Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D Review

Overall 39
Imaging 13
Features 20
Size 70
Price 100

Main Features

  • 6.0 MP APS-C CCD sensor
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • Image Stabilization: Yes
  • ViewFinder: Yes
  • 3.0 fps Continuous Shooting
  • Built-in Wireless: No
  • Dimensions: 150 x 106 x 78 mm
  • Weight: 845 g
  • Environmental Sealing: No
  • Built-in GPS: No
  • Replaced by Konica Sony A700.
  • Also known as Konica Dynax 7D / Alpha-7 Digital

Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D Summary

This review is devoted to Minolta Maxxum 7D that Konica has first introduced to the public in Jan 17, 2005. This model is a Semi-Pro DSLR camera with a resolution of 6.0 MP and a APS-C (23.5 x 15.7 mm) sized CCD sensor.

Konica has replaced this product with their most recent model Sony A700.

In Semi-Pro DSLR cameras (Top 10 DSLR Cameras) this model has taken rank #136 out of 200. Its Overall Score has reached 39/100 and it takes a rank of #972 out of 1174 in all Cameras.

Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D Compared to other DSLR Cameras

Now let's delve into more details of our Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D review by assessing its features and specs, as well as checking what pros and cons it has compared to other average products in this category.

PROs

  • Image Stabilization: Yes
  • Built-In Flash: Yes

CONs

  • Screen Size: 2.5″
  • Viewfinder Coverage: 95
  • Continuous Shooting: 3.0 fps
  • Dxo Dynamic Range: 11.0
  • Dxo Low Light Iso: 613
  • Number Of Focus Points: 9
  • AutoFocus Face Detection: No
  • Wireless Connectivity: No
  • Environmental Sealing: No
  • Battery Life: 400 shots
  • Timelapse Recording: No
  • Storage Slots: 1

Complete Comparison of Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D With Other Cameras in Semi-Pro DSLR Category

In this part of our review, we are going to take a closer look at the technical specs and features presented in Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D. In addition, we are going to define the main pros and cons of this model and, based on this info, compare it to other average Semi-Pro DSLR cameras.

Physical Characteristics Of Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D

Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D has the following external dimensions 150 x 150 x 78 mm (59.06 x 41.73 x 30.71″) with the weight of 845 g.

The typical weight for average Semi-Pro DSLR type cameras is 783g. If we compare the average indicator to the weight of Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D, we can conclude that this model is heavier than many other similar products.

Talking about the camera’s thickness, it is worth saying that Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D is wider than other average cameras from this class. Its thickness is 78mm.

Look at the pictures below to see the front and top view of Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D with the indication of this model’s dimensions:

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If you want to have a better idea of how big the Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D is, look at the pictures below to see how big it is compared to a credit card and a AA type battery.

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Finally, let's check how different are the weight and thickness of the Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D compared to other models from this class of cameras presented by the brand’s competitors:

Battery

Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D — 400 shots
Min: 390 shots
Average: 871 shots
Max: 1840 shots

Thickness

Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D — 78 mm
Min: 64 mm
Average: 75 mm
Max: 86 mm

Weight

Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D — 845 g
Min: 479 g
Average: 783 g
Max: 1074 g

Unfortunately, Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D comes without a waterproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and avoid water.

Unfortunately, Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D comes without a dustproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and protect your camera from external threats such as dust.

Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D Photo and Sensor Features

Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D boasts of a resolution of 6.0 MP and is equipped with a APS-C (23.5 x 15.7 mm) sized CCD sensor.

The base of Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D has the following ISO range 100 - 3200 .

Also, this model comes with the support of the RAW file. This gives you more opportunities in terms of further processing of your files as you can pick to save them in a RAW format.

Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D features a 6.0 MP APS-C sensor, which is not a good pick for high-quality and detailed pictures. However, we have an alternative option for you if you were looking for higher resolution.

DxOMark Sensor Scores

DxOMark gives us a possibility to make a clear and scientific assessment of the quality of camera sensors’ image. Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D, in its turn, features a sensor that was already studied and assessed by DxO Mark. After a complete evaluation, this type of sensor has received a score of 58 for the image quality. If you are looking to see how DxO Mark has tested and evaluated the Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D’s sensor.

Anti-Aliasing Filter

Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D is known for the lack of anti-alias (Low-pass) filter. It is one of its essential features of the sensor built in this model. The absence of this filter contributes to a higher level of details and sharpness in the pictures you take. Yet, the lack of an anti-alias filter also enhances the possibility of more occurring in certain conditions.

Now let’s check how we can compare the size of APS-C sensor featured in Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D with other standard sensor sizes.

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Other Characteristics And Features of Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D

LCD and ViewFinder

Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D is equipped with a Fixed Type 2.5" LCD screen. The resolution of this model’s screen reaches 207k dots.

In addition, this model comes with a built-in Optical (pentaprism) ViewFinder.

The ViewFinder in Minolta Maxxum 7D has quite nice characteristic. Its magnification ratio is 0.6x and it also provides a coverage of 95%.

Some of the main reasons why the OVF presented in this model is a handy tool are that it allows you to see a scene without any time lag or resolution limits. Besides, it also ensures the highest level of clarity that can be elaborated by the lens and the human eye. Who can benefit from this feature? The OVF is especially handy when shooting sports events. This smart system will allow photographers to see action instantly and figure out what is the right timing for capturing a specific moment.

Max Shutter speed

Some of the other highlights of Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D are its 3.0 fps max speed and 1/4000 sec max shutter speed, which allow you to shoot continuously.

Flash

Minolta Maxxum 7D features both an embedded flash and a flash shoe, which means that you can use both built-in and external flashes depending on your needs.

Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D is not equipped with any ports that would allow you to connect external headphones and microphones to it.

Connectivity and Storage

You can connect Minolta Maxxum 7D to compatible devices via USB 2.0 port.

Battery Life

In concordance with generally accepted CIPA standards, the battery featured in Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D provides a shooting life of 400, while the average battery life of cameras in this class is 871 shots.

With the commonly accepted standards in mind, we can conclude that Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D is above the average indicator of battery life. However, we believe it is still a great idea to grab a few extra batteries if you are planning long photo trips.

How Good is Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D for Different Types of Photography?

In this part of our review, we are going to focus on Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D’s performance in various fields of photography. Each sub-section stands for a specific photography area. In every part, we will review Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D’s name performance and give it an overall score. This first spider web graph indicates how we can compare the Minolta Maxxum 7D to the average DSLR camera.

Hover your mouse over the points to see the score details for each photography type.

Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D for Portrait Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D performs Portrait Photography, we gave it a score of 81. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D can be called a Great model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Portrait Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Portrait Photography.

Advantages:

  • Large APS-C (23.5 x 15.7 mm) sensor
  • Image Stabilization

Disadvantages:

No Significant Disadvantages


Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D for Street Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D performs Street Photography, we gave it a score of 69. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D can be called a Strong model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Built-in View Finder
  • Image Stabilization
  • Large APS-C(23.5 x 15.7 mm) sensor

Disadvantages:

  • Big size (150 x 106 x 78 mm)
  • Small Number of autofocus Points (9)

Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D for Sports Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D performs Sports Photography, we gave it a score of 75. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D can be called a 75 model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Big size (150 x 106 x 78 mm)

Disadvantages:

  • Slow Continuous Shooting (3.0 fps)
  • No Environmental Sealing
  • Slow Max Shutter Speed (1/4000s)
  • Smal Number of autofocus Points (9)
  • Bad Low Light ISO (613)
  • Small battery life (400 shots)

Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D for Daily Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D performs Daily Photography, we gave it a score of 86. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D can be called a Great model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Large APS-C (23.5 x 15.7 mm) sensor
  • Built-in Flash
  • Built-in View Finder

Disadvantages:

  • Big weight (845 g)
  • Big size (150 x 106 x 78 mm)
  • Video is not available

Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D for Landscape Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D performs Landscape Photography, we gave it a score of 68. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D can be called a 68 model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Landscape Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Landscape Photography.

Advantages:

  • Large APS-C (23.5 x 15.7 mm) sensor
  • RAW Support

Disadvantages:

  • Low resolution sensor (6 MP)
  • Bad Dynamic Range (11.0)
  • No Environmental Sealing
  • Bad Low Light ISO (613)

Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D Detailed Specs

General
Brand Konica
Model Minolta Maxxum 7D
Announced Jan 17, 2005
Body Type Mid-size SLR
Lens
Manual Focus Yes
Lens Mount Sony/Minolta Alpha
Number of Lenses 141
Focal Length Multiplier 1.5x
Macro Focus Range
Screen
Screen Type Fixed Type
Screen Size 2.5″
Screen Resolution 207k dots
Live View No
Touch Screen No
ViewFinder
ViewFinder Optical (pentaprism)
ViewFinder Resolution 0k dots
ViewFinder Coverage 95%
ViewFinder Magnification 0.6
Photography Features
Min Shutter Speed 30 s
Max Shutter Speed 1/4000 s
Continuous Shooting 3.0 fps
Shutter Priority Yes
Aperture Priority Yes
Manual Exposure Mode Yes
Exposure Compensation Yes
Custom White Balance Yes
Image Stabilization Yes
Built-in Flash Yes
Flash Range
Flash Modes Auto, Fill-in, Red-Eye reduction, Slow Sync
External Flash Yes
AE Bracketing No
WB Bracketing No
Exposure Modes
Multi-Segment No
Average No
Spot No
Partial No
AF-Area No
Center Weighted No
DxO Sensor Scores
DxO Sensor Scores 58
DxO Color Depth 21.2
DxO Dynamic Range 11.0
DxO Low Light ISO 613
Sensor
Sensor Type CCD
Sensor Size APS-C
Sensor Dimensions 23.5 x 15.7 mm
Sensor Area 368.95 mm2
Sensor Resolution 6.0 MP
Max Image Resolution 3008 x 2000
Max Native ISO 3,200
Max Boosted ISO n/a
Min Native ISO 100
RAW Support Yes
AutoFocus
AF Touch No
AF Continuous Yes
AF Single Yes
AF Tracking No
AF Selective Yes
AF Center No
AF Multi Area Yes
AF Live View No
AF Face Detection No
AF Contrast Detection No
AF Phase Detection Yes
Number of Focus Points 9
Number of Cross Focus Points n/a
Video Features
Video Resolutions n/a
Max Video Resolution
Video Formats n/a
Microphone Port No
Headphone Port No
Connectivity
Wireless Connectivity No
HDMI No
USB USB 2.0
Physical
Environmental Sealing No
Water Proof No
Dust Proof No
Shock Proof No
Crush Proof No
Freeze Proof No
Weight 845 g
Physical Dimensions 150 x 106 x 78 mm
Battery Life 400 shots
Battery Type 400 shots
Battery Model NP-400
Other Features
Self Timer Yes
Timelapse Recording No
GPS
Storage Type Compact Flash (Type I or II)
Storage Slots 1

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