You have a vision. You know what you want to achieve. And the Maxxum 7 makes it possible, faster and easier than ever before. An advanced focusing system with an ultra-fast AF speed puts this SLR at the top of its class. The new integrated operation system features familiar dial controls, extensive customization capabilities, and a revolutionary dot matrix navigation display that gives you the camera's status at a glance. The Maxxum 7's improved capability is everything you've been looking for in an SLR. At last, the vision is clear. 35 custom settings, data memory, and film chamber lock
Worlds Fastest AF Speed
Due to refinements in the algorithm and CCD control, the Maxxum 7s central processing unit has a data processing speed of about five times faster than earlier AF SLR models. In addition, the cameras powerful lens driving motor promises quick accelerations and decelerations of lens movement. As a result, the Maxxum 7 provides the worlds fastest AF speed in spite of the greater volume of data received from the wide focus area. With the Multi-dimensional Predictive Focus Control, the Maxxum 7 is able to track abrupt changes in speed or direction - even a U-turn - perfectly. With a 300mm lens attached, for example, the Maxxum 7 can accurately follow an object moving as fast as 31 miles per hour to within 26 feet.
Flexible Control of Auto and Manual Focus Modes
The functional balance of autofocus and manual focus control is enhanced by the Maxxum 7s unique AF/MF control button. This allows photographers to instantly switch control between autofocus (AF) and manual focus (MF). Simply pressing the button, conveniently located on the back of the grip - a perfect place for quick switching of focus control - quickly allows for manual focus (MF). This versatile control was made possible by utilizing a newly incorporated built-in clutch that electrically controls the AF/MF switching operation.
Versatile DMF Mode
Direct Manual Focus mode allows photographers to "fine-tune" focus with most Minolta AF lenses. The new clutch mechanism incorporated in the Maxxum 7 focusing system allows the focusing ring to be manually operated once the focus is locked by autofocus.
Easy-to-Operate Lever and Dial Control
The lever and dial controls of the Maxxum 7 ensure clear and easy operation at a glance. Full-auto and Memory functions have been added to the exposure-mode dial in addition to the conventional positions (P, A, S and M). In combination with the advanced Navigation display, the lever and dial controls achieve extremely flexible operation, including an instant reset to Full-auto mode and recall from any of three Memories of settings programmed in the Navigation display.
Clear and Flexible Operational Displays
The Maxxum 7 is the first camera of its class to incorporate a "Navigation Display" providing users with unequalled clarity in camera operation. The large 1.5 x 1 inch, easy-to-see LCD panel with dot-matrix presentation, positioned on the Maxxum 7s back cover, provides a variety of information to meet users specific preferences or skills. These include camera settings, custom functions, exposure history, meter index, brightness distribution, depth-of-field, and data memory (selectable in five different languages). It saves photographers from changing their holding position each time they check the data panel which is typically placed at the top of the camera. This position also facilitates high-angle shooting using a tripod.
Power Performance in the Most Compact Body in its Class
The Maxxum 7 sets a new standard for performance and compactness. The camera boasts power performance features such as a top shutter speed of 1/8000 second and maximum drive speed of 4 frames per second in a body smaller than any other 35 mm AF SLR's with the same shutter speeds and film drive speeds, based on Minoltas standard test methods. Relatively small (5.6 x 3.8 x 2.6 inches) and lightweight (20.3 oz.), its compact body with the ultra-compact AF 24-105mm f/3.5-4.5(D) standard lens assures greater handling and carrying comfort.
.8x Viewfinder Magnification
In its compact body, the Maxxum 7 provides a generous viewfinder magnification of 0.8X. Combined with a diopter-adjustment function and the Spherical Acute Matte, the viewfinder presents a bright clear view for maximum ease of operation.
ADI Flash Metering
When used with Minoltas new AF lenses incorporating distance encoders, Advanced Distance Integration (ADI) flash metering provides greater accuracy of the Maxxum 7s flash exposure. Guide number control and 4-segment Pre-flash metering work together to virtually eliminate any influence of background or subject reflectance. In combination with the 5600HS(D) or 3600HS(D), pre-flash data is interpreted by the 14-segment Honeycomb-pattern cell and factored into the final exposure.
Wireless Remote High-speed Sync
When the Maxxum 7 is combined with Minoltas new Program Flash 5600HS(D) or 3600HS(D), it provides flat pulse flash to achieve sync speeds of up to 1/8000 second in wireless/remote photography. This optimizes the advantages of a large aperture lens with a shallow depth of field in daylight wireless flash photography.
With slow shutter speeds (below 1/60), rear-flash sync creates a natural and pleasing effect with moving subjects by producing traces behind the subject (exposed by the ambient light), and sharply exposing the subject itself. When the shutter speed is over 1/60, the flash fires at the front-flash sync even if rear-flash sync is selected. Rear-flash sync is not available with red-eye reduction or wireless flash operation.
Versatile Built-In Flash
For optimum versatility, the Maxxum 7 includes a built-in flash. The flash is a manual switchover type with lift-up and push-down operation, and covers a 24 mm lens with a guide number of 39 in feet (12 in meters) at ISO 100.
With the Maxxum 7, an independent aperture control motor allows the aperture to be changed during the depth-of-field preview, so depth-of-field can be continuously monitored. In addition, a depth-of-field display appears on the Navigation display when a lens with distance encoder is attached. The magnification ratio appears aligned with the depth-of-field if it is 1:10 or larger.
Two Phase Distance Encoder
The Maxxum 7 has a two-phase distance encoder system that reads both the amount and direction of the lens drive. This allows the photographer to use subject distance information in manual focus for improved accuracy of multi-segment metering and multi-segment flash metering.
Continuous Film Advance of 4 fps
Improvements in the sequence of shutter charge, aperture/mirror charge, and film advance enable the Maxxum 7 to achieve an action-catching film advance speed of 4 frames per second. The drive speed changes according to the selected focus mode or autofocus mode: manual focus - 4 fps, and continuous and automatic AF - 3.7 fps.
Three Auto Focus Modes
The Maxxum 7 allows the photographer to select the AF mode that best suits the subject. Continuous AF maintains focus on a moving subject until the picture is taken. With Automatic AF Selection, the camera continues to focus when the subject is moving and locks focus when the subject is still. Single-shot AF brings the subject into focus and locks the focus when the shutter-release button is pressed partway down.
14-Segment Honeycomb-Pattern Metering
The Maxxum 7s silicon photocell is divided into 14 segments thirteen in a honeycomb array, plus the background. The metering system uses autofocus information to determine the subjects location, and constructs an appropriate metering pattern around it. The uniform size, shape, and distribution of each segment results in precise control of the metering pattern and therefore, the exposure. Slight subject movement results in slight adjustments to the weighting of segments within the pattern. If subject movement become great enough to affect the exposure, the metering pattern shifts smoothly to compensate. As a result, the Maxxum 7 is able to set the correct exposure even in very tricky lighting.
A sophisticated metering index in the viewfinder display makes checking exposure quick and easy, even in the dark. The index reads from -3EV to +3 EV, in 1/2 or 1/3 increments, and shows the exposure compensation setting in P, A and S modes. In M mode, it indicates the difference between the metered value and the value that has been set. In AE lock, the metering index shows the difference between the locked value and the value of the currently centered area.
1/2 or 1/3 EV Exposure Compensation Increment
For more flexible exposure control, the Maxxum 7 provides exposure compensation increment options: 1/2 EV and 1/3 EV increments.
This time-saving feature allows the photographer to quickly change aperture and shutter settings in Manual Mode without affecting the original exposure selected by the photographer.
Select-Frame Film Transport (Mid Reload)
The Maxxum 7s Select-frame Film Transport (Mid Reload Function) provides significant convenience when using several rolls of film in parallel or when making multiple exposures with bracketing. Photographers can unload and reload a partially exposed roll of film, or advance or rewind the film to a desired frame. This function not only minimizes the time and aggravation inherent to the reloading procedure but also greatly facilitates multiple-exposure photography with bracketing.
Once a spectacular photograph is taken, the Maxxum 7 remembers how it was achieved so the photographer can duplicate the effect again. The Maxxum 7s data memory function can store up to 11 items of photographic data, such as aperture value, shutter speed, exposure and flash compensation increments and lens smallest f-number, from as many as seven rolls of 36-exposure film. The photographer can then access the photographic data using the Navigation display.
Film Chamber Lock
The Maxxum 7 is the first 35mm SLR model in the world to adopt the Film Chamber Lock feature. Once loaded, the back cover is locked until the film is completely rewound to prevent accidental opening.
35 Custom Settings
The Maxxum 7 provides a wide selection of custom settings to enable you to truly personalize the camera for your particular style. Functions include: