Minolta Dynax 7000i

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In 1988 Minolta launched the second series of SLR camera bodies with the Minolta AF mount. The Dynax 7000i (Maxxum 7000i in USA, α-7700i in Japan), the first in the series, has a less chiseled body design than its predecessor the Minolta 7000. Form designer for this camera was the German Hans Muth. A remarkable design element is a slope upon the ergonomic grip which bears the camera's LCD display. The camera has an improved autofocus with two horizontal AF sensors and one vertical AF sensor which together can be switched from static to continuous or continuous predictive focusing. Autofocus can be supported by a built-in support light. Metering is not center-weighted but focused on the image area where one of the AF sensors spots the subject. EV 0-21 can be measured by the exposure system, which uses a six-zone photo diode and an additional photo diode for flash metering, both for TTL metering. The camera has a fast focal plane shutter for speeds from 30 sec. to 1/4000 sec., plus B mode and flash sync from 1/20 to 1/125 seconds. Exposure correction of ±4 stops can be set. The camera offers a choice of programs and modes: Automatic exposure program, shutter priority mode, aperture priority mode, manual mode and "program-shift". Further programs are availabe as chip cards.

The camera was the first with Minolta's proprietary system flash shoe, which later was taken over by Sony for the α system DSLRs and "SLT"s. In Japan, the α system began with the α-7700i; but in Europe it was known as the Dynax series and in the USA as the Maxxum series. In both regions the lens mount was just called Minolta AF mount or AF bayonet; but it would also be correct to call it α mount.