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Old 10-30-2002, 06:30 PM   #1
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Minolta DiMAGE 7 camera




Perhaps I can make a contribution to this Forum, in return for all the help I have gotten here!

I just bought a Minolta DiMAGE 7 digital camera, and I would like to share my findings. I hope to use it to generate reference photos for portraiture, and to digitize my paintings for web use.

The DiMAGE is a 5.2 megapixel camera with 7X zoom lens (equals 28-200mm zoom in 35mm film.) It can be as automatic or as manual as you like. To find out more about the strengths and weaknesses of the camera, here is a comparison review between the DiMAGE 7 and Nikon 990, prepared by a person who has owned both.
DiMAGE 7 - Nikon 990 comparison

Why did I choose this camera? I walked into London Drugs to browse the digitals, and this was their last floor model of the now-discontinued DiMAGE 7. It had been priced down to $1100 CDN, then the manager dropped it to $900 CDN (about $600 US) to get me to take it. This camera has one major shortcoming that I'm aware of. It uses lots of batteries. As far as I can tell at this time, you get about 1 hour of picture-taking and uploading on a charge. That can be frustrating.

The largest image the camera can generate is 1920 x 2560 pixels. Here is a photo I took today of my wife Dolly at full resolution. I shrunk it so you can see the whole picture, but the following message will have a close-up cropped from the full-sized shot.
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