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Konica Minolta's Maxxum 7 Digital. Courtesy of Konica Minolta, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D - full specs
(Wednesday, September 15, 2004 - 02:00 EDT)

Konica Minolta has today announced full specifications for its long-awaited digital SLR, the Maxxum 7 Digital - alternatively known as the Maxxum 7D (and, we believe, to be known in Europe as the Dynax 7 Digital).

The Maxxum 7D will be the first interchangeable lens digital SLR to feature in-camera anti-shake technology, which is achieved by shifting the entire CCD image sensor to counter the effects of camera shake. This will apparently allow anti-shake with all Maxxum AF lenses except the AF 16mm Fish Eye and Macro Zoom 3x – 1x, which the company says will yield a 2 - 3 stop improvement in the shutter speeds which can be handheld (when active). The Maxxum 7D will feature a 6.1 megapixel (effective) image sensor, compatibility with all Minolta A-mount AF lenses, 9-point phase detection autofocusing, a 2.5" LCD display with 207,000 pixels, eye-level fixed pentaprism viewfinder with 0.9x magnification and 95% field of view, CompactFlash Type-I or Type-II, in a magnesium alloy (front and base) body. Other features include a choice of either RAW or JPEG, plus simultaneous RAW+JPEG recording formats, 5-step control over sharpness, contrast, color saturation and hue, six white balance presets, the ability to directly dial in a color temperature from 2500K to 9900K in 100K increments, and sRGB and Adobe RGB color modes.

The Maxxum 7D will also offer user-selectable long-exposure noise reduction, 14-segment multi / center-weighted / spot metering, built-in flash with a guide number of 12 at ISO 100, flash sync at 1/160 second, shutter speeds from 30 - 1/4000 second plus bulb, and a three frames-per-second burst mode for nine RAW or 12 JPEG frames at the highest resolution / quality. Power will come from a single NP-400 Lithium Ion battery or an optional VC-7D battery grip with space for two NP-400 or six AA NiMH batteries. Connectivity includes USB 2.0 High-Speed for PC / Mac, and NTSC / PAL video output.

Pricing and availability have not been announced at this time. Courtesy of Konica Minolta, we have the following "backgrounder" document, along with full specifications and product photos from a variety of angles, and finally the official press release.

New Konica Minolta Digital Single Lens Reflex (SLR) Camera: The Maxxum 7D

Konica Minolta Photo Imaging U.S.A., Inc.'s new Maxxum 7D is the world's first* 1 digital SLR to be equipped with a body-integral, CCD-shift camera-shake compensation Anti-Shake technology that supports all Maxxum AF lenses* 2 .

Product Highlights

  • Body-integral CCD-shift Anti-Shake technology reduces blur caused by camera shake and supports all Maxxum AF lenses.

  • A large, easy-to-view 2.5-inch high-definition, 207,000-pixel color LCD monitor that combines menu navigation with image and data display.

  • Stunning picture quality derived from a high resolution, 6.1-million-pixel (effective) 23.5mm x 15.7mm size CCD and exclusive Konica Minolta CxProcess™ III image processing technology.

  • Incorporates a central, cross hair type, 9-point and 8-line autofocus (AF) sensor array providing high-precision AF and high performance subject tracking of moving subjects.

  • Combines simple operation in a stylish, compact package inheriting the product ideals of the Maxxum range of film SLR cameras. Upgraded, high-end shooting and versatile imaging functions designed to satisfy any photographer's needs, whether they are amateur or enthusiast.

  • Excellent system back-up and accessories to cater to a broad range of shooting styles and conditions.


Anti-shake Technology and CCD Shift Mechanism
The world's first*1 digital SLR with body-integral CCD-shift Anti-Shake technology, including compatibility with Minolta A-Mount optics and allowing all Konica Minolta interchangeable AF lenses to be used.*2

The award winning Konica Minolta Anti-Shake technology was selected as “European Photo Innovation of the Year 2004 – 2005” by EISA*3 and provides the equivalent correction effect*4 with a shutter speed 2 - 3 steps slower.

Konica Minolta's Anti-Shake technology makes it possible to reduce blur caused by camera shake, even when taking photos in dimly lit or twilight scenes, in natural light with a telephoto lens, as well as macro shots – without relying on a higher ISO setting or the aid of a flash or tripod. Anti-Shake responds quickly to both broad, slow-swaying motion of the camera body and the higher frequency shaking typical of camera shake caused by the photographer's hands.

The Anti-Shake technology can be switched on or off via a dedicated switch on the camera's back and when active, an Anti-Shake indicator is displayed on the viewfinder to keep the user informed when it's active.

Easy-to-View 2.5-inch High-Definition LCD Monitor
Centrally mounted on the camera's back-plate is the large, easy-to-view 2.5-inch, high-resolution, 207,000-pixel color monitor. It quickly and clearly displays captured shots for fast image appraisal. Image histogram data can be overlaid without obscuring the displayed image and thanks to its large size, it can display up to a 16-frame thumbnail index display.

Intuitive Operation with Dial-&-Lever System
The new Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D inherits the dial and lever operation system from the highly-regarded Maxxum 7 35mm SLR camera. This similarity allows intuitive operation for Maxxum 35mm SLR users moving up to the new digital Maxxum 7D.

Menu and Navigation Display
The LCD monitor works as a Navigation Display allowing seamless operation with clear and concise camera settings displayed with comprehensive shooting information, indicated with large, easy to read text. Aiding ease of use further, the display automatically switches from horizontal to vertical format when shooting in the upright “portrait” format.

Advanced LSI Image Processing Engine
A newly developed Advanced LSI image processing engine for the Maxxum 7D enables high-speed processing of large quantities of data and designed to improve image processing at high-sensitivity settings ensuring reduced image noise while retaining high picture quality. This combination also helps ensure easy handling similar to the smooth-shooting rhythm associated with 35mm film SLR cameras.

Konica Minolta's CxProcess™ III
Consistently high picture quality is ensured by the 6.1-million-effective-pixel CCD, the unique CxProcess™ III image processing technology, and a combination of Konica Minolta's expertise in photosensitive materials and exposure control technologies. Each is integrated here in the new Maxxum 7D to ensure superb picture quality and to help make the most of any attached AF lens.

CxProcess™ III is an original, image processing technology designed to provide impressive and natural-looking images. CxProcess™ III, achieves these stunning, natural-looking images by integrating a broad range of photographic technologies gained from Konica Minolta's long years of experience in this field. It ensures clear and crisp pictures, natural skin tones and packs in detail, ideal for shooting landscapes or macro subjects.

High-Performance, High-Speed Autofocus (AF)
The new Maxxum 7D incorporates a central, cross hair type, 9-point and 8-line AF sensor array providing high-precision AF and high performance subject tracking of moving subjects within the frame. The AF system enables both Predictive Focus Control and Subject Tracking for high-speed focus adjustment of moving subjects, making it ideal for fleeting moments or sports photography.

High-Speed Continuous Advance and Image Processing with Large Capacity Image Buffer
The new Maxxum 7D allows high speed continuous shooting of up to 9 consecutive frames at up to 3-frames per second in both RAW or RAW+JPEG modes thanks to a large image buffer. Additionally, it allows continuous shooting of up to twelve 3008x2000 JPEG images at the extra-fine image-quality setting and 15 JPEG images the same size at the fine image-quality setting. These high-speed shooting capabilities are ideal for capturing momentary expressions, sports or fleeting action shots while retaining high picture quality throughout.

RAW+JPEG Simultaneous Recording
Photographers can choose to shoot either JPEG or RAW images or both combined with the simultaneous RAW + JPEG dual-format capture mode for improved, post-shoot workflow.

Easy-to-View, High-Performance Viewfinder
A spherical acute matte focusing screen is used in the viewfinder for accurate, bright critical focusing assessment. The new model incorporates an optical glass pentaprism viewfinder with a 0.9x magnification factor and 95% field of view for easy scene assessment and composition.

Highly Durable and Reliable Magnesium-Alloy Body
The new camera is sturdy, compact and stylish featuring a magnesium alloy front body panel and base.

Comprehensive Image Adjustment and Control for Creative Picture Capture

  • Image correction: 5-step fine control adjustment for sharpness, contrast, color saturation and hue.

  • White balance (WB) setting: In addition to the auto mode, the new camera has six presets for WB plus a custom mode for precise white balance settings in difficult lighting conditions. This model also features numerical settings for color temperature, which gives photographers a higher degree of color temperature matching. Fine-tuning is possible over a range from 2500K to 9900K in 100K increments, providing a broader range than with the auto white balance or preset white balance alone.

  • Zone Matching: New technology that allows the precise reproduction of tonal gradations in highlights and shadows, essential in difficult shooting conditions with predominant highlights and helps ensure noise-free low-light images. The camera's Zone Matching system permits effective control of high and low key tone capture; the former important for highlight capture in shots such as a white wedding dress, the latter for low light situations.

Maxxum System Accessories
Konica Minolta has also introduced two new zoom lenses , each designed to provide optimum image quality when used with the new Maxxum 7D digital SLR – the Konica Minolta AF ZOOM 17 – 35 mm f/2.8 – 4 (D) and the Konica Minolta AF ZOOM 28 – 75 mm f/2.8 (D) .

A broad range of existing Maxxum-system accessories is also available for use with the Maxxum 7D including D-series flash units, remote cords and an angle viewfinder. The D-series flash and D-series lenses, which include built-in focus distance calculations, when used in combination with the new Maxxum 7D, provide improved exposure accuracy. Combined with high-precision ADI flash metering, the camera provides high-precision lighting control that answers the most demanding and diverse needs.

The new dedicated VC-7D Vertical Control Grip for the new Maxxum 7D connects to the camera body and provides a secure grip on the camera while enhancing easy, vertical camera control and overall ease of use, particularly when shooting upright, portrait-format shots.

The VC-7D's sure-hold grip provides confident handling characteristics and features a dedicated shutter-release button, front and rear control dials, autofocus (AF)/manual focus (MF) control button, auto exposure (AE) lock button and AF area selector button, thereby delivering comfortable and reassuring handling characteristics to the camera in either horizontal or vertical shooting situations.

The VC-7D allows two lithium-ion batteries to be used simultaneously for an extra power supply. This allows photographers to take advantage of shooting many more images before worrying about recharging the batteries. Adding still more versatility, standard AA Ni-MH batteries can also be used.

Konica Minolta's new DiMAGE Master is optional software to improve creative workflow for advanced users. Diversified tools for classifying and comparing images boost work efficiency of selecting the best shots. Newly developed RAW processing program enables more accurate color reproduction.


*1) As a lens-changeable digital SLR camera

*2) With the camera's AF macro-zoom 1x – 3x specialty lenses and Anti-shake function turned off.

*3) The European Imaging and Sound Association, publishing 50 major photography and AV magazines in 20 European countries

*4) Anti-Shake picture blur correction effect amount varies with shooting conditions and lenses used

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Konica Minolta Maxxum 7 Digital
Konica Minolta's Maxxum 7 Digital. Courtesy of Konica Minolta, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!

Camera Type

Interchangeable-lens digital SLR camera

Lens Mount

Minolta A-type bayonet mount

Image Capture

Total pixels: 6.3 million, Effective pixels: 6.1 million

CCD size: 23.5mm x 15.7mm, Interline primary color, interlace scan

Sensitivity: Auto and 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600,and 3200 ISO equivalents

Aspect ratio: 3:2


Recording Media: Type I and Type II CompactFlash Cards, Microdrive, SD Memory Cards and MultiMedia Cards with optional CompactFlash Adapter SD-SF

File format: JPEG, RAW, RAW+JPEG (DCF 2.0 compliant, DPOF (supported by printing functions in version 1.1), Exif 2.2)

Storage capacity: Approximate storage capacity of a 256MB:

3008 x 2000

2256 x 1496

1504 x 1000


26 frames




19 frames

21 frames

23 frames

Extra fine

41 frames

72 frames

157 frames


81 frames

141 frames

292 frames


138 frames

235 frames

463 frames

Color mode: Natural: sRGB, Natural +: sRGB, Adobe RGB

Image quality mode: Standard, Fine, Extra-fine, RAW, RAW+JPEG (Fine)

Image correction: Contrast, Color saturation, Sharpness, Hue (5 levels)

Noise reduction: Available (at shutter speed longer than 1 second, ON/OFF selectable)

Delete function: Single frame, Marked frames or All frames in a folder in card can be deleted.

White Balance Control

Automatic, Preset (Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Flash), Custom, Color temperature setting available


LCD monitor: 2.5-inch TFT color

Total pixels: 207, 000

Navigation system: (Enlarged display, Automatic rotate function)

Number of frame(s) displayed: 1, Index (4, 9, 16 selectable)

Display mode: Image only, Image + text, Image + text + histogram, Enlarged playback (Up to approximately 5x), Luminance limit Display, File browser, Slideshow, Instant bracket playback

Autofocus System

Type: Through-the-lens (TTL) phase-detection system

Sensor: CCD line sensors (9 points, 8 lines with center cross-hair sensor)

Sensitivity range: EV-1 – EV18 (ISO 100)

Autofocus area: Wide focus area, any local focus area is selectable from 9 point sensors.

Focus mode: Autofocus/Manual focus can be selected.

Autofocus mode: Single-shot AF, Continuous AF, Automatic Autofocus (DMF is selectable in menu). Predictive focus control for moving subjects. Auto-tracking focus point display

Focus lock: Available (by pressing the shutter release button halfway down)

AF illuminator: Available (with pre-flash) 3.3-16.4 ft. (1.0-5.0m)

Autoexposure System

TTL metering using 14-segment honeycomb-pattern SPC (14-segment Honeycomb-pattern / Center-weighted / Spot metering)

Metering range: EV 0 - 20 (EV 3 - 20 in spot metering)
* at ISO100 with f/1.4 lens

Exposure modes: P/Full-auto program (Programmed AE with program shift), A (Aperture priority), S (Shutter priority), M (Manual)

Exposure compensation:
+/– 3 EV in 1/2 increments
+/– 2 EV in 1/3 increments

AE lock: Automatically activated with AF lock, Available with AE lock button


Flash metering: ADI, Pre-flash TTL, Manual flash control

Guide number: 12 (in meters at ISO 100), 17 (in meters ISO 200)

Coverage: 24mm

Recycling time: Approximately 3 seconds

Control: Manual switchover. Lift-up for Fill Flash, push down for Flash Cancel.

Flash modes: Fill Flash, Flash Cancel, Red-eye Reduction (pre-flash), Wireless / Remote Off-camera Flash, Rear Flash Sync., High Speed Sync.

Flash compensation: +/– 2 EV in 1/2 stop increments

External Flashes

Program Flash 5600HS(D), 3600HS(D), 2500D, Macro Ring Flash 1200* with flash sync. terminal

* Macro Flash Controller is necessary.


Type: Electronically-controlled, vertical-traverse, focal-plane Shutter

Range: 30-1/4000 second, Bulb

Flash sync speed: 1/160 second (with Anti-shake OFF), 1/125 second (with Anti-shake ON)


Drive modes: Single, Continuous, 10 seconds / 2 seconds self-timer, Single bracket, Continuous bracket

Continuous advance: Approximately 3 frames per second

Approximate number of frames that can be captured at one time:

3008 x 2000

2256 x 1496

1504 x 1000


9 frames




9 frames

9 frames

9 frames

Extra fine

12 frames

14 frames

20 frames


15 frames

19 frames

30 frames


19 frames

26 frames

43 frames

Exposure bracketing: With 0.3 / 0.5 EV increments, 3 / 5 frames

Interval recording: Interval time: 30 seconds / 1-10, 15, 20, 30, 45, 60 minutes, 2 - 240 frames. Start timer is equipped. (Setting: 0.5 to 24H, in 0.5 increments)

Other functions: Instant playback, Customizing, Zone matching


CCD-Shift Anti-shake system with LED indicator in viewfinder

Anti-shake effect: Equivalent to 2 – 3 steps in shutter speed

(Actual effect varies depending on shooting conditions and the lens used.)


Type: Eye-level fixed pentaprism

Focusing screen: Spherical Acute Matte (G-type as standard)

Field of view: Approximately 95%

Magnification: 0.9x (with 50mm lens focused on infinity)

Diopter control: –3.0 to + 1.0 m-1

Eye-relief: 25mm from the eyepiece, 21mm from the eyepiece frame in -1 m-1

Eyepiece cup is removable. Interchangeable focusing screen is available (type M, L, ML) at service facilities.

Video Output


Audio Signal


Printing Output Control

Exif Print, PRINT Image Matching II, PictBridge

PC Interface

USB 2.0 High-Speed

Remote Function

Remote data storage: available. (Remote-storage function software 'DiMAGE Transfer' for Maxxum7D is available as a free download. It will be released in January 2005.


Battery: One NP-400 Li-ion battery

Battery condition indication: 4-stage indicator appears when the camera is turned on.

External power source: 6V DC (with specified AC adapter AC-11), Vertical Control Grip VC-7D

Battery Performance (with Fresh Batteries)

Number of recorded images:

  • Approximately 400 frames. (CIPA measurement*1)
    Conforming to CIPA standard test method with a compact flash card and an NP-400 lithium-ion battery.
  • Approximately 600 frames (Konica Minolta measurement A*2)
  • Approximately 2000 frames (Konica Minolta measurement B*3)

Conditions: Anti-Shake: ON, Recording media: 512MB CompactFlash Cards, Battery: Li-ion Battery NP-400

*1:CIPA: Camera & Imaging Products Association

*2: Flash: OFF, other conditions are same as CIPA measurement.

*3: Drive mode: 5 frames continuous shooting, Flash ;OFF, Instant Playback: NO

Dimensions (W x H x D)

5.91 x 4.17 x 3.05 inches (150 x 106 x 77.5mm)


26.81 ounces (760g) (without batteries and recording media)

Operating Temperature

32-104 °F (0 - 40 °C)

Standard Accessories

DiMAGE Viewer CD-ROM, Li-ion Battery NP-400, Li-ion Battery Charger BC-400, Wide Strap WS-4, Shoe-Cap SC-1000, Eyepiece Cap II, Eyepiece Cup EC-1400, Body Cap BDC-1000, Remote Cord Clip, LCD Monitor Protect Panel MPP-1000, USB Cable USB-2, Video Cable VC-500

Optional Accessories

Vertical Control Grip VC-7D, Camera Case CS-7D, AC Adapter AC-11, SD-CF Card Adapter SD-CF 1, Remote Cord RC-1000S, Remote Cord RC-1000L, DiMAGE Master Software

Compatible computers

IBM PC/AT compatible computers:

Windows 98* / Me / 2000 (Professional) / XP (Home / Professional)

Macintosh OS 9.0 - 9.2.2 / OS X v10.1.3 - 10.1.5 / v10.2.1 - 10.2.8 / v10.3 - 10.3.5

More Photos
Konica Minolta's Maxxum 7 Digital. Courtesy of Konica Minolta, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!
Konica Minolta's Maxxum 7 Digital. Courtesy of Konica Minolta, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!
Konica Minolta's Maxxum 7 Digital. Courtesy of Konica Minolta, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!
Konica Minolta's Maxxum 7 Digital. Courtesy of Konica Minolta, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!
Konica Minolta's Maxxum 7 Digital. Courtesy of Konica Minolta, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!
  • The computer and operating system must be guaranteed by their manufacturers to support USB interface.
  • Problems may be encountered depending on what other USB devices are being used in parallel with this product.
  • Only a built-in USB port is supported. Problems may be encountered when the camera is connected to a USB hub.
  • Normal operation may not be possible even when all the system requirements are met.
  • Users with Windows 98 and Windows 98 Second Edition operating system must install dedicated driver software included in the DiMAGE viewer CD-ROM.

Konica Minolta Vertical Control Grip VC-7D


One or two NP-400 lithium, six AA-size Ni-MH

Power source can be selected between the VC-7 D and Maxxum 7D using power-source switch.

Battery Performance (with Fresh Batteries)

Two NP-400 lithium

  • Approximately 800 frames. (CIPA measurement*1)
    Conforming to CIPA standard test method with a compact flash card.

  • Approximately 1200 frames (Konica Minolta measurement A*2)

  • Approximately 4000 frames (Konica Minolta measurement B*3)

Conditions: Anti-Shake: ON, Recording media: 512MB CompactFlash Card

*1: CIPA: Camera & Imaging Products Association

*2: Flash: OFF, other conditions are same as CIPA measurement.

*3: Drive mode: 5 frames continuous shooting, Flash ;OFF, Instant Playback: NO, other conditions are same as CIPA measurement.

Six AA-size Ni-MH (Rated at 2300mAh)

  • Approximately 300 frames. (CIPA measurement*1) Conforming to CIPA standard test method with a compact flash card.

  • Approximately 450 frames (Konica Minolta measurement A*2)

  • Approximately 1500 frames (Konica Minolta measurement B*3)

Conditions: Anti-Shake: ON, Recording media: 512MB CompactFlash Card

* 1:CIPA:Camera & Imaging Products Association

*2: Flash: OFF, other conditions are same as CIPA measurement.

*3: Drive mode: 5 frames continuous shooting, Flash ;OFF, Instant Playback: NO, other conditions are same as CIPA measurement.

Condition: Battery performance will vary with usage conditions

Dimensions (W x H x D)

5.71 x 3.17 x 1.89 inches ( 145 x 80.5 x 48mm )

Weight (Without Batteries)

9.35 ounces ( 265g )


Original Source Press Release:

Konica Minolta Introduces the Maxxum 7D - World's First Digital SLR Camera with Revolutionary Body-Integral, Anti-Shake Technology

New 6.1 megapixel interchangeable lens digital camera represents the culmination of the optical and photo-imaging expertise of two of the most respected names in photography

Mahwah, NJ (September 15, 2004) – Konica Minolta Photo Imaging U.S.A., Inc. today unveils the new Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D digital Single Lens Reflex (SLR) camera. This groundbreaking new 6.1-million-pixel resolution, interchangeable lens digital camera is the world's first digital SLR featuring a body-integral CCD-shift, Anti-Shake (camera-shake compensation) technology that combines enhanced picture quality, performance and improved handling characteristics. This new digital SLR also features a large, easy-to-view, high-definition 2.5-inch color LCD monitor and is compatible with virtually any Maxxum AF lens.

“Drawing on the tradition of technical expertise that gave birth to the Maxxum 7000, the world's first body-integral autofocus 35mm SLR camera, the RD-175, one of the world's first consumer-use digital SLR's, and the world's first washless photofinishing system, the NPS-1 Mini Lab, the Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D draws on more than a century of optical and photo-imaging expertise of two of the most respected names in photography,” said Todd Schrader, vice president of marketing for Konica Minolta Photo Imaging U.S.A., Inc . “In addition, the new Maxxum 7D also inherits the intuitive operating ease of the award-winning Maxxum 7 35mm SLR, and maintains full compatibility with Maxxum system lenses and accessories which is sure to please loyal Maxxum photographers around the world.”

Specifically designed to match the performance requirements of the camera's large 6-megapixel CCD, the Maxxum 7D's unique, built-in exclusive CCD shift-type Anti-Shake technology makes this new camera the first digital SLR to feature a body-integral Anti-Shake function. This system instantly and precisely shifts the CCD to compensate for camera motion. And it's so effective photographers can shoot at shutter speeds up to three steps slower than what they could use without it. So even in low light, photographers can keep their images clean and sharp, free of the image-degrading noise that creeps in when they boost ISO sensitivity. And because the mechanism is integrated directly into the Maxxum 7D's cameras body, it works with virtually any Maxxum AF lens – a major advantage for photographers when compared to bulky and expensive lens-based optical stabilization systems and software-based “digital correction systems” that can degrade image quality.

Konica Minolta's award-winning Anti-Shake technology provides images with reduced blur due to camera shake, even when shooting dimly lit scenes or when using telephoto lenses and shooting macro subjects without the aid of flash or a tripod.

The Maxxum 7D offers effective Anti-Shake protection with every lens* in the Maxxum AF line. Whether using telephoto, wide-angle, zoom, macro or standard, the system analyzes data on focal length, current aperture setting , and focusing distance so that it can optimize Anti-Shake performance to offer the highest level of protection.

* Except AF16mm Fish Eye and Macro Zoom 3x – 1x.

In addition, the camera also features a large, easy-to-view, high-definition 2.5-inch color LCD monitor housed on its back-plate. The large screen handles the tasks of menu navigation and image display, also providing shooting information and camera setting displays.

The New Maxxum 7D also features Konica Minolta's proprietary, CxProcess™ III image processing technology that delivers high-definition, natural-looking images. High speed image processing is achieved using the all-new Advanced LSI engine designed to help provide fast data handling for improved camera responsiveness and control.

In keeping with its acclaimed Maxxum film SLR counterpart, the Maxxum 7D inherits a similar, simple-to-use dial and lever operation system. Enhancing handling further, the new model also features a superbly-bright, easy-to-view, high-performance viewfinder designed to be comfortable and easy to use.

The new digital SLR also offers a comprehensive function set, designed to meet a diverse range of photographic challenges and user needs, complemented by a broad range of Maxxum accessories that give photographers a complete system back-up.

Note *1) As a lens-changeable digital SLR camera

About Konica Minolta Photo Imaging U.S.A., Inc.

Konica Minolta Photo Imaging U.S.A., Inc., headquartered in Mahwah, NJ, is the North American sales and marketing subsidiary of Konica Minolta Holdings, Inc. (Tokyo, Japan). On August 5, 2003 Konica Minolta Holdings, Inc. was formed to enhance both the competitive business capabilities and earning capacities of Konica Corporation and Minolta Co., Ltd.

Consumers around the world have come to know and trust the Konica and Minolta brands for all their imaging needs. Since the earliest days of the photo industry, Minolta and Konica have applied their talents and resources to create products and services that are essential to the world of imaging. Today, these efforts concentrate on the most important aspects of imaging: the quality of the images, the tools and methods for creating images, and the creation of environments for the application of images.

This focus on the essentials of imaging ties together the company's key business and consumer product lines. Konica Minolta Photo Imaging U.S.A., Inc. is a leading manufacturer and marketer of 35mm and Advanced Photo System film, single-use cameras, digital and 35mm film cameras, accessory lenses, binoculars, photographic and color measurement meters. In addition the company offers color print photo papers, inkjet photo paper, digital minilabs, digital film scanners, optical instruments, software and advanced imaging and sensing technologies. Konica Minolta Photo Imaging U.S.A., Inc. also provides wholesale photofinishing services and Internet imaging services. It is a complete imaging company, from input through output. For more information about Konica Minolta Photo Imaging U.S.A., Inc., its products and services, visit www.konicaminolta.us.

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