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Konica Minolta DiMAGE A2 Review

Review Date: May 24, 2004
Minolta DiMAGE A2

Category: Advanced Amateur - Prosumer

Pheww, we have barely time to digest the introduction of the Minolta DiMAGE A1 with its novel Anti-Shake Technology, and the Konica Minolta DiMAGE A2 is introduced. It has a new 8MP resolution image sensor and a new Super-Fine Electronic Viewfinder (VGA EVF) with 992K pixels resolution. Its 28-200mm (35mm equivalent) 7x optical zoom lens covers the most used focal lengths in photography, ranging from wide angle for landscapes and interiors to a telephoto for portraits.

The Anti-Shake Technology is probably the most interesting feature since it stabilizes the image sensor instead of the conventional lens stabilization. This enables you to handhold shots at slow shutter speeds without suffering from camera shake. It also helps stabilizes your long telephoto shots.

Unique to the DiMAGE A2 is a sensor grip that activates autofocus and automatic switching from the LCD to the Electronic Viewfinder (EVF) when you put your eye to the EVF. Those who take RAW images will be happy to note the three RAW frames buffer.

Other professional features: real-time histogram; tiltable viewfinder eyepiece as well as LCD; high-quality movie recording; tele/wide macro system; an interval function for time-lapse movies; direct manual focus; availability of RAW image format; and a wide assortment of optional accessories.

The Konica Minolta A2, with its professional black finish magnesium-alloy body, will appeal to advanced amateur / prosumer photographers who desire a quality and professional SLR-type digital camera.

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Konica Minolta DiMAGE A2
QuickFact™ Sheet
  OriGenial Award  
  Image Sensor 8.0 effective megapixels
2/3 in. CCD
Anti-Shake Technology
  Lens Minolta APO GT  
  Focal Length 7.2-50.8mm (28-200mm, 35 mm equivalent)  
  Maximum Aperture F2.8(W)-F3.5(T)  
  Optical Zoom 7x; with manual zooming ring  
  Macro 21 cm / 8.3 in. (W); 13 cm / 5.1 in. (T)  
  Auto Focus
Video AF
Autofocus areas: Wide focus area, Spot focus point. Flex Focus Point control is available with the spot focus point.
Focus modes: Autofocus - Single-shot AF, Continuous AF, Full-time AF, Subject Tracking AF. Manual focus with 3.3x Flex Digital Magnifier (FDM)
Full-time AF: With the spot focus point or Flex Focus Point. Full-time AF can be disabled.
Subject Tracking AF: With continuous AF. Subject Tracking AF can be disabled.
Direct Manual Focus (DMF) allows the focus to be fine-tuned manually without switching to a manual focus mode
  Shutter Speed
30 - 1/4,000 sec.
Bulb (max. 30 sec.)
  Exposure Control Programmed AE (with program shift), Aperture priority, Shutter priority, Manual  
  Shooting Modes Digital Subject Program Selection (Portrait, Sports Action, Sunset, Night Portrait), Movie (15 min. of 544x408 Motion JPEG MOV with sound), Continuous (2.7fps), Interval Recording, Voice Memo (15 sec.)  
  Exposure Compensation +/- 2EV in 1/3 increments; Three-frame bracket in 0.5 and 0.3 EV increments
  Light Metering Multi-segment, Center-Weighted, Spot (Center or with Flex Focus Point)  
  White Balance Automatic; Present (Daylight, Tungsten, Shade, Cloudy, Flash, and Fluorescent settings) with fine adjustments in seven levels; Custom (three settings)  
  Viewfinder Super-Fine EVF, 0-90° viewable position; 0.44 in. TFT liquid-crystal microdisplay LCD (922K pixels); @ 100% coverage
  LCD 1.8 in. (46mm) low-temperature polysilicon TFT color LCD (118K pixels) with anti-reflection coating; -20° - +90° viewable position; automatic monitor amplification activates in low-light; @ 100% coverage  
  ISO Sensitivity Auto; ISO 64, 100, 200, 400, 800 equivalent
  Storage Media CompactFlash I and II, incl. IBM Microdrive (170MB, 340MB, 512MB, 1GB)  
  Battery Li-Ion Rechargeable Battery  
  Included Accessories
No Memory Card incl.
Li-Ion Battery with Battery Charger
A/V Cable, USB Cable
Lens Shade
Strap (Neck)
Software CD-ROMs (DiMAGE Viewer, ULEAD Video Studio 7 SE)
  Dimensions (W x H x D) 117 x 85 x 113.5 mm /
4.61 x 3.35 x 4.47 in.
  Weight (Camera body only) 565 g / 19.9 oz.  
  MSRP $  

Product technical specifications (including MSRP and Included Accessories) are as represented by the manufacturer and subject to manufacturer's change without any notice or obligation on the part of the manufacturer. Product color availability and included accessories may also differ by country or area. Please verify the latest specs from the appropriate manufacturer's site.

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