Reviews and Problems with Konica Minolta DiMAGE A2
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The Luminous Landscape
11 August 2008
Excerpt: I decided that the Minolta A2 would likely be ideal. There was no way I was going to need my Contax medium format equipment with 16 MP digital back, and the Canon 1Ds and a selection of lenses would simply be too cumbersome for an urban vacation. Even the Canon 10D and a couple of lenses would be more than I wanted to carry on holiday.
Conclusion: The DiMAGE A2 takes the A1 design and increases the resolution to eight megapixels. The A1's primary unique feature (among many other good design features) is the Anti Shake system which works by stabilizing the sensor on a movable platform instead of moving any of the lens elements. This ingenious solution works, and still works on the DiMAGE A2 although I personally didn't find it that useful in 90% of everyday shooting situations (your mileage may vary).
Pros: Image stabilization unique among group, Mechanically linked zoom ring, Wide angle seven times zoom lens, Good performance, startup, AF speed, Low high ISO noise, employs noise reduction, Wide range of ISO settings, Selectable color space (sRGB / Adobe RGB), Wide range of image parameter adjustment, Good ergonomics, sticky rubber on hand grip, Fast Auto Focus, Framing assist lines option on live view, Wide range of accessories available, Five user memories, Very high r...
Cons: Disappointing resolution, soft images (not just as a result of poor AF), Auto focus confirmation despite being out of focus, Lens being stretched past its resolution capabilities?, Flash color cast, under exposure, Some vignetting / lens shading, LCD only tilts upwards, does not twist out, Lens not as fast as some others at wide angle (F2.8), Poor automatic white balance in artificial light, Moiré visible near resolution limits (especially disruptive of horizontal lin...
Conclusion: The Konica Minolta gives every satisfaction in practice. As said before, this model is a true competitor for a digital SLR camera. It has an outstanding zoom range combined with a heap of settings and beside that a competing price tag. In fact, Konica Minolta holds a top camera in his hands with which a very high level of photography can be achieved. Of course this also depends on the user, anyhow the DiMAGE A2 is ready to join that high level.
Excerpt: With 8-megapixels and 7x optical zoom , the Dimage A2 is the concurrent of Nikon Coolpix 8800. Unlike Coolpix, Dimage A2 works with a 28-200mm equivalent with lens and manual zoom and focus rings, magnesium-alloy body also. Just like Coolpix, it allows control over the exposure, contrast, sharpness and color saturation; it uses popup flash with Advanced Distance Integration flash metering and the possibility to use external flash and records date, time and descriptive...
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Excerpt: After some 40 years as a photographer, and almost half that time writing equipment reviews, it never ceases to amaze me how dumb camera designers can sometimes be. I am convinced that at several companies in Japan the folks that design cameras likely never actually take photographs with their creations — otherwise there's no explanation for some of the stupid and ill-conceived designs that we sometimes get.
Excerpt: (4 items) The latest trend in digital photography is ultra-high-resolution fixed-lens cameras. The digital-camera manufacturers are constantly trying to outdo one another, in much the same way that CPU manufacturers compete—but in this case, the race is measured in megapixels instead of megahertz. We found that this increased resolution may not always benefit the people who buy these cameras.
Pros: Manual zoom and focus rings, Great performance, Anti-Shake system, EVF and LCD usable in low light, Amazing electronic vewfinder (EVF), Very powerful battery, Useful time-lapse and bulb modes, LCD and EVF viewable in low light, LCD can flip out and rotate, Autofocus assist-lamp, Very good photo quality, Powerful battery, Good macro mode, Useful zoom and focus ring, Very good photo quality, design, and performance, Large memory card and remote control included, Large L...
Cons: Unimpressive macro mode, No memory card included, No auto-focus assist lamp, Images can be very soft, Numerous complex buttons and dials, Lens starts at 35mm, Complex controls and menu, No memory card included, Less powerful battery, Lengthy shot-to-shot speed in RAW or TIFF mode, LCD and EVF difficult to see in low light, No live histogram, Occasional vignetting, No autofocus-assist lamp, Controls can be imtimidating, Long delays between shots in RAW or TIFF mode, Le...
Summary: The Konica Minolta DiMAGE A2 boasts a
set of features currently not found in any other
prosumer digital camera. From its smooth mechanically
linked 7x optical wide-angle zoom to its unique
Anti-Shake Technology, the A2 sets a new standard
for others to follow. Toss in the highest resolution
EVF available (at close to 1MP), an elegant auto-switch
between EVF and LCD monitor, live histogram, grid
overlay, user-friendly controls, flex focus point,
manual focus ring, program...