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Konica-Minolta Dynax 5D | Digital Camera Review | Storage and Energy
The Konica Minolta Dynax 5D uses the same storage medium and power as the Konica Minolta 7D. This is great for when you are using both cameras at the same time. Or when swapping from the Dynax 5D to the Dynax 7D. It really is an advantage when the manufacturer produces consistent products or you'd be left with a heap of wasted accessories and lose the overview. This in the end might even make you lose interest. Konica Minolta has chosen the CompactFlash memory card as storage medium and the familiar Lithium-ion battery. The CompactFlash is a logical choice for the Dynax 5D. This type of memory card is widely available in many different capacities. It might be wise to purchase a fast card like the SanDisk Extreme III because of the large file sizes. If you only shoot in JPEG a 512MB card will offer sufficient storage capacity. But for RAW and especially RAW+JPEG a memory card with at least 1GB of storage capacity is definitely advisable. View the table below, considering a 512MB memory card.
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Dynax 5D - SanDisk Extreme III CompactFlash memory card
For many years now, the CompactFlash memory card is possessing a considerable market share. Once put on the market by SanDisk, when 64MB seemed out of reach for most consumers, we now witness an assortment of CompactFlash memory cards at which 8GB has become a realistic storage capacity. Over the last few years, besides the standard CompactFlash, a number of new series of CompactFlash cards has appeared. The most recently introduced, and fastest memory card at the same time, is the SanDisk Extreme series of memory cards. These extremely fast memory cards are equipped with advanced techniques which enables them to reach speeds as fast as 20 megabytes per second. Above all the combination of a digital reflex camera like the Konica Minolta Dynax 5D and a fast memory card makes working with high resolution images extra pleasant.

Considering a storage capacity of 512MB:
RAW - 3008x2000 pixels - 53 images
RAW + JPEG large - 3008x2000 pixels - 39 images
RAW + JPEG medium - 3008x2000 / 2256x1496 pixels - 44 images
RAW + JPEG small - 3008x2000 / 1504x1000 pixels - 48 images
JPEG large - extra fine - 3008x2000 pixels - 82 images
JPEG large - fine - 3008x2000 pixels - 163 images
JPEG large - standard - 3008x2000 pixels - 277 images
JPEG medium - extra fine - 2256x1496 pixels - 145 images
JPEG medium - fine - 2256x1496 pixels - 282 images
JPEG medium - standard - 2256x1496 pixels - 470 images
JPEG small - extra fine - 1504x1000 pixels - 314 images
JPEG small - fine - 1504x1000 pixels - 584 images
JPEG small - standard - 1504x1000 pixels - 926 images
Konica Minolta 5D - Transferring images & USB 2.0
Unfortunately the buffer of the Dynax 5D is rather limited, it fills up with only three images in RAW, and that amount is reached in no-time. Writing the images on the memory card takes about 2-3 seconds, that's why we'd advise you to use a faster memory card like the SanDisk Extreme III CompactFlash memory card. Standard CompactFlash cards are slower in processing the captured images. The speedy USB 2.0 High Speed connection enables transferring images to a computer. However an (external) card reader would save the battery life of the camera. As far as speed is concerned it hardly makes any difference at all.

Konica Minolta Dynax 5D - Lithium-ion battery
The Lithium-ion battery of the Konica Minolta Dynax 5D is an old acquaintance, it's the same one that is used with the Dynax 7D and except for some contact points it's also identical to the batteries Canon uses, among other brands. Still I find it a pity that the contact points are different, a standardisation for batteries would be appreciated. It would make things easier and cheaper for the consumer. The energy of one battery load is pretty much in order, some hundreds of photos can be taken with it. Of course it depends on how often you use the monitor. And it's of great importance to condition the battery first. Which means you firstly have to empty the battery completely, for example by leaving it inside the camera and leaving the camera on before you recharge it again.
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