Minolta 5000i

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Minolta 5000i
Minolta Maxxum 5000i SLR.jpg
Type35mm SLR
Lens mountMinolta A-mount
FocusTTL phase detecting autofocus
ExposureProgram, Aperture priority, Shutter priority and depth-of-field autoexposure; match-needle manual
6 zone evaluative or 6.5% partial metering
Dimensions148×97×65 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]


  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 (PDF). Minolta Camera Co. Ltd. Archived from the original on 2005-05-19.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)

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