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Minolta DiMAGE A1

Announced Aug 7, 2003 •
5 megapixels | 1.8 screen | 28 – 200 mm (7.1×)
Boat Nut

I've used this camera for 6 years, primarily for photographing kayakers and rowers racing on lakes and the ocean while pedaling a high speed pedal boat alongside. This camera has proven itself to be an excellent tool for the job, with its manual zoom being an important feature when used with an Ewa Marine diving bag to keep things dry. One needs only to push or pull on the lens to get the zoom to work - which is all you can do with such a waterproofing solution! Photos taken with this camera ...

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I have bought mine recently and obviously used, to have alongside my KM 7D and film Dynax 5L. At first I thought there was a problem with it as it was displaying some oblique vertical scanlines. As the hours passed, the lines disappeared. I did think this may have been one of the models affected by Sony's CCD recall but since the lines were gone and haven't come back yet, I guess all is well. I believe the camera was probably not switched on for quite a long time. Well what can I say about ...

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Cons: * Pictures are quite noisy. On average day-pictures you won't notice if you don't look close (but then you can see it), but in more darkness it get's more and more disturbing. No chance for long-exposure pictures. * It could be more light-sensitive. * It could have an autofocus-light. Pros: * It has all the functionality you would like and you can access many settings quickly with all the buttons on the camera (no need for going in the menu for most, also the more advanced ones, settings) ...

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I now have a Canon 30D and I long to have my Minolta Dimage A1 back. It has the most versatile lens I have used and the anti-shake gives you the clearest pictures even on extreme telephoto and blown up. It was incredibly easy to use and the ability to swivel the viewfinder was fantastic for macro photography of flowers and fungi. I won several awards and have had my photos published in the local scientific-based magazine. Problems: If I had any criticisms it was that the rubber eyepiece on ...

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a very lightweight DSLR that is packed with just about every function you would ever need... even the ability to shoot video! The fact that it has a fixed lens is cool, as it reduces any risk of dust getting inside. Problems: The only real problem I encountered with this camera is that the viewfinder is digital instead of the real thing. As an airshow photographer, this can cause problems. When you track an object across the sky, the viewfinder tries to compensate for the light, sometimes too ...

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Have been using this camera (my first digital camera purchase) for 2 years and have been enjoying the results. It took me some time to become familiar with the many features available. I even attended a short professionally conducted course on the use of digital cameras to explore and encourage my use of the many on board features to best advantage. I bought the camera because I believed it would provide good quality fixed lens prosumer coverage for landscape and architectural subjects. This ...

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I sold my Olympus C-5060WZ camera and bought this one. I did it mainly for its limited range and having a motor zoom that I couldn't stand. In fact I hate the idea, don't know why camera makers insist on motor zooms! This camera feels right in hand and is a joy to use, with outstanding features like anti-shake, manual zooming, and very useful range (28mm-200mm). The camera body has so many dials and buttons that there is almost no need to go through the menu to change settings, I really love ...

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Ken Yull

A1 is my 4th DCam, bought Sept. 2003. and had considerable use since. Nothing has failed or dropped off. 100% reliable, battery life considerable, in excess of 500 exposures. Having read through all previous User Ratings, I find some of the users hard to believe. Trivial things, like loss of lens cap, well I've had most cameras 35mm in the past 50 odd years, and most caps on those were just a liable to be lost by a careless user. I could go on, but why? It's probably out of production now. ...

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TCON-17 Problems: I have a A1.. very very impressive cam as it was suppose to be manuf by minolta. One simples question.. i just bought TCON-17 by Olympus but i need a ring to connect it........ What and where should i buy it.. compatible i mean. Thanks,

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I'm delighted with my A1. I bought it in August 04, and I'm beginning to use it more and more instead of my Nikon F65. It takes time to learn how to tweak it to get best results, but once you learn how to use the camera, it gives great results. The lens is sharp and the battery life is excellent. 18x13cm prints look great. Problems: Erratic exposure when using the built in flash. I need to bring the exposure down (using the exposure compensation) when using the built in flash. Sometimes ...

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