Minolta 5d vs 7d, what are differences?

Discussion in 'Minolta' started by Philip Procter, Oct 28, 2005.

  1. After years with Minolta SLR's I've chosen to add a digital SLR to my
    system (I already own an A2). What I can't find out easily is: What
    are the differences between the 5D and the much more expensive 7D?
    The KM site has a list of the features, but with too much marketing
    verbiage and crap which obfuscates the truth.

    What I'm after are things like: Are the sensors the same, do they use
    the same processing software, Is the anti-shake mechanism the same,

    Does anyone know if any of the mags has done a side-by-side
    comparison? I have no local Minolta dealer (nor Canon, Nikon or
    Olympus, for that matter!)

    Philip Procter, Oct 28, 2005
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  2. I have a 7D and love it!

    From what I have read, the 5D has the same sensor and anti-shake system
    used in the 7D, the biggest differences are:

    * many of the physical controls have been moved to menus.
    * smaller buffer, roughly half the number of shots in burst modes.
    * roof mirror vs. pentaprism viewfinder.
    * 115,000 vs 230,000 pixels on the 2.5" LCD.
    * no vertical control grip option (?)

    Bob ^,,^
    Bob Harrington, Oct 28, 2005
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    Pete D Guest

    Pete D, Oct 28, 2005
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    Mark Cutler Guest

    Note that there is a $200 rebate program on the 7D, effective through
    the end of the year. Thus, the price difference is much smaller than
    you might think.

    Mark Cutler
    Mark Cutler, Oct 28, 2005
  5. Go to a shop, have a look at the 5D and the 7D. Theres a big difference in
    handling, size, weight and size of viewfinder.

    Dont buy a camera for hundreds of dollars without touching it first.

    Thomas Müller, Oct 29, 2005
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    Alan Browne Guest

    Do a side by side at dpreview to get started. They are very similar.

    The main benefit of the 7D is that ALL photographic controls are on
    dials, knobs, switches, etc., whereas on the 5D some functions take two
    steps to get to them. 7D is easier to use in this sense.

    Both have the same sensor; the 5D has a more recent image processor ...
    this may be to make the results more "pleasing" to the casual shooter.

    If you're a "A", "S" or "P" mode shooter, the 5D should be excellent.
    If you're a "M" shooter, then the 7D would be more appropriate.

    Alan Browne, Oct 29, 2005
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