Konica Minolta DiMAGE A200 Review

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Review posted 12/18/2004


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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.

The camera's 2/3-inch CCD with 8.0 million effective pixels and the high-performance Konica Minolta 7x optical GT APO zoom lens combine to produce incredibly faithful smooth-toned colors. With its proprietary new advanced LSI engine and CxProcess™ III image-processing technology, the DiMAGE A200 provides high-speed and stress-free image processing with low power consumption. And, its ability to suppress noise and provide exceptionally accurate color reproduction means that users get high-quality images every time.

The A200's Anti-Shake internal stabilizing system is connected directly to a CCD sensor that quickly responds to camera shake, thus rendering sharper images in dim lighting as well as hand-held telephoto shots. Especially helpful when using the 7x optical zoom (28 to 200mm) for landscapes, close-ups, and at sporting events, the DiMAGE A200's Anti-Shake technology is activated with the simple touch of a button. Combined with its three focusing areas - wide focus area, 11-point selectable AF area, and flex focus point - the DiMAGE A200 ensures that photographic subjects are always in perfect focus.


Konica Minolta DiMAGE A200

The camera's vari-angle, TFT color LCD monitor can be rotated up to 270° vertically and 180° horizontally, allowing photographers unrestricted shooting at high and low angles. The included multi-functional wireless remote control makes it easier to take self-portraits and movies whenever and wherever. And, because the LCD provides high-speed, real-time viewing at 60 frames per second, there is minimal lag time between the on-screen display of moving images and the press of the shutter release, so there's no need to worry about missing a photo opportunity.

The DiMAGE A200 enables users to record movies in VGA mode (640 x 480 pixels at 30 frames per second) for smooth, true-color playback that rivals TV quality, and SVGA mode (800 x 600 pixels at 15 frames per second), which is ideal for viewing movies or movie stills on large PC screens. This gives users the freedom to choose the screen size and frame rate that suits their needs. Recording high-quality movies is even easier when the camera's Anti-Shake technology is enabled to minimize image blurring.

Images and movies can be stored on any capacity CompactFlash Type I or II card including IBM/Hitachi Microdrives. The camera outfit includes a rechargeable Li-ion battery pack and compact rapid charger. The DiMAGE A200 is PictBridge compatible so photo prints can be made directly via the camera's USB port with most modern photo printers that support the PictBridge standard.


DiMAGE A200 Features:

  • 8-megapixel 2/3" CCD imager, still images up to 3264 x 2448 pixels
  • 7x optical zoom, f/2.8 (28-200mm 35mm equivalent) with manual zoom and focus control rings
  • Anti-Shake image stabilization for sharp images at low shutter speed or long focal lengths
  • CCD-RAW, TIFF, RAW+JPEG, Extra Fine JPEG file modes
  • Lightweight body, professional black finish with a large rubberized grip
  • Program AE with Shift, Aperture priority, Shutter priority and Manual exposure modes
  • Scene modes: Portrait, Sports, Night Portrait/Night View, Sunset
  • Vari-angle TFT 1.8-inch color LCD with 134k pixels rotates 270° vertically and 180° horizontally
  • Color Viewfinder with 60fps refresh rate and gain-up in low-light, 235k pixels
  • Color modes: Natural (sRGB), Vivid (sRGB), Portrait (sRGB), Embedded Adobe RGB or B&W
  • Continuous capture @ 2.3fps up to five full size RAW images
  • Ultra High-Speed Continuous 10fps @ 640x480, up to 40 frames
  • Motion video: 800x600 @ 15fps, 640x480 and 320x240 @ 15/30fps with audio
  • Shutter speeds: 30 seconds to 1/3200 (30 - 1/1600 in S and M modes)
  • 11-point AF area with 3-D Predictive Focus Control and Subject Tracking
  • Flex Focus Point, change the extra-wide AF area to a cross-hair spot focus point that can be moved to any of the 11 AF points
  • White balance: Auto, seven presets and two custom settings
  • ISO Sensitivity: Auto, 50, 100, 200, 400 and 800 equivalents
  • Up to 15 sec. audio memos can be added to still images
  • Exposure and White Balance Bracketing
  • Flash hot shoe for Minolta Program Flashes
  • Control of sharpness, contrast and color saturation
  • Popup flash with Advanced Distance Integration flash metering
  • Three metering modes: 256-segment, center-weighted and spot
  • Playback/QuickView with histogram feature
  • Data imprinting that records date, time and descriptive info on images
  • USB connectivity for easy image downloads
  • Rechargeable Li-ion battery pack and charger
  • Wireless remote control for capture and playback
  • PictBridge, Exif Print 2.2 and Epson PIM II compatible


The suggested retail price for the DiMAGE A200 is $799 and the camera is available now.




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Konica Minolta DiMAGE A200

Konica Minolta DiMAGE A200

Konica Minolta DiMAGE A200

Konica Minolta DiMAGE A200

Konica Minolta DiMAGE A200

Konica Minolta DiMAGE A200

Konica Minolta DiMAGE A200





Konica Minolta DiMAGE A200

The DiMAGE A200 compared in size to a standard CD.





Konica Minolta DiMAGE A200

The 8-megapixel Olympus C-8080 Wide Zoom and the DiMAGE A2.


Konica Minolta DiMAGE A200

The 8-megapixel DiMAGE A200 and the Olympus C-8080 Wide Zoom.





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