Reviews and Problems with Konica Minolta DiMAGE A1
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Value for money 8
Ease of use 8
Picture quality 8
21 May 2007
Conclusion: Here's my rating of the Minolta DiMAGE A1: (5 megapixel prosumer) There's little doubt that the DiMAGE A1 is the most feature rich and flexible prosumer digital camera currently available. Indeed it has a range of flexibility beyond that of most digital SLR's. It's a camera designed as a photographers tool, and one which can fit a wide variety of roles with the ability to deliver output suited to almost any specific photographers requirements.
Pros: Delivers pleasing 'film like' images with average resolution, Unique Anti-Shake feature which moves the CCD to compensate, Flexible selectable colour space (sRGB, sRGB Vivid, Adobe RGB), Optionally embedded ICC profile for Adobe RGB, Improved camera design, softer grip rubber, stronger build feel, Big 7x optical zoom provides a lot of flexibility, especially useful 28 mm wide angle, Lens is good quality, very little CA, fast (F2.8 - F3.5) for its reach, Fairly fast op...
Cons: Lower resolution that we would expect for the money, Noise increases at slower shutter speeds and especially long exposures, Moiré visible near resolution limits, Image processing artifacts in JPEG images (dots, moiré, etc.) not in RAW converted, Indicated Infinity in Manual Focus mode leads to out-of-focus infinity subjects ( here ), Can not magnify a RAW / TIFF files, Shutter release lag slightly slower than expected, Average buffer size, average continuous shooting...
Excerpt: The Konica
Minolta DiMAGE A1 ($899) is a lot more than a simple "add
a few new features and slap a new name on the box" upgrade to
its predecessor, the DiMAGE 7Hi. Minolta has designed a revolutionary
new CCD with image stabilization built in. This works differently
than your typical optical image stabilization (like on the Panasonic
FZ-series), in that the CCD, rather than the lens elements, are moving
to counteract the movement caused by "camera shake".
Pros: Very good photo quality, 7X optical zoom lens, Image stabilization system, Full manual controls (and plenty of them), Hot shoe + flash sync port, Very good AF performance, even without AF-assist lamp, LCD/EVF are useful in low lighting conditions, Good redeye test performance, Backlit LCD info display, Well-built, easy to hold (for the most part), Can store favorite settings to spot on mode dial, Excellent battery life, LCD and EVF can flip up for easier viewing, RAW/...
Cons: Complex; not easy to just pick up and use without reading the manual first, Images slightly noisy, Tiny 16MB card included with camera, Flimsy plastic door over CF slot, Below average macro mode, Pricey
Excerpt: Le DiMAGE A1 de Minolta a vite été une référence lors de sa sortie ! Sa convivialité et son ergonomie font de ce très beau boitier (en alliage de magnésium), un outil pratique et presque professionnel grâce à ses réglages manuels nombreux et sa rapidité d'action (et d'obturation : 1/16 000s !).
Conclusion: Cet appareil photo réflex numérique affichent des caractéristiques attirantes : résolution de 5 mégapixels, zoom optique 7x, autofocus 11 plages. Associées à une palette de réglages importante, elles destinent le Dimage A1 aux photographes avertis.