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Minolta DiMAGE-7

Thu Nov 29, 2001 4:56 am

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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RE: Minolta DiMAGE-7

Thu Nov 29, 2001 2:04 pm

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!!

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RE: Minolta DiMAGE-7

Thu Nov 29, 2001 2:12 pm

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.

Chris, you have to judge for yourself, check out http://www.dpreview.com for the best reviews i've ever seen. (thanks Ken  Big thumbs up)

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RE: Minolta DiMAGE-7

Thu Nov 29, 2001 9:52 pm

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.....

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RE: Minolta DiMAGE-7

Mon Dec 03, 2001 12:11 am

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.

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RE: Minolta DiMAGE-7

Mon Dec 03, 2001 11:25 pm

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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RE: Minolta DiMAGE-7

Tue Dec 04, 2001 2:36 am

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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