Minolta X-700 is a perfect combination of sophistication and simplicity. In P mode, the Minolta X-700 selects both the shutter and aperture for the correct exposure, so all you have to do is focus and shoot. But if you want to take over, there’s aperture-priority exposure control and full metered manual exposure control right at your fingertips. The Minolta X-700 has three operating modes, programmed auto-exposure (P mode), aperture priority auto-exposure (A mode) and metered full-manual exposure (M mode). The Minolta X-700 shutter speed and aperture are varied steplessly in the auto-exposure modes.
Also, Nikon developed a best digital SLR and it is the Nikon d90. Compared to Minolta X-700, d90 comes sauntering in with most of the current hot features, plus a new twist that will bowl them all over with its relevance and utility. With a 12.3-megapixel sensor, the d90 rises to the resolution of the more professional Sony Alpha DSLR-A550. It also shares the same sensitivity as the Sony Alpha DSLR-A550, ranging from ISO 200 to 3,200, plus L1 (100) and H1 (6,400). Another essential upgrade on the d90 is the move to a high resolution 3-inch LCD screen. In theory, this should also include making sure the Nikon d90 focuses on an eye rather than a nose or forehead. If true in practice, this is quite an advance. Face detection even comes into play in i-TTL Flash control. Though Face Detection is helpful in Live view mode, its utility goes further, as it’s now an integral part of Nikon’s Scene Recognition System (SRS). Thanks to the Nikon d90 420-pixel matrix metering sensor, the SRS can combine color metering with autofocus sensor data and tune white balance and exposure with a particular bias toward getting faces exposed properly. Click here for more of Nikon d90.
The Minolta X-700 center-weighted averaging type metering leaves certain back light or otherwise more complicated exposure situations for the user to decide. The Minolta X-700 system has two silicon photocells, one for normal operation and one for TTL flash metering. Minolta X-700 is an excellent camera in all respects. It’s simple to operate and it has many advanced features but it still lets you be as creative as you want to be. Click here for more of Minolta X-700 best features.
Here is a summary of Minolta X-700 review from a satisfied customer:
You should learn photography with this camera
The X-700 is great for learning photography. It is manual but its beauty is in the various automated settings, which range from controlling everything except focus to fully manual. It is intuitive and easy to figure out, and comes with the reliability you’d expect from Minolta. The handiest feature that I enjoyed is the lightmeter readout in the viewfinder. In the various photography courses I’ve taken, I’ve found that it is superior to many other manual SLRs in that it has levels of convenience and automation that help you get a feel for photography, but still allows for the photographer to have complete freedom.
Minolta X-700 bayonet of integrally lubricated stainless steel coupling for full-aperture metering, finder display input, and an automatic diaphragm control, providing programmed or aperture-priority auto operation with Minolta MD lenses, aperture-priority auto operation with MC and other Minolta SLR interchangeable lenses/accessories; spring-return button for depth-of-field preview or stop-down meter readings with other than MC or MD lenses (standard lenses: MD 50mm f/1.2, f/1.4, f/1.7 or f/2)
Minolta X-700 has the following features and specifications:
- Programmed automatic or manual exposure
- Camera body only; lens sold separately
- Programmed auto flash
- Date/time imprinting
- Exposure override up to 2 stops
Minolta X-700 has the following Pros and cons:
- inexpensive and widely available
- availability of excellent lenses
- many useful features
- light weight, sturdy construction
- metal lens mount ring
- variety of modes
- no autofocus
- fixed 1/60s flash sync without dedicated Minolta flash
- 1600 ISO maximum film speed
The Minolta X-700 Program System (PS), provides a simple focus-and-shoot simplicity of programmed auto-exposure (AE) control: where both aperture and shutter speed are automatically set over a wide range by the camera, with continuous viewfinder LED readout of speeds being set. The program is designed to maintain fastest practicable speeds as light dims, then give audible beeps, if desired, to guard against blur from subject/camera-movement, making the Minolta X-700 ideal. Click here to get this exciting features of Minolta X-700.