Minolta Dimage 7 series

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Minolta Dimage 7i

The Minolta Dimage 7, 7i, 7Hi series is a "pro-sumer" line of digital electronic viewfinder cameras from Minolta. These are also known as bridge digital cameras. They are capable of capturing images in the 5 megapixel range.

The Dimage 7 was announced 11 February 2001.[1] The line uses a 2588 x 1960 pixel sensor coupled with a permanently attached optical 28-200mm (35mm equivalent) f/2.8W - f/3.5T zoom lens with a macro switch (16 elements in 13 groups, includes two AD glass elements and two aspheric elements)

The Dimage 7/7i/7Hi series cameras were powered with four AA batteries, which discharged quickly; the 7-series was replaced by the DiMAGE A1 in July 2003.

2/3-type interline interlaced primary-color Super HAD CCD
Total pixels: approx. 5.24 million
Number of effective pixels: approx. 5.07 million
Number of active pixels: approx. 5.02 million
Chip size: 9.74 mm (H) X 7.96 mm (V)
Unit cell size: 3.4 μm (H) X 3.4 μm (V)
Saturation signal: 450 mV
Sensitivity: 270 mV (G signal, 3200 K, 706 cd/m2, F5.6, 1/30 s accumulation)
Dark signal: 16 mV (Ta=60 °C, 3.75 frame/s)
Smear: -92 dB (without a mechanical shutter, frame readout mode)
Image processing CxProcess
Operating sysytem pSOSystem/MIPS 2.5.x
Camera sensitivity JPEG, TIFF, Motion JPEG (MOV): Auto (100 - 400), ISO 100, 200, 400, 800 equivalents
RAW: ISO 100 equivalent
Aspect ratio 4:3
Lens construction 16 elements in 13 groups (includes two AD glass elements and two aspheric elements)
Maximum aperture f/2.8 - f/3.5
Aperture steps f/2.8, 3.5, 4, 4.5, 5.6, 6.7, 8, 9.5
Focal length 7.2 - 50.8 mm (35 mm equivalent: 28 – 200 mm)
Macro: 7.2 and 43 - 50.8 mm (35 mm equivalent: 28 and 170 – 200 mm)
Focusing range (from CCD) 0.5 m / 19.7 inch to infinity
Macro: Wide 30 – 60 cm / 11.8 - 23.6 inch, Telephoto 25 – 60 cm / 9.8 - 23.6 inch
Maximum magnification 0.177x (Equivalent to 0.7x in 35 mm format) (With a focal length of 50.8 mm. Distance at 25 cm)
Area covered at maximum magnification: 50 x 37 mm / 2 x 1.5 inch (approx.)
Optical zooming control Manual zooming ring
Optical focus control Precision Focus-by-wire rotating focusing ring
Autofocus system Video AF
Focus lock By pressing shutter-release button partway down.
Also possible with spot-AE lock button (The function of the spot-AE lock button can be changed with the recording menu)
Autofocus areas Wide focus area, Spot focus point
  • Flex Focus Point control with spot focus point mode
Focus modes Autofocus: Single-shot AF (DMF), Continuous AF (DMF)
Manual focus
  • DMF - Direct Manual Focus
Focus features Pixel binning in low light conditions
Center scan mode for 4x electronic zoom image (EVF/LCD, manual focus)
2x Digital zoom (LCD, manual focus)
Exposure modes P (Programmed AE) (with program shift), A (Aperture priority), S (shutter priority), M (Manual).
AE lock With Spot-AE lock button or by pressing the shutter-release button partway down
Metering Multi-segment (300 segments), Center-weighted, Spot
Exposure control range P / A modes: Wide; Ev - 1 - 18, Telephoto; Ev - 0.4 (7Hi) / 1.6 (7i) - 18.7
S / M modes: Wide; Ev - 1 - 17, Telephoto; Ev - 0.4 (7Hi) / 1.6 (7i) - 17.7
shutter CCD electronic shutter and mechanical shutter
shutter speed range 7Hi: 15 - 1/4000 seconds (in P / A modes, ISO 100), Bulb (max. 30 seconds)
7i: 4 - 1/4000 seconds (in P / A modes), 4 - 1/2000 seconds (in S / M modes), Bulb (max. 30 seconds)
White-balance control 7Hi: Automatic, Preset {Daylight, Tungsten, Fluorescent 1, 2 (white / cool white), Cloudy}, Custom (3 positions)
7i: Automatic, Preset (Daylight, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Cloudy), Custom
Digital Subject Programs Portrait, Sports action, Sunset, Night portrait, Text
Digital Effects Control Exposure, Color saturation, Contrast compensation, Filter
Exposure compensation +/- 2 Ev in 1/3 increments
Flash metering ADI, Pre-flash TTL, Manual flash control
  • ADI - Advanced Distance Integration
Flash-sync speeds All shutter speeds
Flash modes Fill-flash, Red-eye reduction, Rear flash sync, Wireless / Remote flash
Built-in flash range* (approx.)
ISO setting Flash range (wide angle) Flash range (telephoto)
AUTO 0.5m - 3.8m / 1.6 ft. - 12.5 ft. 0.5m - 3.0m / 1.6 ft. - 9.8 ft.
100 0.5m - 2.7m / 1.6 ft. - 8.8 ft. 0.5m - 2.1m / 1.6 ft. - 6.9 ft.
200 0.5m - 3.8m / 1.6 ft. - 12.5 ft. 0.5m - 3.0m / 1.6 ft. - 9.8 ft.
400 0.5m - 5.4m / 1.6 ft. - 17.6 ft. 0.5m - 4.2m / 1.6 ft. - 13.8 ft.
800 0.5m - 7.6m / 1.6 ft. - 25 ft. 0.5m - 6.0m / 1.6 ft. - 19.6 ft.
  • When the camera sensitivity is set to auto, the ISO is set between ISO 100 and 200.
  • The flash range is measured from CCD.
External flash connection Accessory shoe
Flash sync terminal (7Hi)
Recycling time 7 seconds (approx.)
Flash compensation +/-2 Ev in 1/3 increments
Viewfinder type EVF (Electronic viewfinder), Variable-position: 0 - 90 degrees
Automatic monitor amplification, Electronic magnification for manual focusing
Viewfinder display 4.8 mm (0.19 inch) Ferroelectric reflective liquid crystal microdisplay
Equivalent visual resolution: 220,000 pixels (approx.), Field of view: 100% (approx.)
Display format: 300 (H) X 224 (V)
Pixel dimensions: 0.0135 mm (pixel dimensions include a 0.0005 mm interpixel gap)
Color depth: 18 bit (6 bit RGB)
Brightness: 250 cd/m2
Contrast ratio: 80:1
Viewfinder magnification 0.31 - 2.1x
Diopter control -5 to +0.5 diopter
Eye relief 20 mm (from eyepiece)
LCD monitor 46 mm (1.8 inch) low-temperature polysilicon TFT color
Total pixels: 118,000, Field of view: 100% (approx.)
Number of colors: Analog full color
Pixel arrangement: RGB delta
Effective pixels per unit area: 115.4 dots/mm2
Optical transmittance: 8.6%
Contrast ratio: 200:1
Display format Recording mode: Live image, Grid, Scale, Quick view, Instant playback, Histogram of live image, Various statuses
Playback mode: Single-frame, Index, Enlarged playback, Slide show, Histogram of recorded image, Various statuses
Display-mode switch Auto-display (Viewfinder proximity sensor), Electronic viewfinder display, LCD-monitor display
A/D conversion 12 bits
Correlated Double Sampling (CDS)
79 dB SNR
Camera memory 7Hi: 64MB (SDRAM)
7i: 32MB (SDRAM)
File formats JPEG, TIFF, Motion JPEG (MOV), RAW. DCF 1.0 / DPOF 1.1-compliant
Printing output control 7Hi: Exif Print, PRINT Image Matching II
7i: Exif Print, PRINT Image Matching
Recording media Type I and Type II CompactFlash cards (max. 2 GB) IBM Microdrive (170MB, 340MB, 512MB, 1 GB)
Image quality modes RAW, Super fine (TIFF), Extra-Fine (7Hi), Fine, Standard, Economy (7i)
Number of recorded pixels Still images (JPG): 2560 x 1920, 1600 x 1200, 1280 x 960, 640 x 480
Still images (RAW): 2568 x 1928
Movie clips: 640 x 480 (UHS continuous-advance mode), 320 x 240 (standard, night movie modes), Time-lapse movie at all image sizes
Color modes Natural Color (sRGB), Vivid Color (sRGB), Adobe RGB (7Hi), Black and white (neutral and toned), Solarization
Advanced color management Yes (7hi)
  • Embedded ICC Profiles are available for all formats except RAW
Sharpness settings Three levels (Soft, Normal, Hard)
File size* (approx.)
2560 x 1920 1600 x 1200 1280 x 960 640 x 480
Economy n/a (7Hi) / 670KB (7i) n/a (7Hi) / 390KB (7i) n/a (7Hi) / 300KB (7i) n/a (7Hi) / 160KB (7i)
Standard 1.5 MB (7Hi) / 1.1 MB (7i) 660KB (7Hi) / 620KB (7i) 460KB (7Hi) / 420KB (7i) 240KB (7Hi) / 200KB (7i)
Fine 2.5 MB (7Hi) / 2.1 MB (7i) 1.0 MB (7Hi) / 1.0 MB (7i) 720KB (7Hi) / 680KB (7i) 320KB (7Hi) / 280KB (7i)
Extra Fine 4.8 MB (7Hi) / n/a (7i) 1.9 MB (7Hi) / n/a (7i) 1.3 MB (7Hi) / n/a (7i) 420KB (7Hi) / n/a (7i)
Super Fine 14.2 MB (7Hi) / 14.1 MB (7i) 5.6 MB (7Hi) / 5.6 MB (7i) 3.6 MB (7Hi) / 3.6 MB (7i) 1.0 MB (7Hi) / 980KB (7i)
RAW 9.6 MB (7Hi) / 9.5 MB(7i) n/a n/a n/a
Movie 297KByte/second (7Hi) / 250KByte/second (7i)
  • Numerical value may vary depending upon the subject.
Continuous advance Modes :

High Speed continuous advance (with 2560 x 1920 size images) (7Hi)
UHS (Ultra High Speed) continuous advance (with 1280 x 960 size images)
Standard continuous advance

  • UHS and standard continuous advance cannot be used with Super Fine or RAW images.

Speeds :
High Speed continuous advance: max. 3 frame/s (approx.) (7Hi)
UHS (Ultra High Speed) continuous advance: 7 frame/s (approx.)
Standard continuous advance: max. 2 frame/s

  • Actual speeds may vary depending upon subjects and shooting conditions.
Interval recording 2 - 99 frames. Interval time: 1 - 10 / 15 / 20 / 30 / 45 / 60 minutes
Digital Enhanced Bracketing Exposure, Contrast, Color saturation, Filter
Exposure: 1.0, 0.5, 0.3 Ev increments
Contrast, Color saturation, Filter: fixed increments
Number of brackets: 3 frames
Self-timer 10 seconds (approx.)
Movie recording Standard movie mode:
60 s (max.) with and without monaural audio
Number of recorded pixels: 320 x 240
Frame rate: 15 frame/s

Night movie mode (Images is monochrome.):
60 s (max.) with and without monaural audio
Number of recorded pixels: 320 x 240
Frame rate: 15 frame/s UHS (Ultra High Speed) continuous-advance movie mode:
Number of recorded pixels: 640 x 480
Frame rate: approx. 7 frame/s without audio Time-lapse movie mode:
Number of recorded pixels: 2560 x 1920, 1600 x 1200, 1280 x 960, 640 x 480
Frame rate: 4 frame/s without audio

Audio Voice memo: 5 or 15 seconds monaural audio with still image
File format: WAVE
Audio signals Two tones and two shutter sound effect settings
Exif tag information Date and time, Camera settings: Exposure mode, shutter speed, Aperture value, Exposure compensation value, Metering method, Flash on / off, Camera sensitivity, White balance setting, Focal length, etc.
Delete function Single, multiple, or all frames can be deleted
Format function Available in the Play mode
Data imprinting Year / month / day or Month / day / time, Text, Text and serial numbers
Digital zoom 2x
Dark frame subtraction Yes in Bulb
Customizable interface Yes (7hi)
Batteries Four AA Ni-MH or alkaline batteries (Use of Ni-MH batteries is recommended.)
Battery performance (approx.) (Minolta measurement*) Number of recording: 220 frames
Continuous playback time: 120 minutes
  • 1700 mAh Ni-MH batteries, EVF on, External LCD monitor off, Full-size images (2560 X 1920), Standard image quality, No instant playback, No voice memo, Flash used with 50% of the frames
Operating time (approx.) Start-up time: approx. 3 seconds
shutter release time lag: 0.1 - 0.17 second
External power source 6V DC (with specified AC adapter AC-1L or AC-2L) Current rating: 2A
PC Interface USB 1.1
AV output PAL / NTSC
Dimensions (WxHxD) 117 x 90.5 x 112.5 mm / 4.6 x 3.6 x 4.4 inch
Weight 7Hi: 530 g / 18.7 ounce
7i: 525 g / 18.5 ounce
without batteries or recording media
Standard accessories Leather Neck Strap NS-DG1000 (7Hi), Neck Strap NS-DG7 (7i), Lens Cap (49mm) LF-1249, Accessory Shoe Cap SC-9, AV Cable AVC-300, CF (CompactFlash) Card (16MB), USB Cable USB-100, DiMAGE Software CD-ROM (Includes DiMAGE Viewer), Lens Shade DLS-7Hi (7Hi), Lens Shade DLS-7i (7i), Four AA Ni-MH batteries, Ni-MH Battery Charger
  • Availability of accessories depends on areas.
Minolta 7Hi with 5600HS(D) flash

Parts List[edit]

  • DSC Controller LSI / OS (7i/7Hi): MA07163 DSC-2 / pSOSystem/MIPS 2.5.x
  • Microcontroller (7i/7Hi): D78F0338
  • Image sensor 2/3-type interline primary-color CCD (7i/7Hi): ICX282AQF
  • Timing Generator for Frame Readout CCD (7i/7Hi): CXD2498R
  • LCD (7i/7Hi): ACX312AK
  • EVF LightView QVGA Digital Display Module /Ferroelectric Liquid Crystal - FLC/(7i/7Hi): LDM-0201
  • Driver/Timing Generator for LCD (7i/7Hi): CXA3572R
  • CMOS SDRAM MEMORY (7i): TC59SM716, (7Hi) HY57V561620
  • CMOS FLASH MEMORY (7i): TC58FVT160FT, (7Hi) MBM29LV320
  • EEPROM (7i/7Hi): IS93C46D
  • EEPROM PLD (7i/7Hi): EPM3064A
  • DC-DC converter (7i/7Hi): AN8049SH
  • Digital Camera Motor Driver (7i/7Hi): LB8649
  • A/D & D/A converter for portable digital audio system (7i/7Hi): AK4550
  • D/A converter (7i/7Hi): MB40C938V
  • REAL TIME CLOCK (7i/7Hi): R4543_B
  • Octal Bus Buffer (7i/7Hi): MC74VHC244
  • IGBT for STROBE FLASHER (7i/7Hi): CY25AAJ-8F
  • Triac (7Hi): BCR5AS
  • Operational amplifier (7Hi): NJM4558


Minolta Dimage 7Hi microcontroller PCB
Minolta Dimage 7Hi microcontroller PCB
Minolta Dimage 7Hi LSI PCB (left upper corner: missing diode, bottom: missing backup battery for Real Time Clock)
Minolta Dimage 7Hi LSI PCB (right upper corner: missing Real Time Clock)
Minolta Dimage 7Hi CCD PCB
Minolta Dimage 7Hi CCD PCB
Minolta Dimage 7Hi flash PCB
Minolta Dimage 7Hi 7Hi flash PCB
Minolta Dimage 7Hi power PCB (left lower corner: missing 2x8.2 Ohm resistor and switching transistor)
Minolta dimage 7Hi power PCB
Minolta Dimage 7Hi digital effect switch PCB
Minolta Dimage 7Hi digital effect switch PCB
Minolta Dimage 7Hi audio video PCB
Minolta Dimage 7Hi audio video PCB
Minolta Dimage 7Hi EVF

System accessories[edit]

  • Case CS-DG7
  • Leather Neck Strap NS-DG 1000 (7Hi)
  • Neck Strap NS-DG 2000/3000 (7Hi)
  • Neck Strap NS-DG7 (7i)
  • Lens Shade DLS-7Hi (7Hi)
  • Lens Shade DLS-7i (7i)
  • Lens Cap LF-1249
  • Shoe Cap SC-9
  • USB Cable USB-100
  • AV Cable AVC-300
  • External Battery Pack kit EBP-100
  • Battery Pack holder BH-100
  • Li-ion Battery NP-100
  • Li-ion Battery Charger BC-100
  • AC Adapter AC-1L
  • AC Adapter AC-2L
  • Remote Cable RC-1000L
  • Remote Cable RC-1000S
  • Wide-angle Converter ACW-100
  • Telephoto Converter ACT-100
  • Close-up Lens CL-49-200
  • PC Flash Adapter PCT-100
  • Program/Maxxum Flash 3600HS(D)
  • Program/Maxxum Flash 5600HS(D)
  • Bounce Reflector V-Set
  • External Battery Pack EP2 Set
  • Macro Flash Controller
  • Macro Twin Flash 2400
  • Macro Ring Flash 1200
  • Close-up Diffuser CD-1000
  • Triple Connector TC-1000
  • Cable CD
  • Off-Camera Shoe OS-1100
  • Off-camera Cable OC-1100

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "Konica Minolta Digital Cameras". Retrieved 2007-03-28.