Konica Minolta Dynax 5D digital reflex camera
Very soon after the well appreciated Dynax 7D Konica Minolta introduced an entry-level model: the Konica Minolta Dynax 5D. The 5D D-SLR is without doubt a very interesting digital reflex camera. Not only for those who are already in the possession of an assortment of Konica Minolta lenses. Also for those who have no reflex camera available at this moment, it will be a good idea to go and take a look at the Konica Minolta shop window for the Dynax 5D. The Konica Minolta Dynax 5D D-SLR is a fully equipped camera that is able to lift the user's photographic skills to a higher level.
Konica Minolta 5D camera - User friendly
The Konica Minolta Dynax 5D is a camera that is easy operable for anybody. It might look complicated because of the extensive amount of buttons. But you will learn to appreciate this abundance and soon you wonder why everybody has to start searching in the menu. Also adding to the user-friendliness is the huge 2.5-inch monitor that offers the user enhanced information, in large characters that are easy to read. The Dynax 5D camera may have a plastic touch to it, it doesn't make it less solid. And the material makes the Dynax 5D light-weighted so it's no problem at all carrying the camera with you wherever you go.
Konica Minolta Dynax 5D - CCD image sensor
As far as performance is concerned, the 5D D-SLR almost equals its bigger brother the Dynax 7D or its closest competitors. The CCD image sensor delivers a beautiful image. Also colour rendition is excellent. Maybe a little saturated but that is a matter of taste and saturation can be adjusted inside the camera or through the software. Konica Minolta certainly deserves a compliment for the manual white balance, the easy way of adjusting is superb. The sharpening is exactly right and the JPEG images hardly suffer from any artifacts.
Dynax 5D D-SLR - Internal image buffer
I am less fond of the internal image buffer of the camera. It is rather restricted and writing the images onto the memory card just takes too long to be able to work pleasantly. That is, if you're more into action photography in stead of a single landscape shot or portraits. When shooting landscapes you won't encounter any problems. The auto focus might not be the fastest one, but performs satisfactory for most situations. Remarkable fact is that the pioneer in auto focus stays a little behind other brands.
Konica Minolta 5D makes photography a pleasure
The Konica Minolta Dynax 5D does not suffer from noise, not even at high sensitivities. So you can easily use high sensitivities. And in combination with the unsurpassed Anti-Shake system it means that you can keep on photographing straight from your hand for a long time. No need to burden yourself with tripods or flashes. During the period of testing the Konica Dynax 5D became a pleasant companion. I have thoroughly enjoyed working with the 5D. Things like the neatly arranged buttons, the ease of operation, the Anti-Shake are all aspects that make photographing a pleasure. And I am convinced that I am not the only person liking the Konica Minolta 5D. Konica Minolta has put a fine product on the market, with an affordable price. Especially combined with the Konica Minolta AF DT 18-70mm f/3.5-5.6 D lens with its small image circle specifically developed for digital reflexes, makes the Dynax 5D an extremely attractive product and not only for novices!
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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