When quality and control matter, the DiMAGE 7Hi is the camera of choice. With five-million pixel resolution and a 7X zoom lens, the DiMAGE 7Hi is a digital imaging center that can control all the essential elements for high-quality photography: sharpness, exposure, contrast, color, and saturation. 12-bit A/D conversion and Minolta's image-processing technology, CxProcess, guarantee what you see will be captured. And image quality choices have been refined with the inclusion of the Extra Fine mode, which performs only minimal compression. Other new features you will love: built-in flash synch terminal, expanded shutter range, enhanced burst modes, and luxurious black exterior finish.
Memory Card Support: CompactFlash (CF) Card
LCD Screen Size: 1.8 in
Camera Type: Bridge Camera
Effective Megapixels: 5 Megapixel
Lens Mount: Fixed
Product Title: Konica Minolta Minolta DiMAGE 7Hi 5 Megapixel Bridge Camera - Black
Manufacturer: Konica Minolta
Power Score: 4.3 | 9 Reviews
Total Pixels: 5200000
Image Sensor: CCD
Maximum Video Capture Resolution: 320 x 240
Flash: Red-eye Reduction
Interface Connection: 1 x USB
Digital Zoom: 2x
Max Aperture: 3.5 1/f
Removable Flash Memory Included: 16 MB
Height: 3.6 in
Weight: 1.16 lbs
Width: 4.6 in
Class: Audio Visual Accessory
Depth: 4.4 in
Warranty Information: 1 Year Limited
URL: Manufacturer Link
Image Format: DCF, DPOF, EXIF, JPEG, TIFF
Maximum Frame Rate: 15 frames/s (fps)
White Balance: Auto, Preset Modes
Max Focal Length: 50.8 mm
Focus Features: Auto Focus, Focus Lock, Manual Focus
Video Capture Format: MJPEG, TIFF
Features: Automatic Flash, LCD Display, Manual Flash (on/off), Red-eye reduction, Self Timer, SLR Camera Functionality, Viewfinder
General Features: Flash Cancel (On/Off), Photo Date/Time Stamping, Red-Eye Reduction, Self Timer, SLR Camera
Number of Resolution Modes: 7
Image Sensor Quantity: 1
Included Components: Carrying Strap, Charger, Lens Cover, Recording Media
Metering Characteristics: Center-weighted Average, Spot
Minimum Shutter Speed: 30 sec.
Power Source: (4) AA Battery, Nickel Metal Hydride (NiMH) Battery, Rechargeable Battery
Min Aperture: 2.8 1/f
Focus Type: Auto, Manual
Min Focus Distance: 1.6 ft
Description: DIMAGE 7HI SLR DIG CAM 5MP 16MB APO OPTIC 7X ZOOM 4AA BATT & CHRGR
Image Capacity Standard: 17
Max Zoom: 2 X
Bulb Setting: Yes
Maximum Image Capacity: 100
ISO Equivalencies: 100, 200, 400, 800
Frames per Second: 15 frames/s (fps)
Min Focal Length: 7.2 mm
Max Horizontal Image Resolution: 2560 pixels
Maximum Shutter Speed: 4000 1/f
Exposure Settings: Aperture Priority, Manual Exposure, Multiple Program Modes, Shutter Priority
Max Vertical Image Resolution: 1920 pixels
Product Reviews (9)
I'm a Minolta fanatic, having...
Strengths: Use of standard AA batteries (no mfgr-specials) Extremely wide magnification range, from 28mm wide angle to 210mm tele. Very small shutter lag. Histogram lets you determine correct lighting.
Weakness: Autofocus isn't. Filter ring is so small you'll get vignetting if you use any filters with wide angle magnifications [get a step up ring and 62mm or larger filters to prevent this]. Noise at high IS
I'm a Minolta fanatic, having owned both SRT and Maxxums -- I bought this camera to replace a Sony F505V (2.0Megapixel) that went belly up after over 10,000 pictures. I take thousands of pictures of marching bands every year -- they generally don't move very fast, but you want to catch everyone in a good position. This camera had great promise, but it never made it due to the autofocus problem....
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I'm a Minolta fanatic, having owned both SRT and Maxxums -- I bought this camera to replace a Sony F505V (2.0Megapixel) that went belly up after over 10,000 pictures. I take thousands of pictures of marching bands every year -- they generally don't move very fast, but you want to catch everyone in a good position.
This camera had great promise, but it never made it due to the autofocus problem. At 28mm widest, I could fit most of a football field (with marching band) in the picture. Sadly, it was not meant to be. In the end, I had to use manual focussing (with its resulting lost time) to get pictures that weren't blurry; for a 5MP camera, I was getting worse results than with the preceeding 2.0MP camera. I finally replaced this camera with a Sony F717, which let me snap off a zillion crystal clear in-focus pictures of my band on the field. Minolta customer service never managed to help me solve this problem; even a firmware upgrade didn't help. I gave this camera to my daughter for a photography class, and she (and her instructor) had exactly the same problems, so it wasn't user error.
I'm really sorry this Minolta didn't work out -- it makes me gunshy against trying any other Minolta product in the future.
By unclesmrgol - Jan 11, 2005
I've owned several digital...
Strengths: Very good to excellent pictures, tons of customization, fast focusing, nice internal buffer size, available at good prices- since it's discontinued.
Weakness: Moderate image noise in lower-light situations or in contrasty scenes.
I've owned several digital cameras, including the nearly legendary Coolpix 995. The 7hi is a very good camera that's available at an excellent price. The enormous amount of customization in features and shooting modes makes this camera more of a pro-sumer grade model, as some of the options may be too complex and confusing for those just looking for a point-and-shoot camera. The lens is fantastic...
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I've owned several digital cameras, including the nearly legendary Coolpix 995. The 7hi is a very good camera that's available at an excellent price. The enormous amount of customization in features and shooting modes makes this camera more of a pro-sumer grade model, as some of the options may be too complex and confusing for those just looking for a point-and-shoot camera. The lens is fantastic (indeed, this camera has the same lens that the new A1 and A2 have), and the controls are very well laid out and easy to use.
The only negative that I can find about the camera is that some images do have more noise than I'd like to see. Not unlike older, grainy 400speed 35mm film, you will get noise in most shots if you look hard enough. Don't bother using the camera at ISO 400 or 800, as most of your pictures will come up so grainy that they're almost impossible to use. You can improve the noise in post-processing, however. And the noise only becomes apparent in printing 8x10's or larger .
The other complaint that many people make is battery life. It is true that the Dimage 7 series cameras love batteries. But if you use some comon sense and buy good NiMH batteries you won't have a problem. You simply can't use alkaline batteries in this camera. The included 1850 mAh NiMH batteries are made by Sanyo, and are not very good. I can get 30ish shots on them before they battery status goes from good to low, and another 20 or so before they give out completely, with a charger that takes 8 hours to recharge - that's pretty bad. I had read from reviews that the 7hi needed good batteries and purchased 4 Energizer NiMH 1850 mAh w/ a 15-minute charger for $20, and 4 Energizer 2100 mAh for $10 at the local W-Mart before I even bought the camera. The Energizer 1850's last about twice as long as the Sanyo's, and the with the 2100's I can take over 200 photos before they even report a low battery. I shot about 500MB worth of photos at a recent event over the course of 3 hours on the 2100's. There are other batteries that are even better than the Energizers, so I've read. There isn't a problem with battery life *if* you use some good NiMH batteries.
Just go buy yourself some 2100 (or greater) mAh NiMH batteries and you will have no problems with this camera.
By PAC77 - Mar 30, 2004
we had a horrific experience with...
Strengths: good image
Weakness: very bad company support.
we had a horrific experience with the company when we sent defective camera back for repair. we finally are having camera sent back to us so we can have the problem remedied at our expense. caveat emptor !!
By demellos - Feb 19, 2004
battery sucker. what's worse is...
Weakness: short battery tim; poor pic quality; manual zoom
battery sucker. what's worse is the color/pixel. it is very blotchy and grainy. the CCD is the worst as I ever see. pic quality is worse than 3 MP Nikon Coolpix. Don't buy it !!!
By junjunwu - Dec 21, 2003
I had this camera for a few days...
Strengths: Speed, powerful built in flash and features laden for a camera you can grow with(price gone south since A1 took over which is a good thing for discriminating consumer on a budget)
Weakness: 7x Zoom photos tend to be blurry since it's prone to hand shakes. You need a very steady hand or tripod to get a sharp photo. Steep learning curve and not recommended for digital camera novices.
I had this camera for a few days and loves it. The quality is absolutely amazing and the features that come with this camera blows me away. Photo is crisp sharp, excellent contrast and color vibrant-all with controlable settings. Once you burn through the manuals you will love the various options available. This is one camera you can grow with. I didn't have any problem with the battery life...
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I had this camera for a few days and loves it. The quality is absolutely amazing and the features that come with this camera blows me away. Photo is crisp sharp, excellent contrast and color vibrant-all with controlable settings. Once you burn through the manuals you will love the various options available. This is one camera you can grow with.
I didn't have any problem with the battery life which plaques many as I used the newest and most powerful MAHA Powerex 2200 Ni-Mh rechargeble batteries. Definitely a great buy for less than $600. 5mb with 7x zooms and not to mention it's best wide angle 28mm in the digital camera arena(the only one for now at this price range beside the latest Minolta A1 costing $250 more).
Grab one before the present stock went dry.
By ptsong - Dec 16, 2003