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Minolta Dimage 7 5MP Digital Camera w- 7x Optical Zoom by Review Summary ,  Aug 2, 2015

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Minolta Dimage 7 5MP Digital Camera w/ 7x Optical Zoom
Report Date: 09/20/2015
Based on 72 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 3.8
Returned or considering to return: 6.9%

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Individual Feature Rating
Quality4.3   average
Lens4.2   exceptional
Image3.8   below average
Battery2.9   below average


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Battery

Battery:
"I did experience a problem with the camera telling me batteries were drained when they weren't; opening and reclosing the battery chamber seemed to correct the mistake."
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"Rubber around the eyepiece is split and coming off, no user manual (which is not good with a camera with this many functions and capabilities), no USB cable, dead batteries (not that big of a deal), and seems to have a few performance issues."
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"I don't seem to have the battery problems that some report, since I use the automatic eye-level viewfinder exclusively, and I turn the camera off if I'm not going to use it in the next few seconds."
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"Only problem is battery life."
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"Here's a quick list of the qualities I really like about this camera:The image resolution (It's 4.91 megapixel effective resolution CCD actually allows small details in the picture to be visable and sharp); the acurate colors (once the image is run throught the Minolta Image Viewer utility, which is a necessity to convert the images from it's native Minolta color space to the appropriate desitnations color space; sRGB, ICC profile, AppleRGB, AdobeRGB, etc...); It's great quality zoom lens with it's f2.8 aperature; it's Flex Point focusing (a really great feature); it's use of easy to obtain and relatively inexpensive rechargeable AA NiMh batteries (instead of expensive, and mostly hard to find proprietary batteries that a lot of companies force you to use); it's Electronic Viewfinder (Somehow it doesn't seem right, but the LCD used in the Dimage 7's viewfinder is actually quite good."
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"Highly recommended, but keep in mind the battery time and necessary charging time."
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"I used the batteries that the Dimage 7 said were done in my Nikon 990 and was able to take about 25 more photos with the Nikon."
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"Good pictures once you buy rechargeable batteries."
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"My suggestion is to get a few good sets of lithium batteries and keep the viewfinder off, then you will get a good 50-75 picts out of a set of batteries."
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Focus

Focus:
"The examples of black-and-white images taken by this camera can be seen at:[...] The only things need to be improved for this camera are: 1) the autofocusing function is too slow and sometimes not accurate especially in the dim light; 2) the range of aperture is relatively limited."
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"It can easily get you the wrong focus when the framed area is inadequately lit, or when you are focusing at a black subject in the spot focus mode."
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"For instance, the focus is slower, and it's hard to use for studio flash work."
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"The auto focus is slow and not very good, which means high speed actions shots are almost out."
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"The electronic viewfinder is disconcerting, focusing using the autofocus was inaccurate, and the flash is inconsistent, sometimes overexposing, sometimes underexposing."
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"Manual focus and easy of switching between automatic and manual exposure settings are examples."
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"It can easily get you the wrong focus when the framed area is inadequately lit, or when you are focusing at a black subject in the spot focus mode."
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"(tripod, iso 100, 4sec, manual focus, night program, rest automatic)A good Compact Flash card is worth the investment."
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"Here's a quick list of the qualities I really like about this camera:The image resolution (It's 4.91 megapixel effective resolution CCD actually allows small details in the picture to be visable and sharp); the acurate colors (once the image is run throught the Minolta Image Viewer utility, which is a necessity to convert the images from it's native Minolta color space to the appropriate desitnations color space; sRGB, ICC profile, AppleRGB, AdobeRGB, etc...); It's great quality zoom lens with it's f2.8 aperature; it's Flex Point focusing (a really great feature); it's use of easy to obtain and relatively inexpensive rechargeable AA NiMh batteries (instead of expensive, and mostly hard to find proprietary batteries that a lot of companies force you to use); it's Electronic Viewfinder (Somehow it doesn't seem right, but the LCD used in the Dimage 7's viewfinder is actually quite good."
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"Color balence, contrast, exposure, and focusing are excellent."
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Image

Image:
"The same problem when you put images to your video."
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"Photos are sharper than 35mm film images (when resampled to 300 dpi and printed at a lab).Most complaints seem to be in the power consumption area."
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"On the negative side, images recorded in 5 meg mode take longer to write (i. e. the camera is 'busy' longer btwn shots), it uses far more battery power, it occupies ungodly amts of space on memory cards, and it make files so large that they can only feasibly be sent via email if both parties have exceptionally fast connections and can only be posted to websites if the viewer has a very fast connection to open it."
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"One way to fix this problem is to crop that part of the image out in Photoshop."
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"The neck strap attachment ring on the right side of the camera gets in the way of opening and closing the compact flash door (just annoying).Don't even think of downloading pics through the supplied USB cable (very slow)."
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"Otherwise I think the Dimage 7 is great, it shoots dazzling and sharp pics that print perfectly in 8 X 10 and definitely worth the price! "
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"So I am very happy with my buy and have used it for HDR-IR images with expected results."
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"I realize this is one of the first digital SLR's on the market and if you look at the back-side image on Amazon it does look pretty small, but in person it's REALLY small."
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"You may want to go that route if you want the great image quality without as steep of a curve."
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"Here's a quick list of the qualities I really like about this camera:The image resolution (It's 4.91 megapixel effective resolution CCD actually allows small details in the picture to be visable and sharp); the acurate colors (once the image is run throught the Minolta Image Viewer utility, which is a necessity to convert the images from it's native Minolta color space to the appropriate desitnations color space; sRGB, ICC profile, AppleRGB, AdobeRGB, etc...); It's great quality zoom lens with it's f2.8 aperature; it's Flex Point focusing (a really great feature); it's use of easy to obtain and relatively inexpensive rechargeable AA NiMh batteries (instead of expensive, and mostly hard to find proprietary batteries that a lot of companies force you to use); it's Electronic Viewfinder (Somehow it doesn't seem right, but the LCD used in the Dimage 7's viewfinder is actually quite good."
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Lens

Lens:
"Lenses have been the BIG WEAK POINT on high-end consumer digital cameras, and image resolution isn't far behind."
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"The Bad: The camera body and lens are made from a silver plastic that unfortunately has the look and feel of a cheap toy."
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"(minus 1 star) Great lens - nice megapixels - good manual controls - it's ashamed the two things above are so poor."
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"It has all glass lens and a great macro setting at wide and tele ends."
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"Although it's only 5mp it gives out great quality pictures, this is due to the size of the lens."
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"I had confidence in the lens and it doesn't let me down either."
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"Here's a quick list of the qualities I really like about this camera:The image resolution (It's 4.91 megapixel effective resolution CCD actually allows small details in the picture to be visable and sharp); the acurate colors (once the image is run throught the Minolta Image Viewer utility, which is a necessity to convert the images from it's native Minolta color space to the appropriate desitnations color space; sRGB, ICC profile, AppleRGB, AdobeRGB, etc...); It's great quality zoom lens with it's f2.8 aperature; it's Flex Point focusing (a really great feature); it's use of easy to obtain and relatively inexpensive rechargeable AA NiMh batteries (instead of expensive, and mostly hard to find proprietary batteries that a lot of companies force you to use); it's Electronic Viewfinder (Somehow it doesn't seem right, but the LCD used in the Dimage 7's viewfinder is actually quite good."
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Price

Price:
"the viewfinder isn't perfect, but for the money I dare anyone to finde a higher quality camera."
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"The prices on this camera are good, as its replacement, the 7i (which fixes some of the hassles of this camera), is out at higher cost."
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"The Bad: The camera body and lens are made from a silver plastic that unfortunately has the look and feel of a cheap toy."
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"Otherwise I think the Dimage 7 is great, it shoots dazzling and sharp pics that print perfectly in 8 X 10 and definitely worth the price! "
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"Overall, the image quality cannot be faulted and the camera is an incredably good value at the price it is being offered at."
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"You will spend money on a camera for the great capabilities and yet Minolta only provides the low end memory card."
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"For the money, this one is an excellent buy."
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"The prices on this camera are good, as its replacement, the 7i (which fixes some of the hassles of this camera), is out at higher cost."
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Quality

Quality:
"Eye piece and other connected plastic pieces seem to fall off easily and permanentlyThe worst is the video, the quality compared to lesser priced camera is poor and WIHTOUT SOUND."
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"There are many small things I like about this camera, but I can't write them all, so here is a list of qualities I dislike, (which is much shorter):Compared to other camera, the Dimage 7 is a battery power hog (Be sure to use good quality 1,600mAh or 1,700mAh NiMh batteries); You have to run your images through the included Image Viewer Utilily or the colors in your images will most likely look dull and flat; and finally, when using the .RAW image format you must wait for the complete image to be written to the CF card BEFORE you can take the next picture (which can be as long as almost a full minute)"
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"Outstanding picture quality, but I wouldn't recommend its purchase."
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"Once I got used to the adjustments I was able to take very high quality pictures."
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"Overall, the image quality cannot be faulted and the camera is an incredably good value at the price it is being offered at."
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"The uniqueness of this camera, as compared to many of its analogs, is the availability and quality of the black-and-white mode for serious creative photographers."
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"Although it's only 5mp it gives out great quality pictures, this is due to the size of the lens."
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"Eye piece and other connected plastic pieces seem to fall off easily and permanentlyThe worst is the video, the quality compared to lesser priced camera is poor and WIHTOUT SOUND."
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Viewfinder

Viewfinder:
"(minus 1 star) Also - that viewfinder is absurd - it is almost impossible to make out details while looking through it."
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"the viewfinder isn't perfect, but for the money I dare anyone to finde a higher quality camera."
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"The electronic viewfinder is maybe not quite as nice as a great optic through-the-lens one, BUT you can see all your settings without taking your eye off of your subject."
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"good; not the best solution, since a TTL optical viewfinder would be preferable, but this is the best LCD viewfinder I have seen, and a decent alternative to the main LCD; one advantage is that you can see all of the control information on the viewfinder."
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"not easy for large fingers such as mine).The viewfinder?"
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"Better then the Sony DSC707 or the Fuji MX6900, but it is not as good as the true optical viewfinder on the much more expensive Nixon D1x or that class of camera (cost 2x-6x as much and are not as easy to use).It uses batteries up fast."
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"My suggestion is to get a few good sets of lithium batteries and keep the viewfinder off, then you will get a good 50-75 picts out of a set of batteries."
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"Here's a quick list of the qualities I really like about this camera:The image resolution (It's 4.91 megapixel effective resolution CCD actually allows small details in the picture to be visable and sharp); the acurate colors (once the image is run throught the Minolta Image Viewer utility, which is a necessity to convert the images from it's native Minolta color space to the appropriate desitnations color space; sRGB, ICC profile, AppleRGB, AdobeRGB, etc...); It's great quality zoom lens with it's f2.8 aperature; it's Flex Point focusing (a really great feature); it's use of easy to obtain and relatively inexpensive rechargeable AA NiMh batteries (instead of expensive, and mostly hard to find proprietary batteries that a lot of companies force you to use); it's Electronic Viewfinder (Somehow it doesn't seem right, but the LCD used in the Dimage 7's viewfinder is actually quite good."
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"I have been taking photos on RAW quality (similar to TIFF - large transfer times, because of the size) on a 1 GB IBM Microdrive (more power consumption), using the camera on auto viewfinder LCD, and 30-40% of these shots I've used the flash.. and am happy to report that the batteries are good for about 40-50 shots (not bad considering the power requirements of this setup)."
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"The pictures in the camera and on the viewfinder were excellent."
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Zoom

Zoom:
"the zoom could not be greater for me the close up."
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"The manual zoom allows for excellent custom shots, and it saves on your dear power availability."
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"This is real ZLR camera, very good (and fast) zoom, many manual settings."
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"You can take a lot of pictures and when you put them on the computer and zoom in, instead of going blurry, it has great zoom (5 mega-pixels! )"
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"Here's a quick list of the qualities I really like about this camera:The image resolution (It's 4.91 megapixel effective resolution CCD actually allows small details in the picture to be visable and sharp); the acurate colors (once the image is run throught the Minolta Image Viewer utility, which is a necessity to convert the images from it's native Minolta color space to the appropriate desitnations color space; sRGB, ICC profile, AppleRGB, AdobeRGB, etc...); It's great quality zoom lens with it's f2.8 aperature; it's Flex Point focusing (a really great feature); it's use of easy to obtain and relatively inexpensive rechargeable AA NiMh batteries (instead of expensive, and mostly hard to find proprietary batteries that a lot of companies force you to use); it's Electronic Viewfinder (Somehow it doesn't seem right, but the LCD used in the Dimage 7's viewfinder is actually quite good."
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