Reviews and Problems with Konica Minolta DiMAGE A2
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Konica Minolta DiMage A2
20 September 2006
Excerpt: Konica Minolta Photo Imaging U.S.A. Inc., www.konicaminolta.com $1,100 street ; ; ; Exceptional functions; excellent handling characteristics Performance is a mixed bag The Konica Minolta DiMage A2 offers a good combination of quality, features, and performance.
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.
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 adjustmen...
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 n...
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.
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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.
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.
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
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 perf...
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
Summary: The Konica Minolta DiMAGE A2 inherits the excellent image quality and performance of the and takes it to the next level with a high-quality 8-megapixel CCD and a Super Fine Electronic Viewfinder (EVF) with VGA resolution.
Conclusion: The Anti-Shake feature really works! Of course, how effective it is for you depends on your hand holding skills. The choice of different color spaces and the various image adjustments (in small increments too) available are major pluses.