Konica Minolta DiMAGE A200 Review

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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.

Konica Minolta DiMAGE A200

The AUTO exposure mode is the simplest to use, the camera pretty much sets everything for you -- you just point and shoot.

Konica Minolta DiMAGE A200

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.

Konica Minolta DiMAGE A200

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).

Konica Minolta DiMAGE A200

In Aperture priority you set the desired aperture for control of depth of field and the camera will automatically match the proper shutter speed.

Konica Minolta DiMAGE A200

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.

Konica Minolta DiMAGE A200

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.

Konica Minolta DiMAGE A200

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.

Konica Minolta DiMAGE A200

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.

Konica Minolta DiMAGE A200

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.

Konica Minolta DiMAGE A200

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.

Konica Minolta DiMAGE A200

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)

Konica Minolta DiMAGE A200

FUNCtion menu:

    ISO - Auto, 50, 100, 200, 400, 800

    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

Konica Minolta DiMAGE A200

Record mode menu:

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      Image Size - 3264x2448, 3264x2176(3:2 aspect), 2560x1920, 2080x1560, 1600x1200, 640x480

      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

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      Sharpness - Adjust the image edge contrast, settings are: Hard, Normal, Soft

      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)

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      Memory - Save current settings to one of five memory locations, recalled by the MR position of the Exposure Mode Dial.

      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.

    Konica Minolta DiMAGE A200

    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.

    Movie clips 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.)

    Konica Minolta DiMAGE A200

    Movie mode menu options

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