|Konica Minolta 5D - Large LCD monitor
The Konica Minolta 5D's startup time is very fast, as we would expect from current digital SLR cameras. Hardly any delay. Surprisingly enough you will hear the focus start working when activating the camera. And the fact that the on/off button is placed completely on the left needs some time to get adjusted to. Due to the fact that there is no separate LCD monitor with shooting information, which also counts for the Dynax 7D by the way, you get all the information on the screen on the back of the camera. And an abundance of information is given to you, in large characters. That is the advantage of a large 2.5-inch monitor, everything is rendered clearly and neatly. There is a choice between enhanced information, less enhanced information (with even larger characters) and black screen. And surprisingly; if you tilt the camera, the characters will tilt too, so at all times you will be able to read the text normally. There are sensors placed below the viewfinder that will detect whether you are using the viewfinder or not. As soon as a sensor is blocked, with your eye for example, the monitor will turn off automatically. Since it is impossible to look through the viewfinder and watch the monitor at the same time, the latter one might as well turn off. And it makes this energy saving function a clever innovation.
Konica Minolta Dynax 5D - Focus
The Konica Minolta Dynax 5D has a reasonable focus speed. The camera is not really a genius in this respect, which is also probably due to the lack of a USM lens. Konica Minolta haven't got such a lens type in their programme (yet). Focus is also audible but never disturbing. Focus uses nine areas situated around the centre of the viewfinder's view. I'd rather see a larger area, which prevents unnecessary turning or tilting of the camera and it also adds to the precision. Nevertheless the focus of the Dynax 5D is extremely precise and sharp means really sharp here.
|Dynax 5D SLR camera - Anti-Shake system
Unique of course is the Anti-Shake system. We have seen this system in other Konica Minolta models but I am still very much impressed by it. In particular because it works so simply and effectively. The sensor is able to move horizontally as well as vertically in order to compensate blur caused by jitter. You might gain three steps. And the most beautiful part about the Anti-Shake system is, that it's situated inside the camera, which makes it independent from the lens. Of course it's mainly long lenses that benefit from the Anti-Shake system, but it also comes in handy when using wide angle and macro. Due to the fact that a larger area has to be covered when the Anti-Shake is activated, the flash sync time will be a little slower. Without this image stabilisation the Dynax 5D has a flash synchronisation speed of 1/160s, and with the stabilisation activated it's 1/125s. The difference therefore is not insuperably large.
Konica Minolta Dynax 5D - Optical viewfinder
The optical viewfinder of the Dynax 5D is small, but fine. Of course it is not that large because of the crop factor, but Konica Minolta did the utmost to obtain a good view. Moreover the viewfinder also offers a sufficient amount of information. Even on the effect of the AntiShake system. The amount of stripes show you what effect the image stabilisation will have.
Konica Minolta 5D - CompactFlash memory card
Images are stored on a CompactFlash memory card. Writing the files onto the card does take quite a while, especially in RAW format. The images however are speedily shown after capturing them. Also a lot of information is given here, but only if you have selected the enhanced version. Naturally a histogram is available on the 5D. And to check the sharpness one can zoom in profoundly. The large size of the monitor again proves to come in handy here. It is of high quality, and I can't think of any other comment!