|Konica Minolta Dynax 5D review : The Japanese company Konica Minolta is one of the last leading camera manufacturers to put an affordable digital SLR on the market. Currently they are doing their best to catch up and overtake their competitors. Not only by putting an excellent model on the digital camera market, but also by rapidly introducing a cheaper entry-level model. After all the Konica Minolta Dynax 5D was already announced within a year after the appearance of the Dynax 7D digital reflex camera. Annoying detail for Konica Minolta is the fact that right after the introduction of their Dynax D5 another 5D type (Canon EOS 5D) was put on the digital reflex market, although this camera is found in a totally different segment of the market.
Konica Minolta Dynax 5D - Features
The Konica Minolta 5D is more than a stripped down version of the Dynax 7D. It's lacking a few functions alright and the Dynax 5D D-SLR is actually a bit smaller but it is in fact a full digital reflex camera. One that at least on paper can match with its competitors. The Konica Minolta boasts a few important features. Firstly the large 2.5-inch monitor that we find more and more on digital cameras of other brands too. And even more important; the Anti-Shake system. This offers the 5D reflex camera a built-in image stabilisation, independent from the lens used on the camera. Thanks to the image stabilisation, shutter speeds with 2 to 3 more steps are enabled without the chance of blur caused by jitter of the photographer's hand. This doesn't only come in handy for sports photographers but also in common photography. A strong trump!
Konica Minolta 5D for the starting photographer
It's obvious that Konica Minolta is aiming the Dynax 5D at the starting photographer. For ages now this is the sector in which Konica Minolta appear the strongest. Many photographers have possessed a Konica Minolta in their lives, or in earlier days just Minolta. The brand carries on steadily but strongly and refuses to be rushed by competing brands. Konica Minolta's models are a little unusual and more than once Konica Minolta has been the leader in developing new techniques. Although lately other brands also seem to have taken the lead in this matter. The Anti-Shake system I just mentioned is a good example of the successful innovations of the Konica Minolta brand. Konica Minolta can also be looked upon as the founder of the well-known icon modes. You used to have to insert a special card into the camera to be able to use the modes. At the time people tend to make fun of it, but the icons are now fully integrated in the system and frequently used with great ease. Especially by the target group that will also warmly welcome the Dynax 5D D-SLR; the enhanced photographer does like to have a choice in aperture settings and manual mode.
Konica Minolta Dynax 5D digital SLR camera
You could say that the Dynax 5D is the third Konica Minolta digital SLR camera. One tends to forget that Konica Minolta, when they were still called Minolta, already pioneered with a digital reflex in the nineties, in cooperation with Agfa. It wasn't a very practical camera and it was rather massive and hard too handle. The Konica Minolta Dynax 5D is showing the result of the developments after the first one, achieved in a relatively short time span. And for a price that stays below a thousand euros. A trifle amount compared to the more than ten thousand guilders that had to be paid for the ActionCam.
Konica Minolta 5D digital camera review
I was one of the first to try out the Konica Minolta Dynax 5D for a longer period of time which gave me the opportunity to thoroughly test this D-SLR camera and to form an opinion about it. The results are found in this Konica Minolta Dynax 5D digital camera review.
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