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Minolta DiMAGE 7Hi Digital Camera Review

Digital Camera Review by: Michael Gazzola


On opening the packaging my first impressions were, the camera looked like a SLR should and weighed in nicely for even balance. It's black exterior finish covering a solid aluminium body also gives the camera a solid feel. The 7Hi's comfortable handling and easily accessible control panel on the back would satisfy most 'prosumers' in the maket.


The main LCD and viewfinder screens are both bright and light adjustable, loading up very quickly at startup. The menu system is reletively easy to navigate, although there seems to be too many steps within some options, such as the simple task of deleting one or allmedal-bronze-r.jpg images... Furthermore, it's USB connectivity relies on the user instigating the connection on the menu, rather than making an instant 'real-time' connection when plugged into a computer.


The colour balance produced within the images were quite good although the sharpness of the lens was a little disappointing, even on the 'sharpest' setting. Overall, the 7Hi will satisfy most entry level users of the 'prosumer' market but may find it tough competing for the attention of professional photographers who are looking to buy within this range...


Appearance rating 3.5 stars
Functionality rating 3 stars
Image quality rating 2 stars
Value for money
2 stars
Effective Pixels 5.0 Million mega pixels
Image Sizes 4 Sizes / 5 quality modes
Lens - zoom wide [mm] 7.2mm (35mm equivalent to 28mm)
Lens -zoom tele [mm] 50.8mm (35mm equivalent to 200mm)
Resolution Settings From 640 x 480 to 2560 x 1920
Modes 6 Individual. Plus auto.
Manual Focus Yes
Auto Focus Yes
Focus Range [cm] 50cm
Aperture Range F2.8 - F8.0
Aperture Priority Yes
Macro Yes
Macro Range [cm] 13cm
Shutter Speeds Bulb (30 sec max). 15 seconds - 1/4000
Shutter Priority Yes
ISO 5 Options. 64 - 400. Plus auto.
LCD Monitor Yes
LCD Size 1.8 Inch TFT colour monitor
Viewfinder Yes. Optical real image zoom.
Flash Built In. 4 mode options. Plus auto.
Hot Shoe Yes. Minolta..
White balance 5 options. Plus auto.
Self Timer Yes. 10 Seconds approx.
Movie Options Yes. Up to 60 seconds.
Audio Options Yes. Up to 60 seconds.
Video Out Yes. AV out. NTSC / PAL
Storage Type Compact Flash
Storage Included [Mb] 16Mb Compact Flash
Image / Audio Formats Tiff & Raw
Connectivity USB.
Power Source 6V DC or AC 4x Standard AA Re-chargable.
Dimensions 117mm x 91mm x 113mm
Weight 650g Without battery

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