Jan 8, 2005

Konica Minolta MAXXUM 7D reviews

Steve at Steve's Digicams has posted his review of the Konica Minolta MAXXUM 7D and writes:
The first thing that strikes you about the 7D is the multitude of controls that sprout from its body, so many, in fact, that there is no room for a top-mounted data LCD. The benefit is that many settings that on other dSLR's require wading through menus or removing the camera from eye level to change are manipulated directly via a dedicated dial or button. Photographers with roots extending deep into the 35mm film era will appreciate the extent to which the 7D's controls are brought to its surface.
The 7D's image quality is very good. Image noise is low at speeds up to ISO 400, and moderate but acceptable at ISO 800. Noise at ISO 1600 and 3200 is quite noticeable. Overall, the 7D's noise characteristics are roughly equal to the 2-year old Canon 10D, falling short of the standard set by the current Canon 20D. You might find that using the 7D's Anti-shake feature will minimize your need to shoot at the higher ISO settings, however.
With a price and feature set aimed at the prosumer dSLR market, the 7D falls a bit short of current competitive benchmarks. Shooting performance, image resolution, and image quality at high ISO are more comparable to last years models, such as the Canon 10D, than to current industry leaders, like the Canon 20D. Its body-integral CCD-shift Anti-Shake feature is a first among dSLR's, but is no more effective than the lens-based image stabilization or vibration reduction features of its competitors. Lens cost should be considered when comparing systems; the 7D's Anti-Shake feature may provide a cost advantage versus purchasing multiple IS or VR lenses of competing systems.