Minolta DiMAGE A200
Minolta DiMAGE A200
Konica Minolta DiMAGE A200 Review
By Movable Type Admin
Record Modes & Menu Options
Note that all onscreen images and overlay data can be displayed on the EVF or the color
LCD, just flip the display control switch located on the back.
The AUTO exposure mode is the simplest to use, the camera pretty much sets everything
for you -- you just point and shoot.
In Program AE mode the camera selects the best combination of both shutter speed
and aperture automatically. If you have the "Shift" option enabled you can vary
the shutter speed/aperture combinations by rotating the Control Dial. The
live Histogram display option is enabled.
In Shutter priority mode you set the shutter speed fast to freeze rapid action or
slow to blur motion and the camera automatically selects the proper aperture setting.
The green "hand" icon indicates that the Anti-Shake is enabled.
The shutter speed range is 30 seconds to 1/3200 (1/1600 max in S / M modes), Bulb
maximum is 30 seconds (ISO 50 / 100).
In Aperture priority you set the desired aperture for control of depth of field and
the camera will automatically match the proper shutter speed.
In Manual mode you adjust both the shutter speed and aperture value without aid of the
camera's automatic exposure system. You use the brightness of the image on the LCD or EVF
as a visual exposure meter, adjusting the shutter speed or aperture accordingly.
Macro (closeup) focus mode allows the lens to be set at full wide-angle or full
telephoto to take advantage of the different focal lengths. At the wide-angle
position, the larger field of view and depth of field create a strong perspective and a
sense of space. The telephoto position isolates the subject and minimizes distortion with
a narrow field of view and shallower depth of field.
You can focus as close as about 9.8 inches in wide angle.
Setting the Mode Dial to the "MR" Memory Recall position allows you to quickly select
one of five user-configurable camera setups. You can program any number of desired
camera settings or image adjustments as well as image size and quality, drive mode,
color space and more.
Here's a busy screen display with just about all of the possible image adjustment and
camera setting icons displayed. Red-eye flash mode, Portrait sRGB color space, flash
exposure compensation, color, saturation, contrast and exposure compensation are all
enabled. The white balance has been set to fluorescent2, the ISO is at 100, sharpening
is set to "+" hard, exposure bracketing is enabled. If you happen to have this many
things set it's a welcome relief to press the "i+" button and clear them off of the
display so you can see your subject better.
Select the desired Drive mode by pressing the Drive Mode button on top of the grip and
then selecting the desired mode with the 4-way controller. Drive modes available are:
Single-frame, 2- or 10-sec Self-timer,
Remote control, Exposure or WB bracketing, Continuous advance, High Speed continuous
and Ultra High Speed continuous.
Press the 4-way controller "Up" in record mode to access the Exposure Compensation and
Flash Exposure Compensation slider controls. Both settings are adjustable +/- 2.0EV
in 0.3EV steps.
Press the 4-way controller "Down" in record mode to access the White Balance settings.
Available settings are:
Automatic, Preset (Daylight, Tungsten, Fluorescent1, Fluorescent2, Shade, Cloudy,
Flash), Custom (2 positions)
Color - Vivid (sRGB), Natural (sRGB), Portrait (sRGB), Embedded Adobe RGB, B&W
Flash - Fill, Red-eye Reduction, Slow Sync, Rear Curtain Sync
Metering - Multi-segment, Center-weighted, Spot
Filter - Fine tune color either cool or warm with 5 steps each
Saturation - Adjust color saturation with 5+ and 5- steps
Contrast - Adjust image contrast with 5+ and 5- steps
Record mode menu:
Quality - RAW, RAW+JPEG, Extra Fine, Fine, Standard. (The JPEG image created with the RAW+JPEG setting is Fine quality, the size is that selected with the Image Size option)
Spot AE area - When using spot metering the area can be either the Center spot or it follows the selected Flex Focus Point
Flash control - Auto or Manual
AEL button - Set the way the AEL button operates; Hold or Toggle
Reset - Reset all settings to default
Data imprint - Imprint date or date+time in the lower right corner of image, settings are: Off, YYYY/MM/DD, MM/DD/hr:min (cannot be used with RAW or RAW+JPEG)
Inst. Playback - Show image after capture for 1,2,5 or 10 secs or disable
Full-time AF - Continuous auto focus; On or Off
Direct MF - Enable or disable Direct Manual Focus (Direct MF is cancelled when continuous AF or manual focus is in use)
DSP set - Memory registers used for camera settings can be assigned to the Digital Subject Program positions on the Exposure Mode Dial. Options are DSP (normal dial functions) or Memory recall (assign memory registers to the DSP positions)
Noise reduction - Reduce dark noise caused by long exposures, applies to exposures of 1/2 sec. or longer. Settings are: On or Off
Monitor amplification - EVF and LCD will "gain up" in low-light conditions, settings are: Auto or Normal (none). If the real-time histogram is used, it will reflect the amplified image and not the final values of the exposure.
Manual exposure - Monitor amplification in Manual mode: Exposure priority (the live image reflects the set exposure) or Display priority (live images displayed regardless of the exposure settings)
Digital zoom - On (2X magnification), Off (disabled) or Interpolate (up to 4X magnification). digital zoom cannot be used with RAW, RAW+JPEG, UHS continuous advance or the Flex Digital Magnifier.
Motion video can be recorded at 800x600, 640x480 or 320x240 resolution with audio. The framerate (quality) can be set for 30fps or 15fps except at 800x600 where it is fixed at 15fps. Movies can be recorded in normal lighting with the Standard mode or use the Night Movie mode for low-light.
can be up to 6 minutes at 30fps (Minolta claim) or 15 minutes at 15fps.
(So far we have seen the maximum recording time at 30fps vary from under two minutes
to over six minutes depending on scene content. Still life scenes or little camera
movement yields longer times, fast action
and lots of camera movement yields less.)
Movie mode menu options
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