Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D SLR Review

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Konica Minolta MAXXUM 7D



Digital Features & Controls



The menu system is called-up by depressing the MENU button at the top left corner of the LCD monitor. Menu's are navigated with the up/left/right/down buttons or the front and rear control dials. Menu choices are confirmed by depressing the center button of the 4-way controller.


Minolta Maxxum 7D

Record Menu Section 1:

  • Image size:
      Large - 3008 x 2000 - 6-megapixel
      Medium - 2256 x 1496 - 3.3-megapixel
      Small - 1504 x 1000 - 1.5-megapixel
  • Quality:
      RAW - uncompressed 8.6-megabytes
      Extra Fine - 5.9-megabytes for a Large image
      Fine - 3.0-megabytes for a Large image
      Standard - 1.8-megabytes for a Large image
  • Color mode:
      Natural: sRGB - Natural color in the sRGB color space
      Natural+:sRGB - Increased contrast and actuance in the sRGB color space
      EmbedAdobeRGB - Faithful color reproduction using extended gamut of Adobe RGB color space
  • Digital FX:
      Independent adjustment of Contrast, Saturation, Sharpness and Hue in 5 steps.


Minolta Maxxum 7D

Record Menu Section 2:

  • Flash mode:
      Fill-flash - Flash forced on
      Red eye - Red eye reduction by firing several pre-flashes to contract the subject's pupils
      Rear sync. - Fires the flash at the end of a long exposure, blurring follows rather than precedes the subject
      Wireless - Controls a compatible off-camera flash unit (5600HS(D) or 3600HS(D)
  • Flash control:
      ADI flash - Advanced Distance Integration flash metering, uses distance and pre-flash information to determine exposure
      Pre-flashTTL - exposure set with pre-flash only
      Manual - Fires flash with a ratio of Full, 1/2, 1/4, 1/8 or 1/16 power
  • Exposure bracket setup
      ± 0.3 or 0.5 Ev for 3 or 5 frames
  • Flash bracket setup
      ± 0.3 or 0.5 Ev for 3 or 5 frames
  • Bracket order:
      Specify the order of bracketed exposures


Minolta Maxxum 7D

Record Menu Section 3:

  • Inst.Playback:
      Display captured image for 2, 5 or 10 seconds, or do not display it.
  • Setup (Inst.Playback):
      Display the image only, image with information, or image with information and histogram
  • Noise reductn
      Apply dark frame subtraction to exposures of 1 second or longer, reducing image noise


Minolta Maxxum 7D

White Balance Menu

  • Preset white balance settings of Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent and Flash, each fine tunable in 7 steps
  • Custom white balance settings are made from a reference shot of a white or neutral subject and saved in one of three registers
  • Color temperature can be set witin a range of 2500K to 9900K


Minolta Maxxum 7D

Camera Sensitivity Menu - ISO

Settings of Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800 and 1600 available. ISO 3200 can be enabled in the Custom menu.

Custom Menu

The Custom Menu controls operation preferences; it has four sections:


Minolta Maxxum 7D

Custom Menu Section 1:

  • Priority setup: AF/Shutter Release Priority Setup
      AF - AF priority, shutter does not release until camera focuses
      Release - shutter release priority, shutter releases even if focus has not been achieved
  • FocusHoldButt: Focus Hold Button Setup for lenses so equipped
      Focus hold - pressing focus hold button locks focus
      D.O.F preview - pressing focus hold previews depth of field
  • AF/MF button: AF/MF button setup
      Hold - AF/MF button must be pressed and held to switch between auto and manual focus
      Toggle - Press and release to toggle between focus modes
  • AEL button: AEL Button Setup
      AE Hold - AEL button must be pressed and held to lock exposure, released to unlock exposure
      AE Toggle - Press and release to AEL button to lock exposure. Press and release again to unlock exposure
      Spot AE Hold - Spot metering area is used; AEL must be pressed and held to lock exposure, released to unlock exposure
      Spot AE Toggle - Spot metering area is used; press and release AEL to lock exposure. Press and release again to unlock exposure
  • AF w/ shutter: AF With Shutter Release Button
      On - Autofocus activated when shutter release button is depressed
      Off - AF is not activated by the shutter button; press center AF button of 4-way controller to activate AF
  • Auto AF setup:
      Auto AF - AF system automatically switches from single to continuous AF depending on subject movement
      DMF - Direct Manual Focus. After AF system focuses, it can be adjusted manually


Minolta Maxxum 7D

Custom Menu Section 2:

  • Ctrl dial set: Control-Dial Setup
      SS front, F/no. rear - Front control dial adjusts shutter speed, rear dial adjusts aperture
      F/no. front, SS rear - Front control dial adjusts aperture, rear dial adjusts shutter speed
  • Exp.comp.: Control Dial Exposure Compensation Setup
      Front dial - Front dial controls exposure compensation
      Rear dial - Rear dial controls exposure compensation
      Off
  • Ctrl dial lock: Control-Dial Lock
      On - Exposure can be changed only when AF or exposure systems have been activated
      Off - Exposure can be changed at any time
  • Exp. comp. set: Exposure Compensation Setup
      Ambient&flash - Both ambient and flash exposure controls can be adjusted
      Ambient only - Flash exposure is fixed & only ambient exposure controls adjust the exposure
  • AF illuminator:
      On - Built-in flash fires a few short bursts when raised, or external flash AF illuminator lit to help focus
      Off - AF assistance not active


Minolta Maxxum 7D

Custom Menu Section 3:

  • Shutter lock:
      On - Prevents shutter from opening with no lens attached, avoiding the exposure of the CCD to dust
      Off - Allows shutter to open with no lens attached; use when attaching camera to a microscope or telescope
  • AF area setup:
      Illuminates the AF point for .3 or .6 seconds following autofocus lock, or turns AF point illumination off
  • Monitor disp.: Monitor Display Setup
      Automatic - Viewfinder eye sensor turns the LCD monitor on and off
      Manual - Display button turns the LCD monitor on and off
  • Rec. display: Recording Display Setup
      Auto rotate - Rotates LCD monitor display to vertical when camera is held in portrait orientation
      Horizontal - Fixes LCD monitor display to horizontal
  • AS finder disp: Anti-shake Viewfinder Display Setup
      Turns on or off the anti-shake scale in the viewfinder


Minolta Maxxum 7D

Custom Menu Section 4:

  • ISO button set:
      ISO - ISO button used to set camera sensitivity
      Zone Matching - ISO button used to set High (ISO 250) or Low (ISO 100) Zone Matching for light or dark scenes
  • ISO menu setup:
      Sets selectable ISO range to 100-1600, or 100-3200
  • M set button: M-Set Button Setup
      Memory - Saves camera settings to memory
      Menu shortcut - Calls-up the menu system to a specific setting
  • Custom reset:
      Resets all custom functions to default settings






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