Konica-Minolta Maxxum 7D Digital SLR
The Konica-Minolta Maxxum 7D is a unique camera in that it incorporates a moving sensor which can compensate for the effects
of camera shake. Other vendors offer similar systems, but only built into individual lenses, not into the camera body.
Obviously, building the anti-shake system into the body has the advantage of providing anti-shake with just about all lenses, not just
a few, and that makes the lenses cheaper (and lighter) than if they contained shake compensating optics.
A downside of the Konica-Minolta Maxxum 7D system is that you don't actually see the effect of the anti-shake system though the viewfinder, since the lens isn't involved. With both the Canon and Nikon systems you can see the Image Stabilization (IS - Canon)
or Vibration Reduction (VR - Nikon) in operation. It also seems that the "in body" system isn't quite as effective as the "in lens" systems.
Another feature of the Maxxum 7D which I noticed when I handled one is that Konica-Minolta have provides a lot of dials and buttons to select various camera functions rather than using scrolling menus. It's also noticeable that the LCD on the Maxxum 7D
is quite a bit larger than that found on other similar cameras from Canon and Nikon (2.5" on the 7D vs. 1.8" on the EOS 20D)
I have played with the Konica-Minolta Maxxum 7D a little, but I have not had the chance to do a real test of its capabilities (a review sample was promised, but has yet has not materialized!). However general reports from users indicate good performance and no major problems. The anti-shake feature certainly works, giving maybe 2 stops of extra "handholdability" with normal lenses, though there is some suggestion that it's not quite as effective at minimizing image blur as the Canon IS system - particularly at longer focal lengths. Nevertheless, it's effective with just about lenses to some degree, which is, of course, a very nice feature.
The image quality of the Konica-Minolta Maxxum 7D is very good and fully up the the standards of its competition. Noise at higher ISO setting isn't excessive, though the in-camera noise reduction algorithms do soften the images slightly. One minor point of inconvenience is that the maxxum 7D takes a while to "wakeup" when turned on. It takes 2 to 3 seconds before the first image can be obtained.
The following is a description of the camera by Konica-Minolta:
Konica Minolta is delighted to unveil the Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D. This groundbreaking
6.1 Megapixels resolution, interchangeable lens digital camera is the World's first
digital SLR to contain a body integral CCD-Shift, "Anti-Shake" (camera shake
compensation) technology that enhances picture quality, performance and improved handling
The Maxxum 7D is compatible with the full range* of Maxxum AF lenses.
The Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D is an interchangeable lens digital SLR camera that
inherits many of the high specifications and much of the Award winning performance from
the Maxxum Series SLR cameras.
Introduced in 1985, the Minolta 7000; the first 35mm film SLR with body integrated AF
system designed to use interchangeable AF lenses.
The new model's high technological standards and heritage make it an intensely
The Maxxum 7D is a digital SLR created using a broad range of sophisticated
photographic technologies each developed with years of camera making experience and
The unique built-in CCD-Shift type "Anti-Shake" technology endows the new
camera the first digital SLR to feature body-integral Anti-Shake function. The key benefit
of Anti-Shake is it can support all Maxxum AF lenses. *2 Anti-Shake technology allows
photography with reduced blur due to camera shake, even when shooting dimly lit scenes or
when using telephoto lenses and shooting macro subjects without the aid of flash or a
Other key contributors to the new camera's performance are its 6.1 million effective
pixels, housed on an APS-C size CCD and the Konica Minolta proprietary CxProcess III
image processing technology, that delivers high definition, natural looking images.
High speed image processing is achieved through the all new Advanced LSI Engine,
designed to help provide fast data handling for improved camera responsiveness and
The camera also sports a large, easy to view, high definition, 2.5-inch color LCD
monitor housed on its rear panel. The large screen provides a large clear display for menu
navigation and image display. It also displays relevant shooting information and camera
In keeping with its acclaimed Maxxum film SLR counterpart the Maxxum 7D inherits a
similar, simple to use Mode Dial and Lever Operation system. To enhance handling further
the new model also features a superbly bright, easy to view, high performance optical
In addition, the new digital SLR offers a comprehensive function set designed to meet a
diverse range of photographic challenges and user needs. The Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D is
complemented by a broad range of Maxxum accessories that offers photographers a complete
system back up.
1. World's first*1 digital SLR to be equipped with a body integral,
CCD-Shift camera shake compensation. Anti-Shake technology that supports all genuine
Maxxum interchangeable AF lenses. *2
2. Excellent picture quality derived from a high resolution 6.1
million pixels (effective) APS-C size CCD and original CxProcess III image
3. A large easy to view 2.5-inch high-definition color LCD monitor
that combines menu navigation with image and data display.
4. Combines simple operation in a stylish, compact package inheriting
the product ideals of the Maxxum range of film SLRs. Versatile imaging functions designed
to satisfy any photographer's needs, whether they are an amateur or enthusiast.
5. Excellent system back up and accessories to cater to a broad range
of subject genres and conditions.
Maxxum 7D Features
1. The Worlds first*1 digital SLR with body integral Anti-Shake
Technology and CCD-Shift Mechanism. Providing simple compatibility with Maxxum A Mount
optics and allowing all Maxxum interchangeable AF lenses to be used.*2
2. Konica Minolta award winning Anti-Shake technology has been
selected as European Photo Innovation of the Year 2004 2005 by EISA*4
and provides an equivalent correction effect*3 allowing the use of a shutter speed 2 - 3
Now its possible to reduce blur caused by camera shake. Even when taking photos
in dimly lit or twilight scenes or in natural light with a telephoto lens, as well as
macro shots without relying on a higher ISO setting, the aid of a flash or tripod.
Anti-Shake responds quickly to both broad, low velocity slow-swaying motion of the
camera body and the higher frequency movement typical of camera shake caused by a
The Anti-Shake technology can be switched on or off via a dedicated switch on the
cameras back. When activated an Anti-Shake indicator is displayed in the viewfinder
to keep the user informed how much shake is being detected.
3. Consistently high picture quality is ensured by the 6.1 Million
(effective) pixel APS-C size CCD, the unique CxProcess III image processing
technology. This is delivered by a combination of Konica Minoltas expertise in
photosensitive materials and exposure control technologies. Each is integrated here in
this new model to ensure superb picture quality and to help make the most of any attached
Maxxum AF lens.
A large 6.1 Million effective pixel APS-C size CCD allows shooting of
high-resolution images that have a wide dynamic range but with reduced noise, in highlight
A newly developed Advanced LSI image processing engine designed for the Maxxum
7D enables high-speed processing of large quantities of data and has been designed to
improve image processing at high-sensitivity settings, ensuring reduced image noise while
retaining high picture quality. This combination also helps ensure a handling response
similar to the smooth shooting rhythm associated with 35mm film SLRs.
CxProcess III is a Konica Minolta original, image processing technology
designed to provide impressive and natural looking images. CxProcess III achieves
these stunning, natural looking images by integrating a broad range of photographic
technologies gained from the Konica Minolta experience in this area. It ensures clear and
crisp pictures, natural skin tones and packs in detail ideal for recording faithfully
landscapes or macro subjects.
4. A large, easy to view monitor that works as both the menu
Navigation Display and Image Review Screen.
Easy to view 2.5-inch High Definition LCD Monitor mounted on the cameras
back-plate is the large, easy to view 2.5-inch, high resolution 207,000-pixel color
monitor. It quickly and clearly displays captured shots for fast image appraisal. Image
histogram data can be overlaid without obscuring the displayed image Thanks to its large
size, it can also display up to a 16-frame thumbnail index display.
Menu and Navigation Display
The LCD monitor works as a Navigation Display allowing seamless operation with clear
and concise camera settings displayed with comprehensive shooting information, indicated
with large and easy to read text. Aiding ease of use further, the display automatically
switches from horizontal to vertical format when shooting in the upright portrait
5. Simple operation and a stylish design ethos inherits design
features and ease of use from its Maxxum 7, 35mm film SLR camera predecessor.
Intuitive Operation with Mode Dial and Lever System
The new model inherits the dial and lever operation system from the Maxxum 7, a system
highly regarded by owners or its user-friendliness. It offers intuitive operation
making it particularly familiar to users moving up to the new digital model from the
silver halide SLR predecessor. The exposure compensation dial and easy to use exposure
mode dial is also inherited from the Maxxum 7, making it familiar and helping users
respond quickly to changing shooting conditions or rapidly changing picture opportunities.
A separate white balance lever is provided for fast white balance control, enhancing ease
of use even further.
Easy to view High Performance Viewfinder
A spherical acute matte focusing screen is used in the viewfinder for accurate, bright,
critical focusing assessment. The new model incorporates an optical glass pentaprism
viewfinder with 0.9X Magnification Factor and 95% Field of View for easy scene assessment
Highly Durable and Reliable Magnesium Alloy Body The Maxxum 7D has a robust
build quality due to its magnesium alloy front body panel and base. The tough build also
enhances camera reliability.
6. Enhanced shooting functions and versatile control designed to
satisfy photographic enthusiast and amateur users.
High Performance - High Speed AF
The new model incorporates a central cross hair type 9-point and 8-line AF sensor
array. This provides high precision AF and high performance subject tracking of moving
subjects within the frame. The AF system enables both Predictive Focus Control and Subject
Tracking for high speed focus adjustment of moving subjects making it ideal for capturing
fleeting moments or use in sports photography.
RAW+JPEG Simultaneous Recording
You can choose to shoot either JPEG or RAW images or both combined with the
simultaneous RAW + JPEG Dual-format Capture Mode for improved post-shoot workflow.
High-Speed Continuous Advance and Image Processing with Large Capacity Image
The new model allows high speed continuous shooting of up to 9 consecutive frames at up
to 3-frames per second in both RAW or RAW+JPEG modes due to the inclusion of a high
capacity image buffer. Additionally it also allows continuous shooting of up to twelve
3008x2000 JPEG images at the extra-fine image-quality setting and fifteen JPEG images the
same size at the fine image-quality setting. These high-speed shooting capabilities are
ideal for capturing momentary expressions, sports or fleeting action shots, while
retaining high picture quality throughout.
Comprehensive Image Adjustment and Control for Creative Picture Capture
a) Image correction: 5-step fine control adjustment for sharpness, contrast, color
saturation and hue.
b) White balance (WB) setting: In addition to the auto mode the new camera has six
presets for WB plus a custom mode for precise white balance settings in difficult lighting
conditions. This model also features numerical setting for color temperature which gives
photographers a higher degree of color temperature matching. Fine-tuning is possible over
a range from 2500K to 9900K in 100K increments providing a broader range than with the
Balance or Preset White Balance alone. This feature also allows precise control when
directly input from accurate measurements calculated by the Konica Minolta Colormeter
c) Zone Matching: A new technology that allows the precise reproduction of tonal
gradations in highlights and shadows; essential in difficult shooting conditions with
predominant highlights and helps ensure noise free lowlight images. The Zone Matching
system permits effective control of high and low key tone capture; the former important
for highlight capture in shots such as white of a of wedding dress; the latter for low
7. A wide variety of system accessories are also
available adding versatility for all shooting styles and adding flexibility for any
The dedicated VC-7D Vertical Control Grip for Maxxum 7D connects to
the camera body and provides a reassuringly firm grip on the camera. It enhances, upright
camera control and overall ease of use, particularly for portrait format shots.
a) Comfortable operation and handling for vertical shooting
The VC-7Ds sure-hold grip gives confident handling characteristics. The grip has
a dedicated shutter-release button, front and rear control dials, AF/MF control button, AE
lock button and AF area selector button, thereby delivering comfortable and reassuring
handling characteristics to the camera in either horizontal or vertical shooting
b) Dual lithium-ion batteries can be inserted and used in tandem
The VC-7D allows two lithium-ion batteries to be used simultaneously for an enhanced
power supply. This allows photographers to take advantage of shooting many more images
without worrying about recharging batteries.
c) AA batteries can also be used
Adding still more versatility, high capacity AA Ni-MH batteries can also be used.
A broad range of Maxxum system accessories are available including D-Series
flash units, remote cords and an angle viewfinder. The D-Series flash and D-Series lenses,
which include built-in focus distance calculation, the new model gives improved exposure
accuracy. Combined with high-precision ADI flash metering the camera provides
high-precision lighting control that answers the most demanding and diverse needs.
DiMAGE Master is optional software to improve creative workflow for advanced
users. Diversified tools for classifying and comparing images boost work efficiency in of
selecting the best shots. A newly developed RAW processing program enables more accurate
*1) As an interchangeable lens digital SLR camera
*2) Use of Anti-Shake with some specialist lenses may be subject to particular usage
*3) Anti-Shake picture blur correction effect amount varies with shooting conditions
and lenses used.
*4) The European Imaging and Sound Association who publish 50 major photography and AVmagazines in 20 European countries.
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||Interline primary color CCD (23.7 mm x 15.6 mm) with
|No. of pixels (approx.)
||Total: 6.3 million, Effective: 6.1 million
||Auto, ISO 100 / 200 / 400 / 800 / 1600 / 3200 equivalents
|White balance control
||Automatic, Preset (Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten,
Fluorescent, Flash), Custom,Color temperature setting available
||Type I and Type II CompactFlash Cards / Microdrive, SD*Memory
Cards / Multi Media Card* * with optional SD-CF1 in use
||JPEG, RAW, RAW+JPEG,
(DCF 2.0 compliant, DPOF supported by printing functions in ver.1.1, Exif 2.2)
||FAT 12, 16, 32 supported
|Folder name formats
|No. of recorded pixels Storage capacity
(with 256MB CF card in L / M / S size)
|L: 3008 x 2000, M: 2256 x 1496, S: 1504 x 1000
STD: 138 / 235 / 463, FINE: 81 / 141 / 292, EXTRA-FINE: 41 / 72 / 157,
RAW+JPEG: 19 / 21 / 23, RAW: 26 / - / -
||Natural (sRGB), Natural+ (sRGB), Adobe RGB
|Image quality mode
||Standard, Fine, Extra-fine, Raw, RAW+JPEG
|Contrast / saturation / sharpness / hue
||5 steps: -2, -1, 0, +1, +2
||Available at shutter speed longer than 1 s
||Single, multiple, or all frames in a folder / memory card can
*selectable in the Menu, except single frame deletion
||2.5-inch TFT color, Total pixels: 207,000
|No. of frame displayed
||1, Index (4, 9, 16 selectable)
||Image only, image + text, image + text + histogram
||TTL phase-detection system
||CCD line sensors (9 points, 8 lines with center
||EV-1 ~ EV18 (ISO 100 equivalent)
||Wide area with local area selection, AF-A/C/S/MF switchable,
predictive focus control for moving subject, auto-tracking focus-point display
||Activated with the built-in flash in low-light / low contrast
Range: 1 m ~ 5 m / 3.3 ft ~ 16.4 ft
||Direct TTL metering; 14-segment honeycomb-pattern metering,
Center-weighted metering, Spot metering
||14-segment honeycomb-pattern SPC
||EV 0 (EV 3 with Spot metering) ~ EV 20 (ISO 100 equivalent,
with f/1.4 lens)
||P/Full-auto program (Programmed AE with program shift), A, S,
||± 3EV in 1/2 EV increments, ± 2EV in 1/3 EV increments
||± 2EV in 1/2 EV increments
|Flash metering system
||Multi-segment ADI / P-TTL flash metering, Manual
||Automatically activated with AF lock. Available with AEL
||GN 12 (in meters at ISO 100), GN 17 (ISO 200) *
with 24mm lens cover in use
||Approx. 3 s
||Manual switchover; lift-up for Fill Flash, push down for
||Fill Flash, Pre Flash with Red-eye reduction.
(Rear flash sync, Wireless/Remote off-camera flash, High-speed sync: Flash available with
||Electronically-controlled, vertical-traverse, focal-plane
||1/4000 s ~ 30 s, Time-exposure (Bulb) possible
|Flash sync speed
||1/160 s (with Anti-Shake OFF), 1/125 s (with Anti-Shake ON)
||Eye-level fixed system with optical-glass pentaprism
||Spherical Acute Matte (G-type as standard)
|Field of view
||0.9x * with 50mm lens focused on infinity, at -1 m-1
||Approx. 25 mm from the eyepiece, 21 mm from the eyepiece
frame in -1 dioptor
(-1m-1), Eyepiece cup removable.
||-3.0 ~ +1.0 m-1
||Single,Continuous, 10 s / 2 s Self-timer, Single bracket,
||Max. 9 frames (RAW / RAW+JPEG),max. 12 frames (JPEG,
L-EXTRA-FINE), max. 15 frames (JPEG, L-FINE)
||2-240 frames, Interval time:0.5/1-10/15/20/30/45/60 minutes,
Start timer is equipped. (Settings: 0.5 to 24 H, in 0.5 increments)
||10 s / 2 s delay selectable, with time display by LED
||With 0.3 / 0.5 EV increments, 3 / 5 frames
||LED indicator in viewfinder
||Equivalent to 2 3 steps in shutter speed(varies
according to the lens used & shooting conditions)
||Instant playback, zone matching, remote-storage function*
(*Requires firmware update. Firmware updater and DiMAGE Transfer software will be
available for download in January 2005.)
||USB 2.0 High-Speed
||PAL / NTSC
||0 to 40 degrees centigrade / 32 to 104 degrees Fahrenheit
|Printing output control
||Exif Print, PRINT Image Matching III, PictBridge
||Lithium-ion battery NP-400
||No. of frames recorded: approx. 400 (CIPA measurement),
approx. 600 (Konica Minolta measurement)
|External power source
||6 V DC (with specified AC adapter AC-11), Vertical Control
Grip VC-7D (possible to adopt two NP-400 batteries, or six AA size Ni-MH batteries)
||Approx. 150 mm x 106 mm x 77.5 mm / 5.9 in. x 4.2 in. x 3.1
||Approx. 760 g / 26.8 oz. * without batteries and recording
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