Digital Imaging Cameras: Minolta

The DiMAGE 7i from Minolta features a 2/3" type CCD image sensor with 5-megapixel effective resolution. It incorporates a 7X zoom apochromatic Minolta GT Lens with two anomalous dispersion glass elements for color accuracy and dual aspherical elements. Combined with a 2X digital zoom, this provides a compact lens design with a wide image capture range. The optical zoom lens range, 7.2 mm-50.8 mm, is equivalent to 28 mm-200 mm in 35 mm. The image formed on the CCD is enhanced by Minolta's CxProcess image processing technology to optimize sharpness, color reproduction, tonal gradation and noise, creating clear and natural images. The wide dynamic range is provided by an improved electro-optical system with 12-bit A/D conversion to ensure natural color and tonal reproduction.

The camera's three-point wide AF system provides fast, accurate focusing, while the Flex Focus Point feature gives users precise control over the focusing area. A Direct Manual Focus makes instant adjustments to the autofocus. The DiMAGE 7i also comes with a new automatic bracketing feature that enhances exposure, contrast and color saturation. Four color modes allow for creative in-camera effects and two continual advance rates that allow the photographer to capture all but the most fleeting action. Minolta Corp., Ramsey, NJ, (201) 825-4000,

This article originally appeared in the 10/01/2002 issue of THE Journal.