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ghiri Jun 25, 2002 2:10 PM

Dimage 7i vs. Nikon 5700
Can anyone comment on the lag time between pressing the shutter button and the actual time it takes for the camera to take the photo? I have a Sony Mavica that is very slow so what you see is not what you get. People walk right out of the frame. Which camera is faster? Dimage 7i or Nikon 5700? Also any other comments that could help me pick between these two cameras would be welcome. Thanks. Ghiri

NHL Jun 25, 2002 5:08 PM

With most digicams one has to pre-focus first (or manual focus) to achieve the instantaneous shutter press, but anyway here's some links:

D7i speed results

D7 Action Shots

sjms Jul 3, 2002 12:33 PM

d7i vs 5700
i think it depends on if you like to shoot wide or long. the 7i has the equivelent of a 28-200 where the 5700 has the eq to a 35-280. it seems that there is a trend toward long. this means a need for a tripod for a light camera with a long (280mm eq) lens. i am well past 30 and i don't quite hold my camera as steady as i used to. i also like to shoot wide and close the 28 is good, though i would love a 24 or 20. needless to say i own the 7i. my regular film gear is Nikon f5, n90s with lenses from 20mm to 450mm. oh yeah 1 manfrotto 3021pro and 1 gitzo carbon tripod with a arca swiss ball head for the shakes.:)

[Edited on 7-7-2002 by sjms]

DWalley Jul 8, 2002 9:18 PM

How do you like the Macro on the 7i? Does it work well even though you dont have to get real close to the subject? I know on the 5700 it says it can focus down to 1.2 inches or so. Does distance really matter? Also I have a PhotoSmart 1115 printer with the CF reader. Will this printer read that CF ok? And can I use the printer to read an IBM microdrive or do they have their own adaptor?

NHL Jul 8, 2002 10:22 PM

I also use my Photosmart to download from the microdrive, no adapter is necessary. It's just no quite as fast as my Mindstor with a firewire interface though... I normally just hit the save button on the printer and walk away until all the pictures are downloaded.

DWalley Jul 8, 2002 11:19 PM

I wonder if my PS 1115 will work with the Microdrive. If I get the 340MB microdrive how many photos can I expect? If you where to compare the Dimage 7i to the Sony DCS F707 which would be best?
I have a Nikon N70 with 20-80 and 70-210 lens for my film cameras. I thought I wanted the Nikon 5700 but right now they are quite expensive. Almost 350.00 more than the Minolta.

DWalley Jul 8, 2002 11:21 PM

Is the firmware free with the Dimage 7i? That is if I ever have to download it.

sjms Jul 9, 2002 12:41 AM

firmware UD
in december 2001 minolta released a firmware update for the D7. there was no charge because there were no new features added. fixes and tweaks only. now the new firmware being made available for $49 is pretty much a whole new os for the D7. substantial new capabilities are added. pretty cool stuff. one of them being no longer having to through every picture thru the DIVU for color correction. they will also have the v2.0 DIVU available at additional cost also. i have it. it comes with the 7i. cleaner interface. greater use of the standard windows interface. i think together they're about $79 on CD plus the standard shipping charges. i have no doubt that any tweaks/fixes will be gratis after that until they turn it inside out again

sjms Jul 9, 2002 12:50 AM

it works pretty well. remember its similar to a 200 macro on a 35mm which means its still a 200 that focuses real, real close but you get to step back a bit. my old oly 50 macro i could get so close it almost became a shovel. its a matter of ratios and depth of field. at least on ths camera you get 2 choices. at what zoom level is 5700 setting their macro? just remember no one camera has it all. thats why ther are slr's. the only real problem there is the lens conversation factors. shoot and enjoy. don't trip over too much of the tech. of course if macro is your thing call both companies and get more details then are published.

[Edited on 7-9-2002 by sjms]

NHL Jul 9, 2002 6:19 AM


I wouldn't buy the 340Mb over the 1G. It's less energy efficient since it's an older design (but quicker @ startup). Beside the reason you get the microdrive is for convenience... you don't want to be swapping the drive in and out on location (more chance for dropping), but leave it inside the camera until the end of the day when you are relax and ready to review the pictures or downloading them...

Figure about 2.3-2.7Mb/picture, the D7 counter estimates to about 420 frames for the 1G microdrive, but I've gone beyond that... It depends on the contrast/detail of each picture. The 340Mb will get you about 140-150 pictures slightly more than a 256Mb CF flash, that's why I recommend the 1G...

[Edited on 7-9-2002 by NHL]

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