Minolta 5000i

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Minolta 5000i
Minolta Maxxum 5000i SLR.jpg
Type 35mm SLR
Lens mount Minolta A-mount
Focus TTL phase detecting autofocus
Exposure Program, Aperture priority, Shutter priority and depth-of-field autoexposure; match-needle manual
6 zone evaluative or 6.5% partial metering
Flash Internal
Dimensions 148×97×65 mm

The Minolta 5000i (also known as the Maxxum 5000i in North America, the Dynax 5000i in Europe, and the α-5700i in Japan) is a 35mm single-lens reflex camera belonging to the second generation of bodies in Minolta's autofocus SLR system, fitting between the cheaper 3000i and the more expensive, semi-pro 7000i,[1] and replacing the 5000. The "i" in the names of the new camera range stood for "intelligence".[2] Like the 7000i, the 5000i supported Minolta's Creative Expansion Cards, plug-in electronic modules that added new functionality to the camera.[2]

The 5000i uses Minolta's second generation wide-area autofocus sensor, giving single-shot autofocus including predictive autofocus on a moving subject; continuous AF is available with the optional Sports Action expansion card. The camera's available exposure modes out of the box were Program (using a 2-area evaluative metering system) and Manual (with a center-weighted averaging meter). Aperture priority and shutter priority are available with the optional A/S Mode expansion card.[2]

Unlike the 7000i, the 5000i includes a built-in flash, rigidly mounted on the pentaprism; Minolta claimed that this was "the world's most compact AF SLR camera with built-in flash".[3] The flash fires automatically in Program mode if the camera determines that the shutter speed will be too low to hand-hold, or that the main subject is backlit.[3] The flash can be turned off if not desired and can be manually selected in Manual mode. The X-sync shutter speed is 1/90 second. A proprietary Minolta flash shoe atop the pentaprism allows the use of dedicated Minolta flashes.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Grundberg, Andy (1989-12-31). "Pastimes; Camera". New York: The New York Times. "The Maxxum 5000i neatly fills the price and features gap between Minolta's well-liked 7000i and 3000i models." 
  2. ^ a b c Michael, McBroom (2000). McBroom's Camera Bluebook. Buffalo, NY: Amherst Media. ISBN 1-58428-013-1. 
  3. ^ a b c Minolta (1989). Maxxum 5000i manual. Minolta Camera Co. Ltd. 

This article was originally based on "Minolta Dynax 5000i" in Camerapedia, retrieved at an unknown date under the GNU Free Documentation License.