Even at £900 this is a bit of a bargain for a semi-pro camera but our tip is to wait for the imminent arrival of the Dynax 5D/lens kit package
This is the perfect SLR for those who like their cameras big and chunky. The masses of knobs and dials on the exterior will terrify beginners but experienced users will love not having to faff around with menus.
The picture quality is good but not exceptional, though that anti-shake system is handy in low light. The camera’s build quality is fabulous, the switchgear is super-solid, and you get a big, fat, 2.5-inch LCD on the back.
Konica Minolta has been unbelievably tardy when it comes to punting out affordable digital zoom lenses, with retailers tending to put together their own lens kits. You can get a 28-100mm bundle with the 7D - it isn’t ideal but dosn't usually cost much more than $300 extra. In the interests of hassle reduction, we reckon it’s worth the outlay.
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