Minolta DiMAGE A1 Review

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DiMAGE A1 Specifications

Number of effective pixels Approx. 5.0 million
CCD 2/3-type progressive primary-color CCD, total pixels: approx. 5.3 million
A/D conversion 14 bit
14-bit A/D conversion can distinguish 16,384 levels in each color channel. This is a fourfold increase over the fidelity of 12-bit systems.
Camera sensitivity Auto (100-200) or ISO 100, 200, 400, 800 equivalents
Lens construction 16 elements in 13 groups (includes two AD glass elements and two aspheric elements)
Maximum aperture f/2.8 - f/3.5
Focal length 7.2 - 50.8 mm (35 mm equivalent: 28 - 200 mm)
Focusing range (from front of lens) 0.5 m / 1.6 ft. to infinity
Macro: Wide 21 - 51 cm / 8.3 - 20 inch
Telephoto 13 - 50 cm / 5.1 - 19.7 inch
Maximum magnification 0.177x (Equivalent to 0.7x in 35 mm format)
Area covered at maximum magnification: 50 x 37 mm / 2 x 1.5 inch (approx.)
Optical zooming control Manual zoom ring on the lens barrel
Viewfinder type EVF (Electronic viewfinder), Variable-position: 0 - 90 degrees
Automatic monitor amplification, Electronic magnification for manual focusing
Viewfinder LCD 0.44 inch (11mm) TFT liquid-crystal micro display
Total pixels: 235,000 pixels
Field of View: Approx. 100%
LCD monitor 46 mm (1.8 inch) low-temperature polysilicon TFT color,
Variable position: -20 to 90°
Total pixels: 118,000
Field of view: 100% (approx.)
Display-mode switch Auto-display, Electronic viewfinder, LCD monitor
Diopter control - 5 ~ +2 m-1
Shutter CCD electronic shutter and mechanical shutter
Shutter speed range 30 - 1/16,000 seconds
Bulb (max. 30 seconds)
Autofocus system Video AF
Autofocus areas Wide focus area, Spot focus point
Flex Focus Point control is available with the spot focus point.
Focus modes Autofocus: Single-shot AF, Continuous AF, Full-time AF, Subject Tracking AF. Manual focus with 2X or 8X Flex Digital Magnifier
Full-time AF With the spot focus point or Flex Focus Point. Full-time AF can be disabled
Subject Tracking AF With continuous AF. Subject Tracking AF can be disabled.
Focus lock By pressing shutter release button partway down
Subject lock With Subject Tracking AF by pressing shutter release button partway down
Metering Multi-segment (300 segments), Center-weighted, Spot (center or with Flex Focus Point)
Exposure control range Program AE and Aperture-priority modes: Wide; EV - 1 - 20, Telephoto; EV - 0.4 - 20.7
Shutter-priority and Manual modes: Wide; EV - 2 - 21, Telephoto; EV - 1.4 - 21
Exposure modes
Programmed AE (with program shift), Aperture priority, Shutter priority, Manual.
Digital Subject Programs Portrait, Sports action, Sunset, Night portrait
Exposure compensation +/- 2 EV in 1/3 increments
AE lock With AE-lock button or by pressing the shutter-release button partway down
Flash control ADI, Pre-flash TTL, Manual flash control
Flash range Wide: 0.5 - 3.8 m / 1.6 - 12.5 feet,
Telephoto: 0.5 - 3 m / 1.6 - 9.8 feet (Camera sensitivity: auto)
Flash modes Fill-flash, Red-eye reduction, Rear flash sync, Wireless / Remote flash
Flash recycling time 5 seconds (approx.)
Flash compensation +/-2 EV in 1/3 increments
Flash-sync speeds All shutter speeds
External flashes Auto-flash metering with Program/Maxxum Flash 2500 (D), 3600HS (D), 5600HS (D), Macro Twin Flash 2400,* Macro Ring Flash 1200.* *Macro Flash Controller is necessary. Non-dedicated off-camera flash units can be used using the camera's flash-sync terminal.
Continuous-advance modes - High-speed continuous advance: Maximum 2.8 frames per second
- Standard continuous advance: Maximum 2 frames per second
*Actual speed may vary depending upon the subject and camera settings

  2560 x 1920 2080 x 1560 1600 x 1200 640 x 480
RAW 5 frames - - -
TIFF 3 frames 3 frames 3 frames 3 frames
Extra Fine 3 frames 3 frames 3 frames 3 frames
Fine 3 frames 3 frames 3 frames 3 frames
Standard 3 frames 3 frames 3 frames 3 frames
* Actual number of images may vary depending upon subjects and shooting conditions.
Interval recording 2 - 240 frames. Interval time: 30 secs., 1 - 10 / 15 / 20 / 30 / 45 / 60 minutes
Start time: 0-24 hour in 0.5 hour increments.
Exposure bracketing Three-frame bracket in 0.5 and 0.3 EV increments
Digital enhanced bracketing Three-frame contrast, color saturation, or filter bracket in fixed increments.
Self-timer Approx. 10 secs., 2 secs.
Movie - Standard movie mode: Maximum 15 minutes at 24 frames per second with monaural audio
- Night movie mode: Maximum 15 minutes at 24 frames per second with monaural audio
- Automatic selection function between standard and night movie modes available.
- Time-lapse movie mode: no audio and played back at 4 frames per second
Audio Voice memo: Maximum 15 seconds monaural audio with still image
Color modes Natural Color (sRGB), Vivid Color (sRGB), Adobe RGB, Embedded Adobe RGB, Black and white (neutral and toned), Solarization
Camera color spaces sRGB, Adobe RGB
White-balance control Automatic, Preset {Daylight, Tungsten, Shade, Cloudy, Flash and Fluorescent with fine adjustments in seven levels.
Custom (3 positions)
Sharpness settings Three levels (Soft, Normal, Hard)
Digital Effects Control Color saturation, Contrast compensation, Filter
Noise reduction User selectable dark noise reduction
Digital zoom 2x with still images
Date imprinting Year/month/day (Format can be changed.)
Text and serial numbers
Imprinting can be disabled.
Custom functions Control dial customization. User-selectable function can be assigned to the function dial.
Image quality modes RAW, TIFF, Extra fine, Fine, Standard
Number of recorded
pixels (movie clips)
2560 x 1920, 2080 x 1560, 1600 x 1200, 640 x 480
Number of recorded
pixels (still images)
320 x 240 in standard and night movie modes
640 x 480 in time-lapse movie mode
Storage capacity* (16MB)
  2560 x 1920 2080 x 1560 1600 x 1200 640 x 480
RAW 2 frames - - -
TIFF 1 frame 1 frames 2 frames 15 frames
Extra Fine 2 frames 4 frames 7 frames 35 frames
Fine 5 frames 8 frames 14 frames 47 frames
Standard 10 frames 14 frames 23 frames 63 frames
Movie 19 secs w/320x240
* Numerical value may vary depending upon the subject.
File formats JPEG, TIFF, Motion JPEG (MOV), RAW, WAVE.
DCF 1.0 / DPOF 1.1-compliant / Exif 2.2
Printing output control Exif Print, PRINT Image Matching II
Recording media Type I and Type II CompactFlash cards
IBM Microdrive (170MB, 340MB, 512MB, 1GB)
Interface Full-speed 12Mbps USB 1.1
AV output NTSC, PAL (selectable on camera)
Batteries NP-400 Li-ion 7.4v 1500mAh
supplied with BC-400 rapid charger
Battery performance(approx.)
Approximate number of recorded images: 330 frames with NP-400 lithium-ion battery, EVF on, External LCD monitor off, Full-size images (2560 x 1920), Fine image quality, No instant playback, No voice memo, Flash used with 50% of the frames.
Battery performance(approx.)
Approximate continuous playback time: 300 minutes with NP-400 lithium-ion battery, External LCD monitor on, EVF off.
External power source 6V DC with specified AC adapter
Dimensions (WxHxD) 117 x 85 x 113.5 mm / 4.61 x 3.35 x 4.47 inch
Weight 560 g / 19.8 ounce without batteries or recording media
Standard accessories Neck Strap NS-DG4000, Lens Cap (49mm) LF-1249, Accessory Shoe Cap SC-10, AV Cable AVC-400, 16MB CompactFlash Card, USB Cable USB-500, DiMAGE Viewer, Lens Shade DLS-1, Lithium-ion Battery NP-400, Lithium-ion Battery Charger BC-400
Optional accessories AC Adapter AC-1L, Leather Neck Strap NS-DG1000, Holding Strap HS-2, External High Power Battery Pack Kit EBP-100, Remote Cord RC-1000S, Remote Cord RC-1000L, Step Up Adapter 49mm - 62mm, CompactFlash Adapter for SD Memory Cards SD-CF1, Battery Pack BP-400, DiMAGE Capture
System requirements IBM PC/AT compatible computers with Windows XP Home, Windows XP Professional, Windows Me, Windows 2000 Professional, Windows 98*, or Windows 98 Second Edition* and with a USB port as standard interface.

Apple Macintosh computers with Mac OS 9.0 - 9.2.2, Mac OS X v10.1.3-10.1.5, or v10.2.1 - 10.2.5 and with a USB port as standard interface.

(Specifications as represented by the manufacturer)

Minolta DiMAGE A1

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