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This camera had the usual Program AE, Shutter priority AE, Aperture priority AE and metered manual exposure modes (standard on the 7000), TTL autoflash (like the Minolta 7000) and added a newer faster and more sensitive AF system, faster shutter speed (1/4000s), faster film advance (3 frame/s), new flash hot-shoe that was incompatible with the older flash system. The 7000i supported the Minolta AF lens system, and other accessories such as the remote cords.
Mount type: A-mount
Supported lenses classic
AF sensors 3 line
AF range [EV] 0 – 18
AF modes AF-A
AF assist light
Metering modes 6 segments, center-weighted, spot
Metering range [EV] (with spot) 0 – 20
Auto Exposure Lock button
Exposure modes P with shift, A, S, M
Subject programs cards
Exposure compensation [stops] (steps [stops]) ± 4 (1/2)
Flash shoe type iISO
Accessory shoe cap SC-7
Flash modes normal Read More
Review by Rob
The 7000i is a bit of an oddity in the way that it deals with what we now know as "scene position" or custom modes. Instead of turning a command dial on the top of the camera, you pop small memory cards into a slot on the side of the camera - not exactly the fastest way of changing the settings on your camera, but this was cutting edge technology when the camera was released back in 1988...
Remember that the auto-focus lenses on these cameras work on Sony dSLRs (Minolta was swallowed up by Sony a number of years ago), so they're always worth buying if the price is right.
I've loaded this example with some colour Kodak film and passed it onto my son Oliver - if you remember the story I've told in the past about the Minolta I never got as a kid, you'll know why!
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