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Konica Minolta DiMAGE A200

By dpreview staff on Sep 15, 2004 at 06:03 GMT

Konica Minolta has today revealed a new DiMAGE A series digital camera, the DiMAGE A200. This model appears to be based on the DiMAGE A2 but features a new smaller and more rounded body design, control layout and a flip-out and twist LCD monitor (compared to the A2's tilt-only unit). Otherwise the specifications reveal a slightly cut-back unit which loses some A2 features but improves on others. No pricing information at this point but we can make an educated guess that this camera will be cheaper than the A2.

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Major changes compared to the DiMAGE A2

  • New flip-out and twist LCD monitor (higher resolution 1.8", 134,000 pixels)
  • New Electronic viewfinder, no eye sensor, fixed (doesn't tilt)
  • New CxProcess™ III image processor
  • Larger movie clip mode: 800 x 600 @ 15 fps
  • Interpolated digital zoom mode: 4x
  • Auto focus: 11 point selectable, no subject tracking
  • Metering system now has 256 segments (compared to 300 on the A2)
  • Base sensitivity lower at ISO 50 (compared to ISO 64 on the A2)
  • Slightly slower 1/3200 sec maximum shutter speed
  • New 'Portrait (sRGB)' color space option
  • New pop-up flash, same range, now automatic or manual, no wireless flash
  • No PC Sync flash terminal
  • Continuous shooting: 2.3 fps, max 5 frames / 2.0 fps, max 5 frames / 10 fps (640 x 480)
  • New NP-800 Lithium-Ion battery
  • Marginally smaller (3 mm narrower, 5 mm shorter)
  • Lighter by 60 g (2.1 oz)

Press Release:

KONICA MINOLTA ADDS TO THE AWARD-WINNING LINE OF DiMAGE A DIGITAL CAMERAS

The new high performance 8.0 megapixel SLR-Type DiMAGE A200 provides superb image quality and features Konica Minolta’s Anti-Shake Technology, unique new Vari-Angle LCD monitor, and built-in 7x optical zoom lens

Mahwah, NJ (September 15, 2004) – Konica Minolta Photo Imaging U.S.A., Inc. introduces today the new DiMAGE A200 8.0-megapixel Single Lens Reflex (SLR)-type 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.

In addition, the camera’s rotating 1.8-inch TFT Vari-angle LCD monitor allows photographers to get a clear viewpoint for shooting artistic angles or taking flawless self-portraits. And, the Konica Minolta DiMAGE A200’s simplified operation means that all photographers can benefit from its advanced specifications, thus maximizing their photography experience.

“The new DiMAGE A200 digital camera is designed to meet the needs of even the most discriminating photographers,” said Todd Schrader, vice president of marketing for Konica Minolta Photo Imaging U.S.A., Inc. “Thanks to the built-in Anti-Shake technology and other innovations, this versatile new model allows even novice photographers to transform ordinary snapshots into professional looking photographs that they’ll treasure for years.”

The camera’s 2/3-inch CCD with 8.0 million effective pixels and the high-performance Konica Minolta GT APO 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.

And, thanks to Konica Minolta’s proprietary Anti-Shake technology that employs a unique CCD-shift mechanism, even entry-level photographers can avoid blurry pictures. This 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 4x digital zoom (28 to 800mm) and high-performance built-in 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.

The camera’s newly employed 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 new 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.

Konica Minolta DiMAGE A200 specifications

Sensor • 2/3" Type CCD
• 8.3 million total pixels
• 8.0 million effective pixels
• 12-bit ADC
Image sizes • 3264 x 2448
• 3264 x 2176 (3:2)
• 2560 x 1920
• 2080 x 1560
• 1600 x 1200
• 640 x 480
File formats • RAW (12 bits per pixel)
• RAW+JPEG
• TIFF
• JPEG (EXIF 2.21)
• MOV (Motion JPEG)
Quality levels • Extra-Fine
• Fine
• Standard
Movie clips *

• 800 x 600, 15 fps
• 640 x 480, 15/30 fps
• 320 x 240, 15/30 fps
• All maximum 15 minutes (or until storage full)
• Normal / Night Movie / Time lapse Movie
• With audio

Lens • 7x optical zoom
• 28 - 200 mm equiv.
• F2.8 - F3.5
• 16 elements in 13 groups (including 2 AD glass, 2 aspherical elements)
• Manual mechanically linked zoom ring
• Filter thread 49 mm
Digital zoom * • Normal mode: 2x
• Interpolated mode: 4x
Stabilization Anti-Shake system (CCD stabilized)
Auto focus * • Video AF
• Wide focus area
• 11 point selectable
• Flex Focus Point in Spot focus area mode
Focus modes * • Single
• Continuous
• Full-time AF
• Manual focus (magnifier during MF)
Manual focus Focus by wire ring at rear of lens barrel
AF assist beam Unknown
Focus range • Normal: W 0.5 m - Infinity, T 2 m - Infinity
• Macro (at wide): 21 - 51 cm (8.3 - 20 in) *
• Macro (at tele): 13 - 50 cm (5.1 - 19.7 in) *
* From front of the lens
Shooting modes • Program AE (with shift)
• Aperture Priority
• Shutter Priority
• Manual exposure
• Scene modes
Scene modes • Portrait
• Sports
• Sunset
• Night portrait
Metering * • Multi-segment (256 segments)
• Center-weighted average
• Spot (center or with Flex Focus Point)
Sensitivity equiv. * • Auto
• ISO 50
• ISO 100
• ISO 200
• ISO 400
• ISO 800
Exposure compen. • -2.0 to +2.0 EV
• 0.3 EV steps
Exposure bracketing • Three images
• 0.3 or 0.5 EV steps
Digital Enhanced bracketing * White balance
Shutter speed * • 30 - 1/3200 sec (1/1600 sec in S or M mode)
• Bulb (max 30 sec)
AE lock AE lock button or shutter release half-press
Noise reduction User controllable (dark frame)
White balance * • Auto
• Daylight
• Tungsten
• Shade
• Cloudy
• Flash
• Fluorescent (1 & 2)
• Custom (2 memories)
Color modes * • Natural Color (sRGB)
• Vivid Color (sRGB)
• Portrait (sRGB)
• Adobe RGB
• Embedded Adobe RGB
• Black and white (neutral and toned)
• Solarization
Color spaces • sRGB
• Adobe RGB
Color modes • Natural color
• Vivid color
• B&W
• Sepia
Image parameters • Contrast: 3 levels
• Sharpness: 3 levels
• Saturation: 3 levels
Self-timer 2 or 10 sec
Flash * • Automatic or Manual pop-up
• Control: ADI, Pre-flash TTL, Manual flash
• Range (wide): 0.5 - 3.8 m (1.6 - 12.5 ft) - Auto ISO
• Range (tele): 0.5 - 3.0 m (1.6 - 9.8 ft) - Auto ISO
• Modes: Fill-flash, Red-eye reduction, Rear flash sync, Slow sync
• Compensation: +/- 2.0 EV in 0.3 EV steps
• Recycle: 5 sec
External flash * • Accessory shoe
• 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.
Flash sync All shutter speeds
Continuous drive * • Standard: 2.0 fps (up to 5 frames)
• High-speed: 2.3 fps (up to 5 frames)
• UHS progressive drive (640 x 480): 10 fps
Print compliance • Print Image Matching II
• Exif Print (EXIF 2.2)
• PictBridge
Direct print PictBridge compatible printers
Viewfinder * • EVF (Electronic viewfinder)
• 0.44" Type TFT, 235,000 pixels
• Eye relief: 22 mm at -1 m-1
• Dioptre: -5 ~ +2 m-1
LCD monitor * • 1.8" TFT LCD, 134,000 pixels
• 100% frame coverage
• "Vari-angle" (Flip-out and twist)
Storage • Compact Flash Type I/II
• Microdrive supported
Power * • NP-800 Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery
• Battery charger included
Connectivity * • USB 2.0 (only USB 1.1 speed)
• A/V out
• DC-IN
Dimensions * 114 x 80 x 115 mm (4.5 x 3.2 x 4.5 in)
Weight (no batt) * 505 g (17.8 oz)
Standard accessories * Neck Strap NS-DG8000, Lens Cap (49mm) LF-1349, Accessory Shoe Cap SC-10, AV Cable AVC-500, USB Cable USB-3, DiMAGE Viewer, ULEAD Video Studio 8 SE, Lens Shade DLS-3, Lithium-ion Battery NP-800, Wireless Remote Control RC-D1, Lithium-ion Battery Charger BC-900

* Specification changed compared to the DiMAGE A2

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