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Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D 6MP Digital SLR with Anti-Shake Technology (Body Only)

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  • 6.3-megapixel sensor captures images with up to 3,008x2,000 resolution
  • JPEG, RAW, RAW+JPEG image capture format
  • 2.5-inch color LCD screen
  • Stores images on CompactFlash memory card
  • Powered by NP-400 Li-ion battery, up to 400 shots on single charge
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Product Description

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Maxxum 7D is the premiere digital SLR camera from Konica Minolta. Based on the Minolta Maxxum 7000 digital-camera, the 7D leaps forward with higher resolution imaging, greater ease of use, superior creative control, and outstanding overall performance. Equipped with a large, 2.5-inch LCD monitor that brings a new standard of image reviewing to digital SLR photography, plus the powerful new implementation of a CCD-Shift Anti-Shake system designed for the camera's 6.1 megapixel CCD, the Maxxum 7D assures you of the beautiful results you've always wanted. Built-in Electronic-Flash (also accepts optional external flashes - External flashes Program Flash 5600HS(D), 3600HS(D), 2500D, Macro Ring Flash 1200) Flash metering - ADI, Pre-flash TTL, Manual flash control Drive modes - Single, Continuous, 10 seconds/2 seconds self-timer, Single bracket, Continuous bracket / Continuous advance - Approximately 3 frames per second Interval recording - Interval time - 30 seconds/1-10, 15, 20, 30, 45, 60 minutes, 2 -240 frames. Start timer is equipped. (Setting - 0.5 to 24H, in 0.5 increments) CCD Anti-Shake 2.5 LCD screen Unit Dimensions (W x H x D) - 5.91 x 4.17 x 3.05 inches Requires Lens - NOT INCLUDED

Product Information

Product Dimensions 5.9 x 3.1 x 4.2 inches
Item Weight 1.9 pounds
Shipping Weight 3.4 pounds
Item model number 2181-301
Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required.
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Best Sellers Rank #22,854 in Camera & Photo
#645 in Camera & Photo > DSLR Cameras
Date first available at August 11, 2004

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By F.C. on December 17, 2004
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I am a professional photographer and have shot Minolta since the advent of the first auto focus, the Model 7000. As the years went by, Cannon and Nikon seemed to kill them with lens selection and features. I still hung in there. I had about $11,000 in lenses alone and was more than a little pleased with the new Maxxum 9 when it came out. What a great camera! However, digital was rapidly becoming king.

About the time I decided to chuck it all for a new Cannon digital system, I heard rumors of a Minolta digital. This was previously stated to NEVER happen. Minolta would not build a digital body. Thank God for Konica! Shortly after the purchase of Minolta by Konica, the probability of a digital was rumored. I decided to hold out and am glad I did.

The camera is packed with an enormous array of features that can pretty much be found on most upper end Digital's. However, three main things have made me absolutely ecstatic with this camera:

1. The image viewing screen is absolutely huge compared to others. I can actually do legitimate critical proofing with this thing. I don't think you could even fit a bigger screen on it without making the camera larger.

2. The anti shake body is impressive...very impressive This is not new technology for Minolta. They have had this incorporated into their fixed lens digital for a while now. Bottom line is that it works! I sat it on the hood of a running car with the stabilizer on and then off (300mm 2.8 lens). The two photos were unbelievably different. One was blurred, one wasn't. That simple.

3. It shoots the same way my Maxxum 9 does. When I turn it on, it is ready to shoot. No waiting. The buffer size allows me to shoot continuously without missing important photos while waiting for the camera to catch up to me.
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It's really a no-brainer if you already have some Minolta AF lenses, but even if you don't have an SLR kit this camera should give you something to consider. The Canon 20D is a fine choice, too, but although it has a higher resolution sensor I'd rather have the 7D if I were just beginning to put a system together.

Why? The Minolta is a shooter's camera. The ergonomics are absolutely brilliant. Near perfect, even. Plus, the viewfinder is a whole lot better than Canon's or any other body in its range that I know of. That may not sound like a big deal, but it's very, very nice to have, especially if you do any macro work or need to focus manually for whatever reason. Everybody needs to see what they're shooting! I don't know why the other manufacturers don't realize this. Another great feature of the 7D is the large LCD that automatically orientates itself when you shoot vertically.

Then there's Minolta's anti-shake thing. It really does work as well as advertised, so if you know how to hold the camera you can really bend the rules with low-light shooting. The flexibility is awesome. Now, it won't work miracles. Don't expect it to give you a sharp photo if your subject's moving and you're shooting at 1/4". And you'll still want to use a tripod with that 300mm unless it's really bright out. But, say you have Minolta's great 50mm f1.4 mounted on the camera. You really can get away with handholding at 1/4" in a lot of situations (provided, of course, that you have good technique). That's what AS is for.

The 7D isn't quite perfect, though. Hopefully they've addressed this issue, but a lot of the early 7Ds (mine included) had to be sent back to KM to repair a backfocus problem. In some cases they had to be sent back more than once (mine included again).
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The Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D is a digital SLR (DSLR) which is built on Minolta's Maxxum 7 body in terms of buttons, knobs, and layout. In terms of build quality, it is more like the Maxxum 9 professional 35mm film body. It has an APS-size CCD as its image sensor which crops an image by 1.5X in comparison with its 35mm film counterpart. The 7D has a large, high-resolution LCD, matched by only two other DSLRs, as of this writing: the Nikon D2H and D2X, both of which are twice the price of this camera. It has a maximum ISO of 3200, matched by few other cameras. Even the Canon 1Ds has a maximum ISO of only 1250 and the Canon 1D Mark II of only 1600. The 7D has a resolution of 6 mega pixels, which some might find disappointing, given the plethora of new digital cameras which have come out over the past year having a resolution of 8 mega pixels. The big news, of course, is the built-in image stabilization, introduced in the Minolta A-1 prosumer camera. While Canon users, and, more recently and to a lesser degree, Nikon users, have had to choose a lens here and a lens there on which to spend their hard earned cash if they wanted image stabilization, owners of the 7D will pay a fair price for it once and will then gain the benefits of it with every lens in their arsenal; wide, long, macro, or special effect (e.g., soft focus). This is something that was impossible with film. It really is a brilliant idea.

Although there are some caveats, this is an excellent digital SLR with great features, handling, and performance. Please read my full review on my website.

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