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.
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...
Excerpt: The Konica
Minolta DiMAGE A2 ($1099 list price) is the 8 Megapixel version
of the popular DiMAGE A1 camera from 2003. If you don't know anything
about the A1, here's what you missed: it features a unique CCD with
image stabilization, which gives you 2-3 more stops than a non-stabilized
camera. Simply put, you can handhold the camera at slower shutter
speeds than you could with a regular camera.
Pros: Good photo quality, 7X optical zoom lens, Image stabilization system, Full manual controls (and plenty of them), Hot shoe + flash sync port, Very good low light AF performance, even without AF-assist lamp, LCD/EVF are useful in low lighting conditions, Excellent quality EVF, Good redeye test performance, Backlit LCD info display, Can store favorite settings to spot on mode dial, Excellent battery life, LCD and EVF can flip up for easier viewing, No performance penalty...
Cons: Too many out-of-focus shots; bad luck or bad quality control?, Complex; not easy to just pick up and use without reading the manual first, Images slightly noisy and soft, No memory card included, Flimsy plastic door over CF slot, Competition from D-SLRs
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