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User currently offlinePilatus From Switzerland, joined Aug 1999, 185 posts, RR: 1
Posted (14 years 6 months 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 1944 times:

I'm looking for someone who has experience with the Minolta DiMAGE-7 Digital Camera. How is it compared to the Sony F-707? The Minolta obviously has 7x zoom, and the F-707 5x..... which camera would you recommend me to buy?

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User currently offlineMark2102 From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 350 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (14 years 6 months 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 1871 times:

My dad got one like a month ago and he thinks it is great. He let me use it one time and I thought it was really good. When he printed out the pictures from it, they were very good quality. It is very much like a 35mm. I would recommend the Dimage 7 over the Sony. Very clear pics!!


User currently offlineWietse From Netherlands, joined Oct 2001, 3809 posts, RR: 53
Reply 2, posted (14 years 6 months 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 1869 times:

You seem to base your judgement on the pics seen coming out of your printer. But I ask you: Did you see any pics coming from a Sony F707 roll out of your printer recently?

From all the sample images i've seen, the sony is MUCH sharper and the colors are way more vibrant.

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Wietse de Graaf
User currently offlinePilatus From Switzerland, joined Aug 1999, 185 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (14 years 6 months 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 1852 times:

Hey thanks for the infos, and Wietse, thanks for the excellent link. I'm still comparing, but at the moment I go for the F707.....


User currently offlineTimmsp From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 221 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (14 years 6 months 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 1810 times:

I use the DiMAGE 7 exclusively. The zoom is equivalent to 200 mm at its maximum. If you can get by with that I would strongly recommend it.

I would also strongly recommend getting the 256 meg memory card and also 2 sets of rechargeable batteries.
My local camera shop introduced me to Powerex rechargeable batteries and they are pretty good.

The photos it takes usually only need a little bit of sharpening in photoshop. Every once in awhile you'll get a blurry shot because of the autofocus, which sometimes tries to hunt through the whole focus range when lighting conditions aren't optimal. Other than that, its a great camera.

Tim Ligas

User currently offlineHkg_clk From Hong Kong, joined Jan 2001, 999 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (14 years 6 months 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 1792 times:

I have a Canon Pro90 and before buying it I did briefly consider the Dimage 7. Although I do like the 7's much better resolution and also its lower price, the main problem I had was that even though 7x zoom seems a lot, it is actually only equivalent to a 200m zoom, which can sometimes be a bit of a problem for aviation photography.

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User currently offlineJwenting From Netherlands, joined Apr 2001, 10213 posts, RR: 17
Reply 6, posted (14 years 6 months 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 1790 times:

If you want more than 7x zoom, the Dimage 5 is a better option. It has a 3.3MP CCD (like the Pro90IS) which increases the range to 250mm using the same optics as the Dimage 7.
Other than the CCD, they are (essentially) the same camera.

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