Minolta 7Hi Focus Problem

Discussion in 'Sony/Minolta' started by robert_martin|5, Sep 26, 2005.

  1. My Minolta Dimage 7Hi will not auto focus on a large percentage of
    the images (>80%). If I zoom in on an image it has a better chance
    of focusing. Has anyone else had a problem with auto focus on this
    camera? If yes, did you get it corrected and how? Konica Minolta
    indicates I need to send it in for repair.
  2. I haev one of those, and it does take a bit of time to focus. I keep it because the fast frame rate - 7fps - gets some good shots of my kids at soccer - but you have to be careful to keep things in focus.

    Sending it in for repair out of warrantee - I dont know.
  3. I had this kind of problem only in a few particular situations:
    1) White Sand Dunes at sunset
    2) Neon Lights in Las Vegas
    3) Very reflective surfaces (mainly at sunset)

    I solved 1) by manual focus (no time for experiments), 2) & 3) using the spot metering and autofocus.
    If 80% of your pictures are by night, try that, otherwise, I agree with Shirish (DiMAGE A2 $600 at amazon.com).
  4. Thanks for your inputs. The problem occurs in sunlight, so it is not a problem of adequate light. The camera did not have this problem when new. It actually seems to focus a little better inside in dim light, but it is still a long way from acceptable. I have tried both the wide area focus and spot focus with the same results.

    I have to use manual focus for most images. This works, but I would like the scale in feet rather than meters. Maybe this can be changed in a setup menu, but I have not located it yet.

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