Konica Minolta DiMAGE A2 Review
Sample photos posted 3/21/04
Full review posted 4/10/04
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The DiMAGE A2's Super Fine electronic viewfinder (EVF) is sharp and clear thanks to a high-density display with VGA resolution. The EVF has also evolved to make digital photography even more of a pleasure. Precise focusing is amazingly easy, allowing the photographer to see the tiniest details in the most realistic colors. Switching into Smooth Mode provides 60 frames per second, making it a easy to focus on fast moving subjects.
The DiMAGE A2 features a full range of exposure modes including Program AE with Shift, Shutter speed and Aperture priority, full Manual and four pre-programmed Scene modes. Three exposure metering modes, adjustable ISO sensitivity from 64 to 800, auto bracketing of exposure, contrast and color saturation, six white balance presets with fine tuning and three custom WB settings, sRGB and Adobe RGB color space, seven color modes and much more.
A2 shown with optional BP-400 battery grip
The fast f2.8 - f3.5 7x optical zoom lens features an advanced apochromatic (APO) lens design 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 28mm to 200mm zoom lens in 35mm format.
The 3D AF provides seamless subject tracking as it focuses on moving subjects to capture sharp, high-quality images, even when they are coming straight toward the camera. Pressing the shutter release button launches the 3D Predictive Focus Control, which calculates exactly where the subject will be and accurately focuses on that point at the time of exposure. The AF speed outstrips anything in its class for any SLR-type digital camera with non-interchangeable lens 5x or greater optical zoom. The 3D AF and the focus speed combine to give you hassle-free focusing.
The DiMAGE A2 also features high-quality movie recording at 544 x 408 pixels with audio at 30 frames per second. You can record up to 15 minutes of action that looks great even when viewed on a TV screen. And the included Ulead video editing software turns users into movie makers.
DiMAGE A2 Features:
DIWA Gold Medal Award
The DiMAGE A2 is packed with useful features for making photography comfortable and successful, even under demanding shooting conditions. From the long list of such functions and features, it is enough to mention the camera's excellent wide-angle to telephoto 28-200 mm. (35 mm film equivalent) zoom lens and the ingenious Anti-Shake CCD image stabilizer. However, features alone do not qualify for any DIWA Award. Konica Minolta DiMAGE A2 users may also expect outstanding image quality and a multitude of creative options, all packed in a compact and robust camera body. Its attractive design and ergonomic layout further enhance the public appeal and adds value to its reasonable price tag.
DIWA's test manager, Kai Thon, says: "The recent digital SLR price drop attracts many advanced amateur photographers. Yet, many of them, even professionals, enjoy the comfort of the all-in-one package provided by the DiMAGE A2. The fast, high quality 7x zoom lens alone gives the DiMAGE A2 more value for money than can be expected from any D-SLR camera. Then, add to this the benefit of a highly effective Anti-Shake technology. Still, its most important feature is the DIWA proof of professional performance".
The DiMAGE A2 compared in size to a standard CD.
The 8-megapixel Olympus C-8080 Wide Zoom and DiMAGE A2.
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