Konica Minolta 7D

Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D front
  • 6MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 2.5" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • No Video
  • Sony/Minolta Alpha Mount
  • 845g - 150 x 106 x 78mm
  • Revealed January 2005
  • Also Known as Dynax 7D / Alpha-7 Digital
  • Newer Model is Sony A700
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
  • Lenses
  • Size Comparison
  • FAQ

Konica Minolta 7D overview

Konica Minolta 7D is Konica's Advanced DSLR digital camera initially announced on January of 2005. The camera has a 6MP, CCD APS-C size sensor with a maximum resolution of 3008 x 2000. It is referred to as "Dynax 7D / Alpha-7 Digital" in other markets.

Konica launched the more recent Sony A700 (Read Full Comparison) as a way to improve this model.

The Minolta 7D is positioned #83 out of 92 in Advanced DSLR cameras and all round #727 out of 1465 for cameras in our collection. Remember to look at our Smart camera finder to get camera listings based on your customized factors.

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Below is a graph of different criteria used in the scoring system.

Konica Minolta 7D history

The Konica Minolta 7D comes with a history of related cameras. Down below, you can look at all previous and brand new models along with main specifications.

ModelVisualizeResolutionSensor SizeMax fpsReleased
Sony-SLT-A77-II front thumbnailSony A77 II
Minolta 7D vs A77 II
24MPAPS-C12.0 fps2014
Sony-SLT-A77 front thumbnailSony A77
Minolta 7D vs A77
24MPAPS-C12.0 fps2011
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Sony-Alpha-DSLR-A700 front thumbnailSony A700
Minolta 7D vs A700
12MPAPS-C5.0 fps2007
Konica-Minolta-Maxxum-7D front thumbnailKonica Minolta 7D6MPAPS-C3.0 fps2005

Konica Minolta 7D Pros and Cons

Here is a checklist of upsides and downsides of the Konica Minolta 7D based on aspects that are oftentimes viewed as crucial in a digital camera.

change lenses (Sony/Minolta Alpha mount)
flash built-in
good min ISO (100)
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
saves RAW formats
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
supports phase detect autofocus
you can focus manually
lack of HDMI support
lack of headphone jack
lack of mic jack
lack of Time Lapse mode
lack of video recording
low MP (6 megapixels)
max frames per second low (3.0 frames/s)
no articulating screen
no liveview
not so great battery (400 shots)
pixelated screen (207 k dot)
screen is not selfie friendly
small screen (2.5 inch)
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Konica Minolta 7D Sensor information

The size of the sensor on the Konica Minolta 7D is 23.5mm x 15.7mm (APS-C). The 369 mm² sensor can resolve 3008 x 2000 pixels with aspect ratios of 3:2. The camera has got Image Stabilization (Sensor based). Optical stabilization is superior than digital stabilization since the latter can easily cause cropping.

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The CCD sensor boasts 6 megapixels and has a standard ISO range of 100 to 3200. RAW photos are saved so you have more room to maneuver in post.

The graphic below illustrates the Minolta 7D's sensor size compared to other popular sizes. The Minolta 7D sensor comes with a crop factor of 1.5 and is highlighted in green.

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To get an idea of specific aspect ratios, you should refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Konica Minolta 7D dimensions

Konica Minolta 7D weighs 1.86 lb (845 gr or 29.81 ounces) and the size of the camera is 150mm x 106mm x 78mm (5.9" x 4.2" x 3.1"). The weight of normal Advanced DSLR camera is 776 gr and the Konica Minolta 7D is on par as compared to its rivals.

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Below is a pic of the Konica Minolta 7D with a soft drink to help you to have a feel for its size.

Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D dimensions scale

The top view here will highlight the button design on the Minolta 7D.

Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D topview buttons dials

Konica Minolta 7D Lens information

The Minolta 7D uses the Sony/Minolta Alpha mount and has 145 lenses available to buy. Here is a few of the lenses we have in our database that will fit the Minolta 7D.

ModelVisualizeFocal LengthApertureStabilizedWeight
Sony-300mm-F2.8-G-SSM-II lensSony 300mm F2.8 G SSM II300mmf/2.8 2300g
Sigma-24-105mm-F4-DG-OS-HSM-Sony-Alpha lensSigma 24-105mm F4 DG OS HSM24-105mmf/4.0 885g
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Tamron-AF-28-300mm-F3.5-6.3-XR-Di-LD-Aspherical-IF-Macro-Sony-Alpha lensTamron AF 28-300mm F3.5-6.3 XR Di LD Aspherical IF Macro28-300mmf/3.5-6.3 420g
Sony-85mm-F1.4-ZA-Carl-Zeiss-Planar-T lensSony 85mm F1.4 ZA Carl Zeiss Planar T85mmf/1.4 560g
Sigma-50mm-F2.8-EX-DG-Macro-Sony-Alpha lensSigma 50mm F2.8 EX DG Macro50mmf/2.8 320g
Sigma-150-500mm-F5-6.3-DG-OS-HSM-Sony-Alpha lensSigma 150-500mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM150-500mmf/5.0-6.3 1780g
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Tamron-AF-18-250mm-F3.5-6.3-Di-II-LD-Aspherical-IF-Macro-Sony-Alpha lensTamron AF 18-250mm F3.5-6.3 Di II LD Aspherical IF Macro18-250mmf/3.5-6.3 430g
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Konica Minolta 7D Connectivity

The Minolta 7D has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes

Cameras that incorporate NFC or Bluetooth support are able to be controlled wirelessly through smartphones. You will be able to send images and usually alter settings without the hassle of connecting directly with the camera.

Some apps also enable a Liveview and click the shutter when you aren't close to the camera. If the camera comes with a HDMI out, it can easily be connected to an external screen. A lot of cameras will allow you to charge the battery through the USB port.

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Konica Minolta 7D Video information

Konica Minolta 7D doesn't take video. If you are looking for a digital camera to shoot just images, it might not be an issue.

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Konica Minolta 7D Weather Sealing

Konica Minolta 7D doesn't have weather proofing so damp conditions can easily affect the camera.

Konica Minolta 7D Screen and Viewfinder

The Konica Minolta 7D has a 2.5" fixed display screen with a resolution of 207k dots.

Please note that the display offers no touch support.

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The ViewFinder specifications regarding Konica Minolta 7D are as follows:

  • ViewFinder Optical (pentaprism)
  • ViewFinder Coverage 95 percent
  • ViewFinder Magnification 0.6x

In those bright outdoor conditions that make the camera screens washed out and tough to view, viewfinders are rather useful.

Konica Minolta 7D Shutter information

Konica Minolta 7D can shoot continuously at 3.0 frames/s. The maximum shutter speed is 1/4000s.

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Konica Minolta 7D Flash and Hot shoe information

Konica Minolta 7D has got both built in flash plus external flash ability. The highest flash sync speed is 1/160s.

Konica Minolta 7D Autofocus information

Konica Minolta 7D has got both Phase Detect AF along with Contrast Based AF. Phase Detection autofocusing is more faster and precise compared to Contrast Based autofocusing.

It has 9 focus points to choose from. Konica Minolta 7D has the ability to use manual focusing if needed during low light or you need to have more accurate focusing control.

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Konica Minolta 7D Battery life

The battery (NP-400) in the Konica Minolta 7D is fashioned to last for 400 images with respect to the CIPA standards which is less as compared to its competition. The general Advanced DSLR camera battery life is 909. Nikon D780 has the highest possible (2260) battery life within this kind of cameras.

Following is a collection of Advanced DSLR cameras which have the highest battery life:

Konica Minolta 7D for different types of photography

The following chart indicates a summation of the Konica Minolta 7D for different types of photography. To find out more, check out the specific section below.

Konica Minolta 7D Portrait photography factors

The Konica Minolta 7D receives a rating of 50 which is reasonable, meaning that it is reasonably adequate for portraits. Photographing portrait photos leans heavily to sensor resolution, support for RAW photos along with the potential to utilize external flash.

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manual focus
sensor size is good (APS-C)
saves RAW formats
no liveview feature
megapixel count low (6MP)

Konica Minolta 7D Street photography highlights

Getting a very good rating of 61, the Konica Minolta 7D is a very decent choice to buy for street photography. A very good street photography camera features a fine balance of picture quality and portability.

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image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
supports RAW formats
screen does not articulate

Sports photography with Konica Minolta 7D

A lousy sports photography points total of 43 indicates the Konica Minolta 7D is not really suitable for shooting sports. A camera really should have excellent focusing plus fast shutter speeds for sports photography.

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image stabilization (Sensor based)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
has phase detect autofocus
doesn't have liveview
low fps (3.0 fps)
MP count low (6MP)
bad battery power (400 CIPA)

Konica Minolta 7D Travel photography information

Weight is super critical when buying a travel camera. Over-all, the Konica Minolta 7D gets a lousy 39 as a travelling camera which is not really suitable to buy for your trips.

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built-in flash
no Timelapse recording
bad battery (400 shots)
MP count low (6 megapixels)
doesn't posses selfie friendly display

Konica Minolta 7D Landscape photography factors

If you find yourself planning to pick a camera for landscape pictures, the most essential aspect will be image quality. The Konica Minolta 7D at it's modest grade of 48 for a landscape camera is fairly acceptable among its rivals.

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you can focus manually
switch lenses (Sony/Minolta Alpha mount)
image stabilization (Sensor based)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
saves RAW files
tiny screen (2.5 inch)
no liveview
low resolution (6 megapixels)
terrible battery (400 per charge)
no Timelapse mode

Konica Minolta 7D Vlogging details

A camera for vlogging should really have a moving display screen, mic port and preferably IBIS. Taking all things into account, the Konica Minolta 7D is not really suitable for vlogging as it receives a lousy rating of 9.

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lack of video recording

Konica Minolta 7D Alternatives

If you are searching for alternatives to the Minolta 7D, here is a range of the top ranked cameras that fall into the category of Advanced DSLR.

The graph followed below will give you a summary of the Minolta 7D compared to it's highest scored rivals suggested earlier.

There are a bunch of cameras you may take a look at as alternative options. To browse through a detailed comparison, just click on the "compare" link.

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General Information
Model type
Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D
Also referred to as
Dynax 7D / Alpha-7 Digital
Advanced DSLR
Body design
Mid-size SLR
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Sensor size
Sensor dimensions
23.5 x 15.7mm
Sensor surface area
Sensor resolution
6 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
Full resolution
3008 x 2000
RAW data
Max native ISO
Lowest native ISO
Focus manually
Touch focus
AF continuous
Single AF
Tracking AF
AF selectice
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detection AF
Contract detection AF
Phase detection AF
Total focus points
Lens mount type
Sony/Minolta Alpha
Available lenses
Crop factor
Screen type
Fixed Type
Screen sizing
2.5 inch
Screen resolution
207k dot
Selfie friendly
Touch capability
Viewfinder Information
Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage
95 percent
Viewfinder magnification
DXO scores
DXO All around rating
DXO Color Depth rating
DXO Dynamic range rating
DXO Low light rating
Slowest shutter speed
30 secs
Maximum shutter speed
1/4000 secs
Continuous shooting speed
3.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash options
Auto, Fill-in, Red-Eye reduction, Slow Sync, Off
External flash
WB bracketing
Maximum flash sync
1/160 secs
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Max video resolution
Mic input
Headphone input
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environment seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
845 grams (1.86 lbs)
Physical dimensions
150 x 106 x 78mm (5.9" x 4.2" x 3.1")
Battery life
400 photos
Battery format
Battery Pack
Battery ID
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse recording
Type of storage
Compact Flash (Type I or II)
Storage slots
Launch pricing