Minolta DiMAGE 7Hi Review

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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.

These are all the possible on-screen icons that can be overlayed on the display.

A. Focus frame, B. Spot metering, C. AF sensors, D. Flex focus point
1. Microphone (audio recording), 2. Flash mode, 3. Flash signal, 4. Mode indicator,
5. Flash compensation, 6. Filter display, 7. Color saturation, 8. Contrast level,
9. Sharpness, 10. Exposure compensation, 11. White balance, 12. Exposure mode,
13. Metering mode, 14. Shutter speed, 15. Aperture, 16. Camera shake warning (slow shutter speed), 17. ISO sensitivity, 18. Macro focus, 19. Focus signal, 20. Data imprinting, 21. Frame counter, 22. Drive mode, 23. Manual focus, 24. Battery level,
25. Image quality, 26. Image size, 27. Digital zoom, 28. Color mode

Minolta DiMAGE 7Hi

In Program AE mode the camera selects the best combination of both shutter speed and aperture automatically. If you have the "Shift" option enabled you can vary the shutter speed/aperture combinations by rotating the Control Dial. In the bottom right you see the "DMF" icon which indicates that we have enabled the Direct Manual Focusing option. This means that even with auto focus turned on you can turn the manual focusing ring to make critical adjustments. We also have the live Histogram display option enabled.

Minolta DiMAGE 7Hi

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. We have also enabled the "Vivid" color mode as indicated by the screen icon.

Minolta DiMAGE 7Hi

In Aperture priority you set the desired aperture for control of depth of field and the camera will automatically match the proper shutter speed. And this time we have selected the Adobe RGB color space option which is new to the DiMAGE 7Hi. The user can select Vivid sRGB, Natural sRGB or Adobe RGB as well as B&W or Solarize as the color mode.

Minolta DiMAGE 7Hi

In Manual mode you have control of both the shutter speed and aperture value.

Minolta DiMAGE 7Hi

In the Setup menu you can select the desired Display mode options. These options are: Standard display, Focus frame, Histogram, Grid, Scale or Image only. The next frame shows what most of them look like.

Minolta DiMAGE 7Hi

Here you can see the Standard display, Focus frame, Grid and Scale displays.

Minolta DiMAGE 7Hi

When you look at the specs and see that the minimum focusing distance in macro mode is eight inches it doesn't sound very impressive but that's the range when the zoom is at the full 200mm position. The D7Hi lets you engage macro focus at either the full tele or the full wideangle position but does not allow the zoom to be moved once it's in macro mode.

It's prefered to shoot macro pictures 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.

Minolta DiMAGE 7Hi

The new high-speed continuous advance drive mode and a large 64MB SDRAM buffer makes it possible to record at approximately 3 frames per second with 2560 x 1920 full-size images at any quality setting including TIFF or RAW. The Ultra High Speed (UHS) mode captures at 7fps but only in 1280 x 960 (or 640 x 480 digital zoom) image size.

UHS (7fps) continuous advance
1280 x 960 640 x 480
at Digital Zoom
Standard 100 frames 211 frames
Fine 62 frames 150 frames
Extra Fine 32 frames 79 frames

Standard (2fps) continuous advance
2560 x 1920 1600 x 1200 1280 x 960 640 x 480
Standard 17 frames 29 frames 42 frames 84 frames
Fine 10 frames 19 frames 27 frames 61 frames
Extra Fine 7 frames 12 frames 15 frames 33 frames
Super Fine 3 frames 3 frames 3 frames 3 frames
RAW 5 frames - - -
* Actual number of images may vary depending upon subjects and shooting conditions.

Minolta DiMAGE 7Hi

To operate in true Manual Focus mode 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 enlarge the center of the frame 4x by pushing the Magnify button.

Minolta DiMAGE 7Hi

Here's a screen display with all possible EFFECT icons displayed; flash exposure compensation, color, saturation, contrast and exposure compensation are all enabled. And down in the lower right, the drive mode is AE Bracketing as indicated by the three overlapping frames with the number "3" beside.

Minolta DiMAGE 7Hi

In Standard Movie mode you can record up to 60 seconds (per clip) of motion JPEG at 320 x 240 at 15 fps with or without audio. The DiMAGE 7Hi also has Night Movie mode which boosts the gain up and captures in B&W. And UHS (Ultra High Speed) movie mode that captures 640 x 480 at 7fps without audio. And finally Time-lapse Movie mode with selectable resolutions of 2560 x 1920 1600 x 1200, 1280 x 960 or 640 x480 at 4fps without audio.

Minolta DiMAGE 7Hi

Record mode menu:

      AF Mode - Single or Continuous

      Image Size - 2560x1920, 1600x1200, 1280x960, 640x480

      Quality - RAW, Super Fine (TIFF), Extra Fine, Fine, Standard

      Flash Mode - Fill, Redeye-Reduction, Rear sync or Wireless

      Wireless ch - Wireless channel 1, 2, 3 or 4

      Flash control - ADI, Pre-flash TTL, Manual

    Advanced 1

      Spot AF/AEL - Assigns function of the "Spot" button; AF/AE hold, AF/AE toggle, AE hold, AE toggle

      Mag Button - Set function of the Magnify button, digital zoom or viewfinder 4x enlargement for manual focus.

      Interval - Set the interval timer, 1-60 minutes

      Frames - Set the # of frames recorded in interval mode, 2-99 frames

      Interval mode - Still image or Movie

      UHS movie - On or Off

    Advanced 2

      Data imprint - Date, Time stamping, Text or Text+serialization

      Color mode - Vivid sRGB, Natural sRGB, Adobe RGB, B&W or Solarization

      Sharpness - Hard, Normal, Soft

      Exp. bracket - Step value for AE Bracketing; 0.3, 0.5 or 1.0 EV

      Inst. Playback - Show last image captured for 2 or 10 secs or disable

      Voice memo - Off, 5 or 15 seconds

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    When using the data imprint option you enter the desired text using this virtual keyboard and the 4-way selector switch.

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