Reviews and Problems with Konica Minolta DiMAGE A200
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Konica Minolta Dimage A200 digital camera
10 January 2012
Summary: Photographers who want plenty of megapixels, plenty of zoom, excellent image quality and possibility to control the exposure. If your photography experience only consists of casual use of point-and-shoot cameras, be prepared to use some time and study the user guide and explore the extensive range of functionality provided by the camera.
Conclusion: Overall, the natural colour produced and general ease of use in just 'program' mode will satisfy buyers upgrading from a snap shot compact camera. The large handgrip for control is also a nice touch and for those looking to macro focus the camera at telephoto lengths or shoot in RAW mode, it's also got those options too.
Excerpt: DiMage A200 is a discontinued camera from Konica Minolta , but you might still find it on the market. The advantages of choosing this camera is that at a lower price, you get a 8MP camera with a zooming ring with hight optical zoom – 7x , manual functions, robust body with the look and feel of a SLR, and important features like RAW shooting, anti-shake technology that shifts the CCD to compensate for the vibrations that occur with hand held shooting (you can shoot with...
Conclusion: The DiMAGE A200 takes much of what is appealing about the A2 and repackages it in a more affordable, friendlier and slightly more compact format. There's much to like here - the useful 28-200mm zoom range, the superb mechanical zoom, the wealth of photographic feature, the effective Anti-Shake system and the excellent handling, all at a much more attractive price point than the A2.
Pros: Improved resolution over A2 - especially shooting in RAW mode, Image stabilization works exactly as advertised, Mechanically linked zoom ring, Wide angle seven times zoom lens, Generally good performance and operational speed, Low high ISO noise, efficient noise reduction, Wide range of ISO settings, usable ISO 800, Selectable color spaces, Wide range of image parameter adjustment, Good ergonomics, excellent handling and stability, Framing assist lines option on live ...
Cons: Soft images (not just as a result of poor AF), Autofocus errors in certain shooting conditions are too prevalent, Lens being stretched past its resolution capabilities?, Mild vignetting / lens shading, Poor automatic white balance in artificial light, Moiré visible near resolution limits (especially disruptive of horizontal lines), No AF assist lamp (although still performs quite well), Long CF write times for JPEG Extra-Fine / Raw, Fairly poor shot-to-shot speed, Dyn...
Excerpt: In direct competition with the Canon Pro 1, this is a camera aimed at serious photographers who nevertheless want compact convenience and a lower price than offered by a digital SLR and its collection of lenses. Build quality is everything you'd expect from a 'top of the range' compact and, while the A200 doesn't feel quite as rugged as the Pro 1, its plethora of control buttons are extremely clearly labelled and ergonomically perfect.
Excerpt: The Konica
Minolta DiMAGE A200 ($799) is a lower cost version
of the popular DiMAGE A2 (see
our review). The two cameras share the same 8MP
sensor, Anti-shake system, and lens, but they differ
in many other ways, as you'll see in the review.
The DiMAGE A200 is a full-featured camera with an
8 Megapixel CCD, 7X zoom lens, manual controls, hot
shoe, and much more. There's a fair amount of competition
in the 7-8 Megapixel arena, so read on to see how
the A200 performs!
Pros: Very good photo quality, 7X optical zoom lens with image stabilization, Full manual controls, Good performance, Flip-out, rotating LCD display, Manual zoom and focus rings, LCD/EVF usable in low light, No redeye, Can save five sets of camera settings to mode dial, Supports external flash and conversion lenses/filters, RAW image format supported, Excellent movie mode
Cons: Images slightly soft at default settings; high ISO performance is not good; some barrel distortion, Macro mode isn't great for ultra close-ups, I miss the nice EVF from the A2, No memory card included, Tough competition from digital SLRs
Summary: Konica Minolta's DiMAGE A200 is a 8.0-megapixel high-performance digital camera that is perfect for all levels of photographic experience from advanced amateur to creative beginner. Equipped with Konica Minolta's Anti-Shake technology featuring a unique CCD-shift mechanism that offsets handheld shaking, it is easy to capture sharp images with the DiMAGE A200, even in low lighting and without the use of a tripod.
Conclusion: Taking this camera on a road trip was a great way to give it a real life workout. Overall, it worked out great - even compared to my digital SLR. I took both my digital SLR and the DiMage A200 on multiple mountain bike rides. It was a very good test of the Konica Minolta's abilities. If anything, it was an unfair test. It's not really realistic to expect any compact digital camera to measure up against a $1500 digital SLR. But the A200 isn't "any" compact digital camera.
Pros: Excellent control placement, 28-200mm f/2.8-3.5 lens w. manual zoom ring, Anti-Shake System, Minimal shutter-lag, Live histogram, Flash hot shoe, RAW capture, Adobe RGB colorspace
Cons: Bulky for a compact digital camera, JPEGs flat and lacking saturation, Tendency to blow out highlights
Summary: The Konica Minolta DiMAGE A200 is a good camera at a great price. £450 for a digicam with this much functionality and cutting edge technology is amazing value. The wealth of configurable options on offer, the anti-shake feature, that great mechanical zoom ring, full aperture and shutter speed modes, a great twistable LCD screen and even a supplied wireless remote all add up to make the Konica Minolta DiMAGE A200 an attractive proposition.
Summary: With its eight-megapixel sensor and mechanically linked 28-200mm zoom lens, the A200 genuinely gives you the power of an SLR at the price of a compact. If you can live with its sluggish shooting speed, questionable low light auto-focus and a few interface niggles, this is a camera to treasure.