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: If you want everything in one package, the Konica Minolta DiMage A1 is your camera. Weighing just 1.4 pounds (with battery), the A1 looks, feels, and operates very much like a conventional SLR camera. Boot and recycle times are quick, but the shutter lag is a little more noticeable than with the other cameras we tested.
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 !).