Minolta DiMAGE A1

Announced Aug 7, 2003 •
5 megapixels | 1.8 screen | 28 – 200 mm (7.1×)
Jim Rais
 
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After several months having this A1 and work with it, I love this camera even more. You forget - as someone says - that this is a digital camera and this is one of the important factors for photographers like me who are used to film SLR in order to respond properly when encountering photographic moments without hesitating or being clumsy by the way the camera works. Unfortunately this happened to me with the earlier model 7Hi. Along with the Anti Shake, the GT lens is the most precious gem, ...

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madmaxaz
 
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I have taken this camera all over Italy and shot about 1400 pictures with it now. I am very pleased with its performance so far. DP knocks the resolution pretty hard, but I have made prints as large as 30x12 that are just stunning! How much resolution do you need? I concur that shooting in raw format gets up to near 1550 LPH - so the resolution degredation is in the Minolta internal processing - seems like they should fix that with a firmware update if they want people to stay true to ...

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Enoch9
 
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This camera has tons of features, but I was able to figure out 80% before turning to the manual (not much experience with Minolta digicams in the past). Compared to the Nikon 5700 I had this Minolta is 100x better. Autofocus is super fast and accurate. Full manual control is exactly what I want. In a word, BEST CAMERA IN THIS CLASS. Problems: LCD cannot be twisted to protect the surface when not in use. Zooming could be smoother. Not well balanced in weight and shape (although seems better ...

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Ref724
 
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Great camera. Not much to comment, takes practice to use it well; it's not a novice P&S. Did not (yet?) encounter OOF or other bad syndroms. Bad pictures are entirely to blame .. on the photographer. Problems: The provided software isn't any good in my opinion.

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Trevorb
 
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I regard the Dimage A1 as a brilliantly designed camera with obviously a lot of input from photographers, because operation of the camera becomes quite intuitive after familiarisation. The colours straight out the camera are very natural, particularly outdoors, and also quite good with flash with none of the usual red casts from some other cameras, notably Canon in my experience. Problems: No real problems, but the plastic flap covering the flash card should have either stronger spring ...

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miahmiah
 
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The Anti Shake function works great! I love it. I can take handheld zoom or low light shots and they come out much crisper than without. Battery life is excellent, I have taken pictures for hours and never seen the low-battery warning come on. The long zoom is useful and fun. This camera is a bit heavy, though not so much as a metal film SLR. Zoom ring is fine though a bit sticky, and the focus ring takes a lot of getting used to. Fortunately, the Auto Focus is fast and accurate in most ...

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This camera has been in my bag since Dec. 23 2003. I have shot several portraits with it and have found it a pleasure to use. Thre is so much control that you can have, if you want it. Or You can point and shoot. I plan on using it for Weddings to test my limits. I have used 35mm SLRs in the past with 28-200 lenses. Which is why this camera appealed to me. I like the lens and the metering system. It feels good in my hands. It also gives me the final output I'm (and my clients are)looking ...

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Seismo
 
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Bought with the intention of replacing my film-based SLR and two lenses as a smaller, lighter kit for travelling - and provided I can always keep it charged I think it will do the job perfectly. Great mix of features - AS is a killer, and who else offers a 28-200 equivalent (or did at the time)? Problems: Battery charge indicator could give more warning of impending doom. Also the main mode dial looks awfully exposed on the top corner - I'd prefer it to be recessed as on my old Canon EOS-10.

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jeff scott
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Wonderful! Is there really a better digital camera out there? I've been shooting 35mm and medium format since the late 1960's. This is my third digital and it feels so much like my 35mm SLR's that sometimes I forget it's a digital. (I have the BP-400 grip).True, the EVF does take some getting used to but I've already come to love it. And the versitality is truly remarkable. I beleive this is a keeper! Problems: It has so many features that I don't think I'll ever become totally familiar with it.

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nw2608
 
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My other camera is a Canon Pro 90 but the A1 blows the doors off it. The color is much better than the Canon and the features are wonderful although the Canon is 3 years old which may explain its colors. I also have the battery pack which I recommend. Yes the whole package is about the size of a 35m SLR with motor drive which I like. I like large cameras because they are easier to hold steady and look and act less toy like. I have only good to say and feel about my A1. Problems: Only ...

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