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Old Sep 6, 2002, 8:11 AM   #1
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New Black 7Hi specs

Building on the popular DiMAGE 7i, the DiMAGE 7Hi adds these features:
PC Sync built-in.
Color space selectable for each picture.
Color profile embedded in output image file.
Extra Fine Mode with a compression ratio of 1/2.5 (no ECON. mode).
15 second shutter speed in Manual mode.
Improved high-speed continuous advance (2560x1920):
Up to 10 frames at 3fps in Fine.
Up to 7 frames at 3fps in Extra Fine
Up to 5 frames at 3 fps in RAW
High-grade, black finish.
Rubber grip for easier holding.
Supports PIM II

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Old Sep 6, 2002, 9:12 AM   #2
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oh thanks- just what i needed another one to look foward to wanting
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Old Sep 6, 2002, 10:05 AM   #3
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Padeye & You are the ones complaining about the black professional look...:P

It does look like it has some high-speed capability though, especially in RAW! BTW Photokina is still several weeks away...

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I'm okay with a silver camera but let'e face it the finish makes it look like plastic. The extra fine mode, I'm presuming a less compressed JPG, and ability to shoot raw and fast intrigue me as does the built in PC connector. I wonder if the buffering allow you to shoot RAW more quickly in single shot drive mode? I won't be jumping to trade my trusty D7 just yet but it's obvious Minolta is listening.
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Maybe we can get some of these features in the 7i through a firmware upgrade?
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Old Sep 6, 2002, 12:20 PM   #6
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extrafine compression 2.5 to 1
raw at 3fps for 5 frames(looks like multi shot mode to me with that statement)
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It's clear that it's a drive mode but would be nice if the camera made use of the buffer during normal shooting to reduce the time between RAW shots. It takes away from the spontaneousness of the moment when you have to wait for a camera.
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It's clear that the 7Hi makes use of a buffer (probably large). How else can it store 3fps in RAW? IE 3 x 9.5Mb = 28.5Mb of data in 1s (up to 5 frames, or 47.5Mb of data total!) that's when one has to wait for the camera to empty the buffer. The current D7 can only do 1 frame, and the fastest CF or Microdrive transfer is only around 4~5 Mb/[email protected] the ATA speed! The key here is how long is this wait? since even with the best dSLR it's still only 1/2 of what the CF standard is capable of:
http://www.dpreview.com/articles/mediacompare/

We already know that the D7 is MIPS based and use another custom circuit to offload some of the image processing. Also notice how the GUI on the Minolta are way finer than some of the cruder graphical icons on competing cameras, so they can also incorporate a true IDE controller in this ASIC rather than relying on the firmware and the processor to do the handshaking with the Flash or Microdrive interface. The wait time between buffer flush will tell the whole story once this timing is available...

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The D7Hi will be officially announced on 9/10 at 7am so you won't have to wait too long to get all the specs

9/10/02: It's now official, all info and full specs can be found right here:

<a href="http://www.steves-digicams.com/pr/minolta_09102002_pr.html">Minolta DiMAGE 7Hi press release</a>

<a href="http://www.steves-digicams.com/2002_reviews/dimage7hi.html">Minolta DiMAGE 7Hi First Look</a>

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Thank for the info Steve - You must have a D7Hi to play with I bet.

As a designer, it's quite logical to see the progress on this camera: First Minolta improved the D7i over the D7 by swapping in a faster processor. Now they are addressing the 2nd major building block which is the companion ASIC for processing the pictures. Increasing just the memory size to 64Mbyte would probably have been too easy, and they could have done it on the D7i. My gut feel is they must have redesigned this chip with this spin (a firmware upgrade is rather unlikely this time around). Now if they really have put in an ATApi interface on this ASICs, it would put the D7Hi in a different league...

Since Minolta doesn't have any dSLR sale to protect yet, it seems to me like they are trying really hard to capture the high-end prosumer cameras market, just remember last year when the D7 came out (the E20 was then it's really only competition).

... BTW the only other major building block left to improve on this camera is an improved CCD! (but so what? 5Mp resolution is already more than most people would ever need, plus I tend to come back from each week long vacation with 5G+ of data already!)

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