Minolta DiMAGE 7 Review
By Movable Type Admin
Record Modes & Menu Options
Note that all onscreen images and overlay data can be displayed on the EVF or the color
LCD, just flip the display control switch located on the back.
A typical "P"rogram AE record screen after the shutter has been half-pressed to set
the exposure and autofocus. The red rectangle indicates where the multi-area
autofocus has locked and can be manually controlled by setting the focus point
anywhere desired in the frame.
These are all the possible on-screen icons that can be overlayed on the display.
When you look at the specs and see that the minimum focusing distance in macro mode is five inches it doesn't sound very impressive. The macro mode is engaged when the zoom is at the full 200mm position (most cameras use wideangle.)
It is prefered to shoot
macro shots at longer focal lengths, this minimizes the barrel distortion common to
wideangle and allows you to shoot from a comfortable distance without blocking
the light falling on the subject.
In Shutter priority mode you set the shutter speed desired to freeze rapid action or
blur motion and the camera automatically selects the proper aperture setting.
In Aperture priority you set the desired aperture for control of depth of field and
the camera will automatically match the proper shutter speed.
In Manual mode you have control of both the shutter speed and aperture value.
You can manually focus when desired. Press the AF/MF button on the left side
and then turn the ring at the base of the lens. The distance to subject is
displayed in the lower right and to aid in critical focusing, you
can magnify the center of the frame 4x at the push of a button.
In Movie mode you can record up to 60 seconds (per clip) of motion JPEG at 320 x 240
resolution. It is silent though, the camera has no microphone.
Record mode menu:
Metering Mode - Multi-segment, center-weighted or spot
Flash Mode - Fill, Redeye-Reduction or Rear curtain sync
Flash Comp - Flash compensation +/- 2.0
Flashmetering - ADI or Pre-flash TTL modes
Exp Bracket - 0.3, 0.5 or 1.0EV step
Interval - Set the interval timer, 1 to 60 minutes
Frames - Set the # of frames recorded in interval mode
AF/AEL button - Set the function of the AF/AEL button.
Mag Button - Set the function of the Magnify button.
Color mode - Color or black & white
Data imprint - Date/time stamping or serialization
Inst. Playback - Show last image captured, 2 or 10 secs
When using the data imprint option you enter the desired text using this virtual keyboard and the 4-way selector switch.
SETUP menu options:
EVFbrightness - Adjust the EVF brightness
Format - Format the CF card
Power save - 1, 3, 5 or 10 minutes
Beep - Enable the beep tone for buttons
Language - Chose the menu language
Select folder - Select the active image folder
New folder - Create a new image folder
EVF autoSwtch - Enable the EVF auto-on capability
Date/Time set - Set the time and date
Date format - YYYYMMDD, MMDDYYYY, DDMMYYYY
Video output - NTSC or PAL format
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