Konica Minolta 5D Review
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Konica Minolta Dynax 5D review
Konica Minolta Dynax 5D Digital Camera Preview
Written by Dennis Hissink
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Dynax 5D - Features
The Konica Minolta Dynax 5D digital SLR camera enhances camera reliability through its strong build quality. The body feels solid and is constructed using sturdy glass fiber plastic, making it lighter and smaller than the Konica Minolta Dynax 7D by about 22% in volume. The new ergonomic design features a functional rubber grip that provides a perfect hand fit.

The back of the camera features a large 2.5-inch LCD display. We are enthusiastic about the fact that finally manufacturers acknowledge the demand of the consumer; bigger displays! The large display provides a better view for photos. The large 2.5-ich display is also needed to navigate through the camera's menu. A nice handy feature is that the Konica Minolta Dynax 5D lets the display automatically switch to a horizontal or vertical format when shooting 'upright;' formats. A simple, but very convenient function. It even lets you adjust the size of the on-screen text.

Konica Minolta Dynax 5D offers a large high quality 2.5-inch display
Konica Minolta Dynax 5D offers a large high quality 2.5-inch display
Color, White balance bracketing Image adjustment and Creative control
Konica Minolta Dynax 5D Color, White balance bracketing Konica Minolta Dynax 5D Image adjustment and Creative control
Konica Minolta Dynax 5D Color, White balance bracketing Konica Minolta 5D Image adjustment and Creative control
The Konica Minolta Dynax 5D is not just an entry-level digital SLR camera, it offers a lot of innovative features. In addition to the automatic white balance (AWB), custom white balance and color temperature settings, the Konica Minolta Dynax 5D offers creative freedom with CC (Color Compensation) filter effects and Color Temperature fine-tuning in 100K increments. And, the camera's G9 (Green) to M9 (Magenta) range enables precise white balance adjustments for difficult lighting situations. The White-balance bracketing function lets you take a shot in different color temperature settings with two options for your desired color temperature range. Based on the range the Konica Minolta Dynax 5D simultaneously records 3 frames per shutter.

Inherited from its big brother, Dynax 7D, Zone Matching extends CCD dynamic range and adjusts tone curves to ensure the most precise reproduction of gradations and suppresses noise in low-lighting shots. Using the high-key mode keeps the fine details in high-lights in its original glory. In comparison, low-key mode, captures the detail in difficult 'dark' exposures without noise interference.
The Konica Minolta offers comprehensive image adjustment by offering five convenient options (Digital Subject Program Selector); portrait, sports, landscape, evening sunset view, and night view. Using the exposure mode dial, simply select an appropriate option for your chosen scene, and the Konica Minolta Dynax5D will automatically select an appropriate exposure control, AF mode, and image-processing program. This function makes it quick and easy for anyone to take beautiful shots without the need for complicated settings.

Another function that will give you more room for creativity is the Digital Effect Control. This function lets you select an option among ten scene types, edit the parameters to your preferences, and then store the settings. Once a scene is selected, the Konica Minolta Dynax5D D-SLR automatically sets appropriate image processing and image quality parameters. The exposure can then be manually selected so you can customize the contrast and sharpness saturation parameters within five steps from the default values to create the exact look you want.

Depth-of-Field Exposure compensation Self-timer
Konica Minolta 5D Depth-of-Field Dynax 5D Exposure compensation Konica Minolta 5D Self-timer
Konica Minolta 5D Depth-of-Field
Dynax 5D Exposure compensation
Konica Minolta 5D Self-timer
The aperture controls depth of field; the area in front of the camera that appears in focus. The smaller the aperture, the greater the depth of field. Depth-of-Field preview sets the lens aperture to the setting used in the exposure so the affect of depth of field can be seen in the viewfinder. The way it works is as simple as pushing a button. Press the shutter release button partway down to lock the focus and exposure. Press the depth-of-field button on the front of the camera to stop down the aperture.
On the back of the Konica Minolta Dynax 5D, next to the AEL button you find a button for exposure compensation. Often while using auto recording, P, A or S exposure or even a digital scene program the exposure needs some compensation. To do so, just press and hold the exposure compensation button, and turn the control dial placed in the grip of the camera. On the 2.5-inch display and in the viewfinder you will find the degree of compensation displayed.
Of course a self-timer is also one of the many functions and features of the Dynax 5D digital SLR. To use it is simple. Activate the self-timer, compose the picture and press the shutter button partway down to lock the focus and exposure. Push it all the way down to start the self-timer. The countdown begins indicated by the self-timer lamp and accompanied by audio signals. You can also turn off the audio signals. There is also a two-second self-timer which will just fire without any signal prior to the shot taken.
Function button White Balance
Konica Minolta 5D Function button Konica Minolta 5D White Balance
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Editor's comment:
"Turn on the Konica Minolta Dynax 5D, make sure you have activated the Anti-Shake technology, and be amazed in what difficult lighting conditions you will be able to get that shot. Owners of the prosumers digital cameras like the DiMAGE A2 already dealt with the anti-shake technology, but now we can (finally) welcome Konica Minolta's first entry-level digital SLR camera with the same innovative feature..."
Konica Minolta 5D Function button
Konica Minolta 5D White Balance
Next to the exposure compensation button you will find the Function (Fn) button. This button covers important settings like AF area, focus mode, metering mode, flash compensation, color mode, and Digital Effects Control. There are 3 areas to choose from; Wide AF area, Spot AF area and Focus area selection. Focus modes contain Single-shot AF, Automatic AF and Continuous AF. The Color mode controls what the image looks like as well as the color space. This mode can only be selected in P, A, S and M exposure modes.
On the left of camera, looking from the back side, there is a big steer wheel placed with functions like white balance. To be short, for an entry-level digital SLR like the Dynax 5D is, the white balance settings are quite impressive. Beside Auto white balance you can select Preset white balance (for a specific light source), Custom white balance (for a specific lighting situation) or Color temperature (for a specific color temperature). The Preset white balance exists of six settings; Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent and Flash.
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