Minolta DiMAGE A1 Review
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Production sample photos posted 9/23/03
DiMAGE Capture software page 10/10/03
Conclusion posted 10/26/03
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The Minolta DiMAGE A1's fast f2.8 - f3.5 7x optical zoom lens is an advanced apochromatic (APO) lens employing anomalous dispersion (AD) glass to minimize chromatic aberration at all focal lengths and produce sharp, contrasty images. With a focal range of 7.2mm to 50.8mm, it's equivalent to a 28-200mm 35mm zoom lens. The DiMAGE A1 zoom has a dual-focal macro system that allows the lens to be set at the wide-angle or telephoto position to take advantage of different focal lengths.
For photographers who demand high-quality images, new image-quality and image-size settings have been added to the Minolta DiMAGE A1. The extra-fine image-quality option produces a high-quality JPEG file with little compression or loss of detail. And the new 2080 x 1560 image size gives photographers the ability to switch between 5 megapixel, 3 megapixel, and 2 megapixel images smoothly.
A1 shown with optional BP-400 battery grip
This is Minolta's first digital camera to employ the new CxProcess II image-processing technology. CxProcess II controls the essential image qualities of color, contrast, and sharpness while minimizing noise.
The A1's new Anti-shake function minimizes the effect of camera shake, a slight blurring of the image when the camera is handheld, to provide the sharpest image possible. The continuous-advance drive modes make it possible to record action as it unfolds. Three JPEG or five 5-megapixel RAW images can be captured at a rate of 2 frames per second. And, at the heart of the DiMAGE A1 is a new high-speed image-processing LSI for increased performance. Power consumption has also been greatly reduced and the camera is now powered by a high-capacity rechargeable Li-ion battery pack.
DiMAGE A1 Features:
The DiMAGE A1 is available now with a street price of under $1,000.00
The DiMAGE A1 compared in size to a standard CD.
The DiMAGE A1 and the 3.2-megapixel DiMAGE Z1 with 10x optical zoom.
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