|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
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, and replacing the 5000. The "i" in the names of the new camera range stood for "intelligence". Like the 7000i, the 5000i supported Minolta's Creative Expansion Cards, plug-in electronic modules that added new functionality to the camera.
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.
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". 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. 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.
- 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.
- Michael, McBroom (2000). McBroom's Camera Bluebook. Buffalo, NY: Amherst Media. ISBN 1-58428-013-1.
- Minolta (1989). Maxxum 5000i manual (PDF). Minolta Camera Co. Ltd.