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Friday, Oct 14, 2005

Konica Minolta Maxxum 5D / Dynax 5D Review - Steves Digicams

Konica Minolta Maxxum 5D / Dynax 5DThe Konica Minolta MAXXUM 5D (called the Dynax 5D in other market areas) digital Single Lens Reflex (SLR) camera is a 6.1-million-pixel, interchangeable lens digital camera. This high-performance interchangeable-lens digital SLR camera inherits the revolutionary technology of the award winning Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D – the world’s first digital SLR with built-in Anti-Shake technology and CCD Shift mechanism that is compatible with all Maxxum autofocus (AF) lenses including Konica Minolta’s recently introduced Digital Technology “DT” lenses.

The Maxxum 5D ensures photo-imaging excellence using Konica Minolta’s proprietary Anti-Shake Technology, which employs an exclusive CCD-Shift mechanism to compensate for blurring caused by camera shake – even when taking photos in dimly lit scenes, in natural light with a telephoto lens, or in macro shots where extra stability is vital for a sharp shot. This innovative Anti-Shake Technology not only provides the equivalent correction effect with a shutter speed 2 to 3 stops slower, but also compatibility with any Maxxum system AF lenses.

The 5D’s shooting performance is robust and competitive in the amateur dSLR market. From power-on till the first image was captured measured a mere 1 second; waking the 5D up from its power-saving sleep mode took about the same amount of time. Shutter lag, the delay between depressing the shutter and capturing the image, averaged about 1/10 second when pre-focused, and between 3/10 and 4/10 second including auto focus time, depending on the degree of focus change required. Shot-to-shot delay averaged 1.1 second in both single and continuous AF; using the internal flash, the shot-to-shot interval grew to between 1.4 and 3.7 seconds depending on subject distance.

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