Oct 6, 2005

Konica Minolta MAXXUM 5D

Konica Minolta's new Maxxum 5D is a high-performance interchangeable-lens digital SLR camera that inherits the revolutionary technology of its predecessor the Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D. Built-in Anti-Shake Performance with All Maxxum System Lenses*1 The Maxxum 5D inherits the revolutionary technology of the Maxxum 7D – the world’s first*2 digital SLR with built-in Anti-Shake Technology and CCD Shift mechanism that is compatible with all Maxxum system lenses*1 including Konica Minolta’s soon to be introduced line of Digital Technology “DT” lenses.
Konica Minolta Maxxum 5D 6.1MP Digital SLR Camera with Anti Shake & 18-70mm Lens

Konica Minolta Maxxum 5D
6.1MP Digital SLR Camera with Anti Shake

Steve's Digicams has posted his Konica Minolta MAXXUM 5D User Review and in it concludes-
"I thoroughly enjoyed using the MAXXUM 5D. Its controls have a professional feel, and are well-located on the body - easy to find and access, but not positioned where they might be accidentally activated. The menu system was logically organized and provided quick access to the 5D's shooting parameters. It's size was a good fit for my relatively large hand, more comfortable to hold than the canon Digital Rebel XT.

With a price aimed at the amateur dSLR market, the 5D faces stiff competition, largely from the Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT. Its image resolution (6 vs 8-megapixels) and shooting performance might fall a bit short of the XT's, but the 5D's image quality is essentially equal and its handling superior. The 5D's body-integral CCD-shift Anti-Shake feature will be a tie-breaker for many users. Amateur dSLR's are generally outfitted with relatively inexpensive amateur lenses having no image stabilization feature; the 5D's Anti-shake feature allows you to enjoy low light hand-held shooting with every lens in your kit, while the Rebel XT requires the purchase of relatively expensive IS lenses for equivalent low light shooting. Users of MAXXUM film SLR's now have a relatively inexpensive migration path to digital; those who found the 7D a bit pricey may be pushed over the edge by the 5D's $799 MSRP. Users of consumer digicams now have another alternative to consider as they evaluate upgrading to a dSLR; many of them will find the 5D's combination of excellent image quality, body-integral Anti-shake and excellent ergonomics compelling."

If Steve likes it, you can be rest assured this is a pretty nice peice of kit, if you don't mind the weight.