Minolta DiMAGE 7i 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.

A typical "P"rogram AE record screen, in the center of the screen is the new histogram option which can be toggled on/off in the menu. Another option that can be toggled on/off is Voice Memo that lets you attach a 5 or 15 sec audio "note" with still images.

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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

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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 D7i 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.

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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.

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In Aperture priority you set the desired aperture for control of depth of field and the camera will automatically match the proper shutter speed.

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

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UHS (Ultra High Speed at 7fps) continuous advance (with 1280x960 size images only) or Standard continuous advance at 2fps. UHS and standard continuous advance cannot be used with SuperFine or RAW images.

Approximate number of frames that can be captured at:

UHS continuous advance (7 fps)

Quality | Size 1280x960
Economy ~39 frames
Standard ~31 frames
Fine ~15 frames

Standard continuous advance (2 fps)

Quality | Size 2560x19201600x1201280x960640x480
Economy ~11 frames~17 frames~22 frames~40 frames
Standard ~7 frames~11 frames~16 frames~32 frames
Fine ~4 frames~8 frames~11 frames~23 frames

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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.

Minolta DiMAGE 7i

Here's a screen display of all possible EFFECTS icons enabled; color, saturation, contrast and exposure compensation are all "cranked up."

Minolta DiMAGE 7i

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 7i 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.

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Record mode menu:

      AF Mode - Single or Continuous

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

      Quality - RAW, SuperFine, Fine, Standard, Economy

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

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

      Flash control - ADI, Pre-flash TTL, Full power, 1/4 power, 1/16 power

    Custom 1

      Memory - Memorize 3 different user configurations

      Spot AF/AEL - AF/AE hold, AF/AE toggle, AE hold, AE toggle

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

      Interval - Set the interval timer, 1 to 60 minutes

      Frames - Set the # of frames recorded in interval mode

      Interval mode - Still image or Movie

      UHS movie - On or Off

    Custom 2

      Sharpness - Hard, Normal, Soft

      Data imprint - Date/time stamping or serialization

      Color mode - Vivid color, Natural color, 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, 2 or 10 secs

      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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    SETUP menu options:

        LCDbrightness - Adjust the LCD brightness

        EVFbrightness - Adjust the EVF brightness

        Audio signals - Choose a sound for camera beeps

        Shutter FX - Choose a sound effect for the shutter

        Volume - Adjust the volume of sound effects

        Language - Chose the menu language

      Custom 1

        File#memory - Sequentially number images

        Folder name - Choose the method for creating folder names

        Select folder - Select the active image folder

        New folder - Create a new image folder

        Display mode - Choose what is displayed on the viewfinder; Std display, focus frame, histogram, grid, scale or image only.

        Direct MF - Enable ordisable direct manual focus

      Custom 2

        Reset default - Return all settings to factory default

        EVF autoSwtch - Auto EVF / LCD or EVF auto-on

        Date/Time set - Set the time and date

        Date format - YYYYMMDD, MMDDYYYY, DDMMYYYY

        Video output - NTSC or PAL format

        Power save - 1, 3, 5 or 10 minutes to auto power off

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