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Konica-Minolta Dynax 5D | Digital Camera Review | Adjustments
With a price that stays below thousand Euros, the Konica Minolta 5D is clearly aiming at the beginning photographer. So everything needs to be as simple and straightforward as possible. Though the camera must also offer enhanced possibilities to enable the growth of the user's photographic skills. The Konica Minolta certainly meets these requirements. It is equipped with a fully automatic mode at which you don't need to control anything up until a fully manual mode that lets you control the camera in every way. Inclusive enhanced white balance settings. The Dynax 5D D-SLR certainly is an extremely complete camera, that you can buy when you are a beginner wanting to improve your photographic skills. Or it's a perfect second camera to use in combination with the Dynax 7D.
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Konica Minolta Dynax 5D - Metering
The main settings on the Dynax 5D are directly accessible which I find very pleasant. A separate button is the Function button. It lets you adjust light metering, sharpening and colour space amongst other things. Issues that usually need to be approached through the menu. As far as light metering is concerned; many possibilities are available. And I suppose that multi-segment (matrix) metering will be used generally and that is okay since it does its job perfectly. One who likes a more precise metering can also use spot metering or centre weighted metering. Certainly the spot metering requires some skills and seems to be more of a tool for the enhanced photographer. If exposure lock is used, you can choose to either store the metering in the memory or keep on pressing the button.

Konica Minolta 5D - (continuous) Auto focus
The auto focus of the Dynax 5D camera features four settings. Of course we find single auto and continuous auto focus on it. But besides that, the Konica Minolta Dynax 5D features a mode in which the camera itself detects the movement and automatically switches from single to continuous. The fourth mode is not an actual auto focus but Direct Manual Focus. It lets you adjust the automatic focus by turning the focus ring on the lens. Very useful when shooting at sports events when the subject can not always be tracked precisely by the auto focus.

Konica Minolta D-SLR camera - Colour profiles
The user of the 5D D-SLR is also offered a broad choice of colour spaces. Besides the frequently used sRGB, the broader Adobe RGB is available. This colour space is especially useful when images are edited afterwards. AdobeRGG has a wider range of colours shades and therefore colours can be rendered more precise. Rather striking is that you can choose to either include or exclude the colour profile. A profile saves the colour that fits an RGB value, is a short explanation. So why wouldn't you want to add the profile? I find it rather annoying when a profile is not included. The program doesn't know how to 'read' the colours then.

Dynax 5D - White balance
The white balance on the Konica Minolta Dynax 5D deserves to be mentioned separately. It's extremely easy to adjust and set white balance. You just turn the button to auto, pre-programmed, Kelvin or a required value. When the button is in pre-programmed white balance, press the WB (White Balance) in the centre and the command dial on the front lets you choose any value. It seems complicated but in fact it is very simple and it works wonders.
What I am particularly fond of is the way of selecting your own white balance value. Setting the button to required value, press the white balance in the centre, push the release button, and there you go, just created your own white balance. As simple as that. No fussing with taking a picture first, and then rendering it and selecting the correct white balance. I'd like to find a manual white balance this easy on every camera! Not only on the Dynax 5D. Just as well the manual balance is not complicated because auto white balance has a tendency to deviate and also pre-programmed auto balance is not always correct. Given the fact that manual white balance is that quick and easy, as a consequence pre-programmed will be used less often.

Konica Minolta 5D - ISO sensitivity range
ISO sensitivity ranges from ISO 80 up to ISO 3200, a wide range. So in combination with the Anti-Shake system there won't be a need for the use of an external flash. Also the digital noise is not obviously present. Up to ISO 200 the Dynax 5D doesn't suffer from any noise, values from ISO 800 show some noise but only if you check the images in Photoshop at 100%. You must realise that you are then facing a very large print. If you want to see noise, you will see it. In practise the prints turn out just fine.

Konica Minolta Dynax 5D - Edit images
Standard sharpening is okay, adjustable to one's own taste. However, a program like Photoshop is preferred to edit images afterwards. Certainly Adobe Photoshop CS2 offers excellent control with Smart Sharpening. Most images taken during testing the Dynax 5D were stored in RAW file. This means you are offered possibilities to edit afterwards. Konica Minolta delivers Dimage Lite software on a CD-rom with the Dynax 5D. It works fine, but doesn't equal Adobe Camera RAW, from version 3.2 the program also lets you convert photos made by the Konica Minolta Dynax 5D. The JPEG images are of a good quality but again, they don't equal RAW. JPEG doesn't suffer from artifacts quickly, unless you use a too large compression.

Dynax 5D digital camera - Menu
A few settings aren't accessible through a button but have to be accessed through the menu which is well-organised and clear. The menu of the Dynax 5D DSLR is available in many different languages. If you have worked with a Konica Minolta camera before you will immediately recognize the menu. It contains several tab pages, every one of them consisting of one page. It saves you from scrolling too much. The large screen enables huge characters which makes them easy to read. The menu also lets you store images in files per day. Very useful when you work with the same memory card for a few days and when you want to check which photos you took on a certain day.
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