Great learning tool and first time real digital camera.
4 October 2013
Summary: The Minolta A2 has a lot going for it even 9 years after its release. It had a list price of $999 US and that should tell you something about the quality. The A2 has many external controls and wont make you hunt in menus for the basics like most modern cameras. On the up side, it has a superb electronic view finder, a mechanical zoom, built in flash and a great price used.
Summary: I have many Minolta cameras and this is one of the best. It has the great lens from 28 to 200mm plus the 8 meg per image ability. Loaded with photo controls for the user and great macro capability. Feels great in the hand and has the added feature of a lithium battery for long charge holding. Not like other AA battery cameras where the rechargeables are discharged sitting in the camera between photo takes. Really great digicam for advanced camera lovers.
Perfect camera in every respect no regrets it's a shame there so few left
3 December 2012
Summary: I purchased the A2 to use as a companion to my A1 I have been trying to get one for two years and this last time I succeded. I find I use this more than any of my other 6 digital cameras and enjoy it more with all of the options available you can be very creative. Excellent purchase very satisfied.
Summary: I agree with those who have posted that this is a terrific camera. For those who want a "studio" camera this is the one to buy. It's a tad heavy compared to other similarly featured cameras, but that's no concern when mounted on a copystand or tripod. The anti shake feature is helpful. The camera is capable of total control studio flash with almost any standard PC wired light source.
Perfect Camera for experienced photo buffs..Great Value for the money
6 November 2012
Summary: I'm a diehard Minolta fan that started with a SRT101 in the 1970's, progressed up to a XD-11 and decided to sell off my 35MM film cameras in favor of Minolta Digital... Owned one of the first Dimage VII's and wasn't thrilled with it, went to a Dimage Z1,to a Z3 to a Z6 but still wasn't 100% satisfied... This Camera reminds me of my 35MM Film cameras as I finally can take pictures that rival my old film cameras....
Excerpt: I actually originally bought an older version of this camera and I love it. It's compact enough that you can carry it to lots of places to get pictures of great views without having to worry about all the different lenses. It clearly isn't built to compete with traditional SLRs, but it's perfect for anyone who like to play with photography as a hobby and wants something more versatile than a basic point and shoot.
HIGH QUALITY PICTURES! VERY PLEASED WITH THIS CAMERA
9 September 2012
Excerpt: OF ALL THE CAMERAS I'VE OWNED OVER THE YEARS, THIS ONE IS DEFINITELY MY FAVORITE. GREAT PICTURES, EASY TO USE AND ALL THE BELLS AND WHISTLES THAT I, AS AN AMATURE PHOTO BUFF, COULD POSSIBLY WANT. IT'S ALSO LIGHT WEIGHT, WHICH IS IMPORTANT SINCE I TRAVEL AND SOMETIMES CARRY MY CAMERA FOR HOURS AT A TIME.