The following material is from the Konica-Minolta press release concerning the
Maxxum 7D (known as the Dynax 7D outside the USA).
The World's first*1 Digital SLR camera with revolutionary, body-integral,
Konica Minolta is delighted to unveil the Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D. This
groundbreaking 6.1 Megapixels resolution, interchangeable lens digital camera is
the World's first digital SLR to contain a body integral CCD-Shift, "Anti-Shake"
(camera shake compensation) technology that enhances picture quality, performance
and improved handling characteristics.
The Maxxum 7D is compatible with the full range* of Maxxum AF lenses.
The Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D is an interchangeable lens digital SLR camera
that inherits many of the high specifications and much of the Award winning
performance from the Maxxum Series SLR cameras.
Introduced in 1985, the Minolta 7000; the first 35mm film SLR with body
integrated AF system designed to use interchangeable AF lenses.
The new model's high technological standards and heritage make it an intensely
The Maxxum 7D is a digital SLR created using a broad range of sophisticated
photographic technologies each developed with years of camera making experience
The unique built-in CCD-Shift type "Anti-Shake" technology endows the new
camera the first digital SLR to feature body-integral Anti-Shake function. The
key benefit of Anti-Shake is it can support all Maxxum AF lenses. *2 Anti-Shake
technology allows photography with reduced blur due to camera shake, even when
shooting dimly lit scenes or when using telephoto lenses and shooting macro
subjects without the aid of flash or a tripod.
Other key contributors to the new camera's performance are its 6.1 million
effective pixels, housed on an APS-C size CCD and the Konica Minolta proprietary
CxProcess™ III image processing technology, that delivers high definition,
natural looking images.
High speed image processing is achieved through the all new Advanced LSI
Engine, designed to help provide fast data handling for improved camera
responsiveness and control.
The camera also sports a large, easy to view, high definition, 2.5-inch color
LCD monitor housed on its rear panel. The large screen provides a large clear
display for menu navigation and image display. It also displays relevant shooting
information and camera settings.
In keeping with its acclaimed Maxxum film SLR counterpart the Maxxum 7D
inherits a similar, simple to use Mode Dial and Lever Operation system. To
enhance handling further the new model also features a superbly bright, easy to
view, high performance optical viewfinder.
In addition, the new digital SLR offers a comprehensive function set designed
to meet a diverse range of photographic challenges and user needs. The Konica
Minolta Maxxum 7D is complemented by a broad range of Maxxum accessories that
offers photographers a complete system back up.
1. World's first*1 digital SLR to be equipped with a body
integral, CCD-Shift camera shake compensation. Anti-Shake technology that
supports all genuine Maxxum interchangeable AF lenses. *2
2. Excellent picture quality derived from a high resolution
6.1 million pixels (effective) APS-C size CCD and original CxProcess™ III
image processing technology
3. A large easy to view 2.5-inch high-definition color LCD
monitor that combines menu navigation with image and data display.
4. Combines simple operation in a stylish, compact package
inheriting the product ideals of the Maxxum range of film SLRs. Versatile imaging
functions designed to satisfy any photographer's needs, whether they are an
amateur or enthusiast.
5. Excellent system back up and accessories to cater to a
broad range of subject genres and conditions.
Maxxum 7D Features
1. The World’s first*1 digital SLR with body integral
Anti-Shake Technology and CCD-Shift Mechanism. Providing simple compatibility
with Maxxum A Mount optics and allowing all Maxxum interchangeable AF lenses to
2. Konica Minolta award winning Anti-Shake technology has
been selected as “European Photo Innovation of the Year 2004 –
2005” by EISA*4 and provides an equivalent correction effect*3 allowing the
use of a shutter speed 2 - 3 steps slower.
Now it’s possible to reduce blur caused by camera shake. Even when
taking photos in dimly lit or twilight scenes or in natural light with a
telephoto lens, as well as macro shots – without relying on a higher ISO
setting, the aid of a flash or tripod.
Anti-Shake responds quickly to both broad, low velocity slow-swaying motion of
the camera body and the higher frequency movement typical of camera shake caused
by a photographer’s muscle.
The Anti-Shake technology can be switched on or off via a dedicated switch on
the camera’s back. When activated an Anti-Shake indicator is displayed in
the viewfinder to keep the user informed how much shake is being detected.
3. Consistently high picture quality is ensured by the 6.1
Million (effective) pixel APS-C size CCD, the unique CxProcess™ III image
processing technology. This is delivered by a combination of Konica
Minolta’s expertise in photosensitive materials and exposure control
technologies. Each is integrated here in this new model to ensure superb picture
quality and to help make the most of any attached Maxxum AF lens.
• A large 6.1 Million effective pixel APS-C size CCD allows shooting of
high-resolution images that have a wide dynamic range but with reduced noise, in
highlight and shadows.
• A newly developed Advanced LSI image processing engine designed for the
Maxxum 7D enables high-speed processing of large quantities of data and has been
designed to improve image processing at high-sensitivity settings, ensuring
reduced image noise while retaining high picture quality. This combination also
helps ensure a handling response similar to the smooth shooting rhythm associated
with 35mm film SLRs.
• CxProcess™ III is a Konica Minolta original, image processing
technology designed to provide impressive and natural looking images.
CxProcess™ III achieves these stunning, natural looking images by
integrating a broad range of photographic technologies gained from the Konica
Minolta experience in this area. It ensures clear and crisp pictures, natural
skin tones and packs in detail ideal for recording faithfully landscapes or macro
4. A large, easy to view monitor that works as both the menu
Navigation Display and Image Review Screen.
• Easy to view 2.5-inch High Definition LCD Monitor mounted on the
camera’s back-plate is the large, easy to view 2.5-inch, high resolution
207,000-pixel color monitor. It quickly and clearly displays captured shots for
fast image appraisal. Image histogram data can be overlaid without obscuring the
displayed image Thanks to its large size, it can also display up to a 16-frame
thumbnail index display.
• Menu and Navigation Display
The LCD monitor works as a Navigation Display allowing seamless operation with
clear and concise camera settings displayed with comprehensive shooting
information, indicated with large and easy to read text. Aiding ease of use
further, the display automatically switches from horizontal to vertical format
when shooting in the upright “portrait” format.
5. Simple operation and a stylish design ethos inherits
design features and ease of use from its Maxxum 7, 35mm film SLR camera
• Intuitive Operation with Mode Dial and Lever System
The new model inherits the dial and lever operation system from the Maxxum 7,
a system highly regarded by owners or its user-friendliness. It offer’s
intuitive operation making it particularly familiar to users moving up to the new
digital model from the silver halide SLR predecessor. The exposure compensation
dial and easy to use exposure mode dial is also inherited from the Maxxum 7,
making it familiar and helping users respond quickly to changing shooting
conditions or rapidly changing picture opportunities. A separate white balance
lever is provided for fast white balance control, enhancing ease of use even
• Easy to view High Performance Viewfinder
A spherical acute matte focusing screen is used in the viewfinder for
accurate, bright, critical focusing assessment. The new model incorporates an
optical glass pentaprism viewfinder with 0.9X Magnification Factor and 95% Field
of View for easy scene assessment and composition.
• Highly Durable and Reliable Magnesium Alloy Body The Maxxum 7D has a
robust build quality due to its magnesium alloy front body panel and base. The
tough build also enhances camera reliability.
6. Enhanced shooting functions and versatile control designed
to satisfy photographic enthusiast and amateur users.
• High Performance - High Speed AF
The new model incorporates a central cross hair type 9-point and 8-line AF
sensor array. This provides high precision AF and high performance subject
tracking of moving subjects within the frame. The AF system enables both
Predictive Focus Control and Subject Tracking for high speed focus adjustment of
moving subjects making it ideal for capturing fleeting moments or use in sports
• RAW+JPEG Simultaneous Recording
You can choose to shoot either JPEG or RAW images or both combined with the
simultaneous RAW + JPEG Dual-format Capture Mode for improved post-shoot
• High-Speed Continuous Advance and Image Processing with Large Capacity
The new model allows high speed continuous shooting of up to 9 consecutive
frames at up to 3-frames per second in both RAW or RAW+JPEG modes due to the
inclusion of a high capacity image buffer. Additionally it also allows continuous
shooting of up to twelve 3008x2000 JPEG images at the extra-fine image-quality
setting and fifteen JPEG images the same size at the fine image-quality setting.
These high-speed shooting capabilities are ideal for capturing momentary
expressions, sports or fleeting action shots, while retaining high picture
• Comprehensive Image Adjustment and Control for Creative Picture
a) Image correction: 5-step fine control adjustment for sharpness, contrast,
color saturation and hue.
b) White balance (WB) setting: In addition to the auto mode the new camera has
six presets for WB plus a custom mode for precise white balance settings in
difficult lighting conditions. This model also features numerical setting for
color temperature which gives photographers a higher degree of color temperature
matching. Fine-tuning is possible over a range from 2500K to 9900K in 100K
increments providing a broader range than with the Auto White
Balance or Preset White Balance alone. This feature also allows precise
control when directly input from accurate measurements calculated by the Konica
Minolta Colormeter IIIF.
c) Zone Matching: A new technology that allows the precise reproduction of
tonal gradations in highlights and shadows; essential in difficult shooting
conditions with predominant highlights and helps ensure noise free lowlight
images. The Zone Matching system permits effective control of high and low key
tone capture; the former important for highlight capture in shots such as white
of a of wedding dress; the latter for low light situations.
7. A wide variety of system accessories are also
available adding versatility for all shooting styles and adding flexibility for
any photographer’s needs.
• The dedicated VC-7D Vertical Control Grip for Maxxum 7D
connects to the camera body and provides a reassuringly firm grip on the camera.
It enhances, upright camera control and overall ease of use, particularly for
portrait format shots.
a) Comfortable operation and handling for vertical shooting
The VC-7D’s sure-hold grip gives confident handling characteristics. The
grip has a dedicated shutter-release button, front and rear control dials, AF/MF
control button, AE lock button and AF area selector button, thereby delivering
comfortable and reassuring handling characteristics to the camera in either
horizontal or vertical shooting situations.
b) Dual lithium-ion batteries can be inserted and used in tandem
The VC-7D allows two lithium-ion batteries to be used simultaneously for an
enhanced power supply. This allows photographers to take advantage of shooting
many more images without worrying about recharging batteries.
c) AA batteries can also be used
Adding still more versatility, high capacity AA Ni-MH batteries can also be
• A broad range of Maxxum system accessories are available including
D-Series flash units, remote cords and an angle viewfinder. The D-Series flash
and D-Series lenses, which include built-in focus distance calculation, the new
model gives improved exposure accuracy. Combined with high-precision ADI flash
metering the camera provides high-precision lighting control that answers the
most demanding and diverse needs.
• DiMAGE Master is optional software to improve creative workflow for
advanced users. Diversified tools for classifying and comparing images boost work
efficiency in of selecting the best shots. A newly developed RAW processing
program enables more accurate color reproduction.
*1) As an interchangeable lens digital SLR camera
*2) Use of Anti-Shake with some specialist lenses may be subject to particular
*3) Anti-Shake picture blur correction effect amount varies with shooting
conditions and lenses used.
*4) The European Imaging and Sound Association who publish 50 major
photography and AV
magazines in 20 European countries.
About Konica Minolta Photo Imaging
Konica Minolta Photo Imaging Europe GmbH is a leading provider of consumer and
commercial photographic materials, photographic equipment such as analogue and
digital cameras, and measuring instruments. With operative bases in 14 countries
in Europe the company covers the three business areas of photo imaging, cameras
and measuring. Konica Minolta Photo Imaging Europe is a subsidiary of Konica
Minolta Photo Imaging, Inc., headquartered in Tokyo, Japan. With a total
workforce of 7,200 employees world wide, Konica Minolta Photo Imaging is aiming
for net sales of € 2.1 billion in fiscal 2006. Building on its strong core
of optical technologies developed over many years as a camera manufacturer,
Konica Minolta Photo Imaging aims to be a corporation offering products and
services that are essential to all areas of digital imaging.
Terms and product names may be trademarks or registered trademarks of their
respective holders and are hereby acknowledged.
Digital SLR camera with built-in flash and interchangeable
Minolta A-type bayonet mount
Interline primary color CCD (23.7 mm x 15.6 mm) with
6 V DC (with specified AC adapter AC-11), Vertical Control
Grip VC-7D (possible to adopt two NP-400 batteries, or six AA size Ni-MH
Approx. 150 mm x 106 mm x 77.5 mm / 5.9 in. x 4.2 in. x 3.1
Approx. 760 g / 26.8 oz. * without batteries and recording
IBM PC / AT compatible computers: Windows Me, Windows 2000
Professional, Windows XP (Home / Professional), Windows 98, or Windows 98 Second
Apple Macintosh computers:Mac OS 9.0 – 9.2.2, Mac OS
X v.10.1.3 – 10.1.5, v.10.2.1 – 10.2.8, v.10.3 – 10.3.5.
Number of frames recorded according to image quality and size
Image quality mode
No. of recorded pixels
File size (approx.)
(w. 256 MB CF Card )
RAW + JPEG
Image quality mode
No. of recorded pixels
File size (approx.)
(w. 256 MB CF Card )
L : 3008 x 2000, M: 2256 x 1496, S: 1504 x 1000
The actual number of frames may vary according to the subject and media
The computer and operating system must be guaranteed by their manufacturers
to support USB interface.
Users with Windows 98 and Windows 98 Second Edition operating systems must
install dedicated driver software included in the DiMAGE Viewer CD-ROM.
Inherent limitations in current LCD manufacturing technology may result in
the appearance of one or more light or dark pixels in the LCD monitor. Such light
or dark pixels do not affect overall performance or camera operation and are not
indicative of monitor damage.
Specifications and accessories are subject to change without notice.
Problems may be encountered when other USB devices are being used in parallel
with this product.
Only a built-in USB port is supported. Problems may be encountered when the
camera is connected to a USB hub.
The Konica Minolta logo and "The essentials of imaging" are trademarks or
registered trademarks of Konica Minolta Holdings, Inc.
MAXXUM and CxProcess are trademarks or registered trademarks of Konica
Minolta Photo Imaging, Inc.
Windows is a registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation in the United
States and other countries.
Apple, Macintosh and Mac OS are trademarks of Apple Computer, Inc.,
registered in the U.S. and other countries.
All other brand and product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of
their respective owners.
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