Discussion in 'General Equipment Chat & Advice' started by daveproctor, Oct 24, 2000.
Is this available yet and if so has anyone any experience of it?
We tested the Dynax 7 in the September 16 issue and it is an innovative camera with really useful gadgets - rather than gadgets for their own sake.
It's not the Dynax 9, but it is a smart, lightweight addition to the Minolta Dynax range and worth a viewing by anyone in the market for an AF SLR in the £600 price bracket.
Doug Harman: AP
Should I understand that Dynax 9 is still better than the new 7? I have carefully read the specifications for both cameras; Dynax 7 appears to be very innovative, with a lot of really useful "gadgets" as you said, facilities that Dynax 9 lacks. I am probably wrong, but except for the shortest exposure time, 1/12000 (truly amazing)instead of 1/8000, 9 is with nothing superior to 7.
What is your professional opinion? Can you kindly detail a little?
The Dynax 7 and 9 are designed as a mid-rage (the 7) and top-end professional (the 9) cameras respectively.
While the Dynax 7 has many great features, its build quality and handling characteristics are, in my view, infererior to the Dynax 9.
In simple terms the Dynax 7 has been designed to gain a march on its competitors like the Canon EOS 3 and the Nikon F90X and F100; with which it competes - because of the price bracket it falls into and its specification.
However, we awarded the Dynax 9 our AP Camera of the Year Award 2000 for a good reason - it's a darn good camera. And given that it aims to compete with the likes of the Nikon F5 and Canon EOS 1V - but is much less expensive - if you're in the game for a change of system then Minolta looks like a good bet to me.
Ultimately you 'pays yer money'. But there's another camera in the offing next year, Pentax's MZ-S. Lets see what the new Pentax's pro spec SLR has to offer. It looks really cool and could shake-up the market even more.
Doug Harman: AP
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