Konica Minolta Maxxum 5D SLR Review

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Konica Minolta MAXXUM 5D

Review posted 10/05/2005

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The Konica Minolta MAXXUM 5D (called the Dynax 5D in other market areas) digital Single Lens Reflex (SLR) camera is a 6.1-million-pixel, interchangeable lens digital camera. This high-performance interchangeable-lens digital SLR camera inherits the revolutionary technology of the award winning Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D - the world's first digital SLR with built-in Anti-Shake technology and CCD Shift mechanism that is compatible with all Maxxum autofocus (AF) lenses including Konica Minolta's recently introduced Digital Technology "DT" lenses.

The Maxxum 5D combines Konica Minolta's advanced technologies and greater ease of use into an even smaller and more lightweight design. The Maxxum 5D enhances camera reliability through its strong build quality. The body is constructed using sturdy glass fiber plastic, making it lighter and smaller than the Maxxum 7D by about 22% in volume. Rubberized grips make it highly tactile and easy to handle and hold. The camera's high-performance functions will satisfy the demanding and creative techniques of photography enthusiasts and its ease of use and familiar lever and knob operation makes it ideal even for casual digital photographers looking for their first step up to digital SLR photography.

The Maxxum 5D ensures photo-imaging excellence using Konica Minolta's proprietary Anti-Shake Technology, which employs an exclusive CCD-Shift mechanism to compensate for blurring caused by camera shake - even when taking photos in dimly lit scenes, in natural light with a telephoto lens, or in macro shots where extra stability is vital for a sharp shot. This innovative Anti-Shake Technology not only provides the equivalent correction effect with a shutter speed 2 to 3 stops slower, but also compatibility with any Maxxum system AF lenses.

The Maxxum 5D provides exceptional quality images with a large, 6.1-megapixel (effective) CCD sensor, an Advanced LSI engine for high-speed image processing, as well as Konica Minolta's CxProcess™ III image processing technology, an original technology highly acclaimed for rendering fine image detail and stunning color rendition. Offering a better view for better pictures, the camera also boasts a large 2.5-inch color LCD viewing screen that provides simple navigation through easy-to-use on-screen menus and set-up options. The LCD makes camera control even easier, displaying detailed camera settings as well as captured images.

For even greater convenience and ease of use, the Maxxum 5D includes a Digital Subject Program Selector which automatically designates an optimum exposure and image- processing program for five commonly used photo scenes. The Maxxum 5D also offers a comprehensive range of easy-to-use functions that allow precision adjustments of all camera settings whatever the shooting situation.

MAXXUM/Dynax 5D Features

  • Minolta-A bayonet lens mount, 1.5x focal magnifier
  • 6-megapixel CCD sensor for images up to 3008 x 2000 pixels
  • CCD-Shift Anti-shake system with LED indicator in viewfinder
  • 95% coverage viewfinder with pentaprism and interchangeable focusing screens
  • Recording choice of 3 levels of JPEG, RAW, or RAW plus Fine JPEG
  • 9-point AF sensor array with high-precision Predictive Focus Control and high-speed Subject Tracking
  • Adobe RGB and sRGB color space selection
  • Image adjustments: Contrast, Color saturation, Sharpness
  • Shooting modes: Full-auto, Programmed AE, Aperture priority, Shutter priority, metered Manual and 5 Scene modes
  • TTL metering: 14-segment honeycomb-pattern, Center-weighted or spot metering
  • White Balance: Auto, six presets and Manual color temperature (2500-9900°K in 100° increments).
  • Capture up to 10 frames at 3 frames per second (in Fine JPEG mode)
  • Shutter speeds: 30 to 1/4,000 seconds, 1/160 sec. flash sync
  • AE bracketing with 3 frames or White Balance bracketing
  • 2.5 inch, color TFT LCD, 115,000 pixels, adjustable brightness
  • Playback histogram, up to 5x image zoom, 4/9/16-thumbnail index
  • ISO Range: 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600 and 3200 (with ISO speed extension)
  • Built-in TTL popup flash with red-eye reduction.
  • Hot shoe for Minolta Program Flash
  • CompactFlash Type II card slot, Microdrive and FAT32 compatible
  • USB 2.0 (full speed) interface for image downloads
  • Video Out with selectable NTSC or PAL timing
  • Powered by NP-400 Li-ion battery pack, rapid charger included
  • Exif Print, PRINT Image Matching II, PictBridge compatible

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Konica Minolta MAXXUM 5D, image (c) 2004 Steve's Digicams

Konica Minolta MAXXUM 5D, image (c) 2004 Steve's Digicams

Konica Minolta MAXXUM 5D, image (c) 2004 Steve's DigicamsKonica Minolta MAXXUM 5D, image (c) 2004 Steve's Digicams

Konica Minolta MAXXUM 5D, image (c) 2004 Steve's Digicams

Konica Minolta MAXXUM 5D, image (c) 2004 Steve's Digicams

Konica Minolta MAXXUM 5D, image (c) 2004 Steve's Digicams

Compare the size of the Maxxum 5D and the Olympus E-300 Evolt

Konica Minolta MAXXUM 5D, image (c) 2004 Steve's Digicams

Compare the size of the Maxxum 5D and the Pentax ist DS

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MAXXUM 5D Specifications

Number of effective pixels Approx. 6.1 million
CCD 23.5mm x 15.7mm interline primary-color, interlace scan with a total of approx. 6.3 million pixels, 3:2 aspect ratio
Camera sensitivity AUTO and 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600 and 3200 ISO equivalents
Lens Mount Minolta A-type bayonet
1.5x focal length multiplier
Recording media CompactFlash Type I and Type II, Microdrives
Storage capacity
(512MB CF card)
RAW53 frames - -
RAW+JPEG39 frames44 frames48 frames
Extra fine82 frames145 frames314 frames
Fine163 frames282 frames584 frames
Standard277 frames470 frames926 frames
File format JPEG, RAW, DCF2.0 compliant, DPOF (ver. 1.1), Exif 2.21
Number of recorded pixels 3008 x 2000, 2256 x 1496, 1504 x 1000
Image quality Standard, Fine, Extra-fine, RAW, RAW+JPEG (Fine)
Autofocus system Through-the-lens (TTL) phase-detection system, CCD line sensors (9 points, 8 lines with center cross-hair sensor)
Autofocus area 9-Point Wide Focus Area
Focus area is selectable between Wide focus area and Spot focus areas with Focus Area Selection
Focus modes Single-shot AF, Continuous AF (with predictive focus control), Automatic AF
DMF is selectable in menu. Auto tracking focus point display
Focusing sensitivity EV-1 - EV18 (ISO 100)
AF illuminator Available (with pre-flash) 3.3-16.4 ft. (1.0-5.0m)
White-balance control Automatic, Preset (Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Flash), Custom, Color temperature (2500-9900°k with 19-step magenta/green compensation)
Exposure metering TTL metering using 14-segment honeycomb-pattern SPC (14-segment Honeycomb-pattern/Center-weighted/Spot metering)
Metering range: EV 1 - 20 (EV 4 - 20 in spot metering)
* at ISO100 with f/1.4 lens
Shutter Type: Electronically-controlled, vertical-traverse, focal-plane
Shutter Range: 30-1/4000 second, Bulb
Flash sync speed: 1/160 second (with Anti-shake OFF), 1/125 second (with Anti-shake ON)
Noise reduction: Available (at shutter speed longer than 1 second, ON/OFF selectable)
Anti-Shake CCD-Shift Anti-shake system with LED indicator in viewfinder
Anti-shake effect: Equivalent to 2 - 3 steps in shutter speed
(Actual effect varies depending on shooting conditions and the lens used.)
Exposure mode P/Full-auto program (Programmed AE with program shift), A (Aperture priority), S (Shutter priority), M (Manual) and Portrait, Sports Action, Landscape, Sunset and Night Portrait Digital Subject Programs
Drive modes Single, Continuous, 10 seconds/2 seconds self-timer, Single bracket, Continuous bracket

Continuous advance: Approximately 3 frames per second, Maximum of 10 frames (JPEG), 5 frames (RAW), 3 frames (RAW+JPEG)

Exposure Bracketing: 3 frames with 0.3 or 0.7 EV increments

Color mode Natural, Natural Plus, Portrait, Landscape, Sunset, Night View, Night Portrait, Black & White, Adobe RGB, Embedded Adobe RGB. Except for Adobe RGB and Embedded Adobe RGB, all other color modes use the sRGB color space.
Image adjustments Contrast, Color saturation, Sharpness, Hue (5 levels)
Exposure compensation ±2 EV with 1/3 EV step
Exposure bracketing 0.3/0.7 EV increments; Number of brackets: 3 frames
Flash Flash metering: ADI, Pre-flash TTL control
Guide number: 12 (in meters at ISO 100), 17 (in meters ISO 200)
Coverage: 24mm
Recycling time: Approximately 3 seconds
Control: Manual switchover. Lift-up for Fill Flash, push down for Flash Cancel.
Flash modes: Fill Flash, Flash Cancel, Red-eye Reduction (pre-flash), Wireless/Remote Off-camera Flash, High Speed Sync.
Flash compensation: ±2 EV in 1/3 EV increments
External flash Program Flash 5600HS(D), 3600HS(D)
Viewfinder Type: Eye-level with roof mirror pentaprism
Focusing screen: Spherical Acute Matte (G-type as standard)
Field of view: Approximately 95%
Magnification: 0.83x (with 50mm lens focused on infinity)
Diopter control: -2.5 to + 1.0 m-1
Eye-relief: 20mm from the eyepiece, 16mm from the eyepiece frame in -1 m-1
LCD monitor 2.5-inch low-temperature polysilicon TFT color with anti-reflection coating. Total pixels: 115,000 (approx.)
Playback Navigation system: (Enlarged display, Automatic rotate function)
Number of frame/s displayed: 1, Index (4, 9, 16 selectable)
Display mode: Image only, Image + text, Image + text + histogram
Enlarged playback (Up to approximately 5x), Luminance limit Display, File browser, Slideshow, Instant bracket playback
Self-timer Approx. 10 seconds / 2 seconds
Printing output control Exif Print, PRINT Image Matching II, PictBridge
Interface USB: Full-Speed with a USB 2.0 compatible computer, Video output NTSC / PAL (selected on the camera)
Supported Operating Systems Windows 98*, Windows 98 Second Edition*, Windows Me, Windows 2000 Professional, Windows XP (Home / Professional), Mac OS 9.0 - 9.2.2, Mac OS X v.10.1.3 -10.1.5, v.10.2.1 - 10.2.8, v.10.3 - 10.3.5

*Users with Windows 98 and Windows 98 Second Edition operating systems must install dedicated driver software included in the DiMAGE Viewer CD-ROM.
Power One NP-400 Li-ion rechargeable battery
Condition indication: 4-stage indicator when camera is turned on
External power: 6V DC with adapter AC-11
Life: Approx. 550 frames w/flash, 700 frames w/out flash
(W x H x D)
5.1 x 3.6 x 2.6 inches
130.5 x 92.5 x 66.5mm
Weight 20.8 ounces (590g) (without batteries and recording media)
Operating temperature 32-104 °F (0 - 40 °C)
(Specifications as provided by the manufacturer)

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