeable Lens: No
  • Chip Type: CCD
  • Chip type: CCD
  • Compact Flash Card: Yes
  • Dictating Machine: yes
  • Digital Video Conferencing Mode: no
  • Digital Zoom (Ratio): 2
  • Digital Zoom Ratio: 2
  • Digital zoom: 2
  • Effective Pixel (in Megapixel): 4.95
  • Effective Pixels (in Megapixel): 4.95
  • Effective Pixels (in Thousands): 4950
  • Effective pixels (in thousands): 4950
  • Highest Focal Length in mm: 200
  • Image Stabiliser: No
  • Internal memory (MB): 5555
  • Internet Ability: no
  • LCD Monitor Size in Inch: 1.8
  • Lowest Focal Length in mm: 28
  • MP3 Playback: No
  • MP3 Player: no
  • Maximum Pixel (in Megapixel): 5.24
  • Maximum Pixels (in Megapixel): 5.24
  • Maximum Pixels (in Thousands): 5240
  • Maximum pixels (in thousands): 5240
  • Memory Stick / Memory Stick Pro: No
  • Memory Stick Duo / Duo Pro: No
  • Memory Type: Internal + External
  • Micro Drive: No
  • Mini Secure Digital Card: No
  • Movie / Voice Recording: Movie + Voice
  • Movie Play: yes
  • Multimedia Card: No
  • Optical Zoom (Ratio): 7
  • Optical Zoom Ratio: 7
  • Optical zoom: 7
  • Organiser (Data Manager): no
  • PC Card: No
  • PictBridge: No
  • Picture Bridge: No
  • Pixel resolution height: 1920
  • Pixel resolution width: 2560
  • Pocket Calculator: no
  • Range Finder Type: Optical / Electronic Viewfinder + LCD
  • Reduced Size Multimedia Card: No
  • Resolution Heigth in Pixel: 1920
  • Resolution Width in Pixel: 2560
  • SLR / Compact: Compact
  • SLR or Compact: Compact
  • Secure Digital Card: No
  • Smart Media Card: No
  • Storage Card Format: Compact Flash
  • Telephone: no
  • Telewide: 200
  • Transflash Card: No
  • Type: Digital Camera
  • Type of Digital Camera: Numeric Colour
  • Viewfinder System: Digital Camera
  • Visual Cams: Digital Camera
  • Visual cams: Digitalcam without Twincam, Webcam, Netcam
  • WiFi Connectivity: No
  • Wide angle: 28
  • Wrist Watch: no
  • XD Card: No
  • Year of introduction: 2002
  • Zoom Type: Optical + Digital
  • wide angle: 28

Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 5.1 x 7.6 cm ; 227 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 1.8 Kg
  • Item model number: 2779-301
  • ASIN: B000067DKI
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 1 Jan 2002
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 401,967 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

Product Description

Amazon.co.uk Review

For advanced digital photographers, Minolta's large and powerful Dimage 7i offers a broad range of features and tools for any type of still photography. With the camera's five-megapixel resolution, images can be outputted at poster sizes, while the excellent 7x optical zoom gets you extremely close to your subjects.

It's definitely not a camera that you're going to be slipping into a pocket. The Dimage 7i is professional class in terms of both performance and size, weighing in at over a pound without batteries. That said, it's comfortable to use and can actually be handled one handed.

The colour electronic viewfinder knows when you put your eye up to it, turning itself on and turning off the bright 1.8-inch LCD, which saves on battery life and makes for a nifty party trick. It even has a diopter lens so glasses-wearing users can adjust it to their eyesight.

Captured images are impressive with bright, lifelike colours and very sharp details. The Dimage 7i sports a long list of advanced features, including a variety of movie capture modes (including low-light), a real-time histogram that lets you adjust your aperture and other settings before snapping a photo, and continuous autofocus on moving subjects.

You might think that a camera of this level would be a bit imposing to use, but Minolta has laid out the buttons and wheels effectively for ease of use, and including an LCD panel on top of the camera that keeps you informed of the settings.

It's not the kind of camera you'd necessarily want to buy a teenager for a birthday, but if you're looking for a digital camera that can hold its own against top film cameras, the Minolta Dimage 7i definitely deserves a look. --J Curtis

Manufacturer's Description

The DiMAGE 7i takes the award-winning performance of the landmark DiMAGE7 even further, delivering new breakthroughs in speed, quality, and functionality. Give your creativity unparalleled freedom with this first-class fusion of Minolta's renowned optical and digital imaging technologies.

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Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5 stars
4.2 out of 5 stars
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132 of 134 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Best Semi-Pro Camera around 12 Jun 2002
By A Customer
This is a really useful little camera and the first lower priced camera to have enough resolution and to have a proper lens. It's a joy to use and the pictures really are up to professional standard. Despite being heavy on batteries (get a power pack!) from both price and performance, it is the first real alternative to a semi-pro 35mm SLR.
We are a recording studio and TV production company in the Highlands of Scotland and we needed a camera for web pages and PR work to replace my old Minota SLR with a 28-200 Tamron lens. We needed a digital camera as we are just too far away from photolabs and I do not have the time to play with E6 processing baths for slide work. The images are of high resolution so that they can be used for electronically created panorama shots in video, as well as being great for CD cover work and publicity photos on CD ROM for fan mags.
The Dimage 7 is a small camera that has an inbuilt 28-200 (equivalent) lens and can be set up to simulate different types of film. The pictures are - like ALL single-chip digital cameras - lacking in colour if not corrected. There is some cheesy colour correction tools in the camera, but this task is best done in Photoshop or Picture Publisher. Other cameras I have used perform the correction automatically. This makes them appear to be better cameras, but greatly reduces your options for more accurate colour later on. The Dimage 7 gives you the choice and is the better and more honest solution.
Because this is a high resolution camera, this 16MB flash card that comes with it is full after just four or five pictures (depending on complexity of content). Also flash cards work with different voltages, so call the Minolta help line first and make sure you know which cards to get.
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62 of 63 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars possibly the best Digital I have used 28 Dec 2002
By A Customer
I have spent a lot of time working within the Photography Trade and had the benifits of using a vast array of Digital cameras. I had previously owned a 2mp Nikon coolpix 950, which gave excellent results. I now own the Minolta Dimage 7i, when the camera was first released as the 7 version, The focusing was painfully slow and the software required some tweeking. This new version answered all the failings of the older model, with added features. I will list the five best and the five worst features, which I feel either sell the camera or possibly not.
1. 28-200mm optical APO lens (fantasic quality esp. at 28mm), 2. 5 Million pixels (amazing detail captured), 3. CF card use (anything upto 1GB), 4. AA battery use, (now comes with 1850mh + fast charger) 5. Histograms, (for checking image range).
Now the negatives...1. Electronic viewfinder, (which makes it hard to tell if your picture is in focus), 2. err. I think thats it, Its my only gripe, the camera is superb and the vast array of features is outstanding.
I would reccomend an extra set of NI-MH batteries, look for the 2000mh versions, a compact flash card reader for fast downloading and at least a 128MB card, I have a 256MB which hold about 90 images at very best Jpeg setting. The Viking cards are highly rated, by the dpreview wedsite, this has a full and honest report of this camera.
If you want my opinion then buy one it's great, a friend who also bought one said to me, "It's amazing you can see detail, that you don't even see with the naked eye."
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Affordable transition from SLR to digital 23 Dec 2003
I waited several years for this. My trusty Olympus OM10 was starting to fall apart, and I was itching to go digital, looking forward to doing my own cropping, enlarging and printing on the home pc. Finally there it was, the Minolta Dimage 7i. A 5 mega pixel 28-200mm digital camera that I could afford. I read the magazines, and paid careful attention to the reviews posted here, noting especially the observations about battery life. I was slightly put off by the appearance, which I felt made it look cheaper than it is, and I suppose I would have preferred something that looked more like a black-bodied SLR. However, I did like the fact that it takes ordinary AA rechargeable batteries, rather than expensive custom cells, and that fact really swung it for me.
That was a year ago, I have been using the camera constantly, and have not regretted buying it for an instant.
It has been used for family snapshots, portraits, 'arty episodes', and for photographing items for sale on e-bay. I have found that the best results on e-bay are achieved when you have nice pictures of what you are selling, and this camera delivers perfectly. It scores in several areas. It allows you to take reference shots of plain white paper, and then compensates the balance to remove the yellow or orange effect of electric light, so you can illuminate your subject with cheap lights. It has a macro switch that locks the lens for close ups, and moveable cross hairs that allows you to place the focus point exactly where you want it. Some of my favourite results have been achieved in this way. Miniature wargaming figures really come to life on the monitor, in beautiful clarity, showing detail that the naked eye can't resolve.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Minolta Dimage 7i
Superb semi-professional camera with the convenience and smoothness of a manual 7x zoom. Easy to use on automatic but with large range of manual and semi-automatic adjustments for... Read more
Published on 5 Sep 2007 by KJ Hookey
4.0 out of 5 stars A fairly good prosumer piece with only a few caveats
The Plusses:
+ 7x optical zoom (manually operated so it doesn't contribute to battery drain)
+ full optional manual exposure control with good range of additional... Read more
Published on 5 Mar 2005
4.0 out of 5 stars Dimage 7i: a competent SLR replacement
I have just moved from a Minolta Dynax SLR to the Dimage 7i. All those who thought that a digital camera takes away the creativity of the "real" photographer, please take a step... Read more
Published on 20 May 2003 by Revd I. Gooding
5.0 out of 5 stars A year of Dimage 7i
Have owned my Dimage 7i for just one year after having had problems with a previous Dimage 7. I have found this camera excellent. Read more
Published on 1 May 2003 by Michael S. Stewart
4.0 out of 5 stars Minolta DImage 7i
A semi-pro camera of the highest quality; very possibly the best value digital fixed lens camera available at the moment. Read more
Published on 21 Dec 2002 by Saurav Chakraborty
4.0 out of 5 stars A solid performer, but takes some getting used to.
The DiMAGE 7i is a very good looking digital SLR-a-like. The one drawback to the physical design is that it feels and looks a bit bottom-heavy, as that is where the battery... Read more
Published on 11 Dec 2002 by N. K. Harris
4.0 out of 5 stars Upon mature reflection
I've now been using the 7i for about three months of fairly intensive use. I thought a second review based on longer acquaintance would be a useful idea. Read more
Published on 3 Nov 2002 by "kendalian"
5.0 out of 5 stars This is an Excellent camera
Unlike me, my neighbour is a professional photographer, he had to change from film to digital cameras due to an allergic reaction to chemicals used in film photography after many... Read more
Published on 9 Oct 2002 by Mr C J Bull
4.0 out of 5 stars An amazing lens
I've been using the Minolta DiMage 7i for 3 months now. There is one reason I chose it over it's direct rival from Nikon, and that's the wide-angle lens. Read more
Published on 4 Oct 2002 by "seekerofbrilliance"
2.0 out of 5 stars OK if you like buying batteries
Things I like:
the handling, even with big hands, is good and intuitive.
the resolution is great
the lens is a cracker
Things I don't like:
the fact that... Read more
Published on 16 Sep 2002 by "kendalian"
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