Previous page Next page

Konica Minolta DiMAGE A200 Review

January 2005 | By Simon Joinson


Review based on a production DiMAGE A200

In September 2004 Konica Minolta revealed a slightly surprising new DiMAGE A series digital camera, the DiMAGE A200. Based on the DiMAGE A2 (and predecessor, the A1), the A200 features a new, smaller and more rounded body design, simplified 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.

Like the A2, the A200 offers a wealth of photographic features, mechanically operated 28-200mm equivalent zoom lens and Konica Minolta's proprietary Anti-Shake technology that employs a unique CCD-shift mechanism (also seen in the recent Dynax 7D digital SLR).

Here's some of the key new features and changes:

  • 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
  • Base sensitivity lower at ISO 50 (compared to ISO 64 on the A2)
  • New 'Portrait (sRGB)' color space option
  • New pop-up flash, same range, now automatic or manual, no wireless flash
  • No PC Sync flash terminal
  • New NP-800 Lithium-Ion battery
  • Marginally smaller (3 mm narrower, 5 mm shorter)
  • Lighter by 60 g (2.1 oz)

Konica Minolta A2 vs A200 (major differences)

 

Konica Minolta DiMAGE A200

Konica Minolta DiMAGE A2
Price (street) $699 $830
ISO sensitivity Auto, 50,100,200,400,800 Auto, 64,100,200,400,800
Viewfinder • 0.44 inch 320x240 pixels
• –5 to +2 m-1 dioptre control
0.44 inch 640x480 pixel
0-90º adjustment
• –3.5 to +1.5 m-1 dioptre control
• eye sensor
Shooting modes JPEG, RAW, RAW+JPEG JPEG, RAW, TIFF, RAW+JPEG
LCD • 1.8-inch, 134,000 pixels
• Flip out and twist

• 1.8-inch, 118,000 pixels
• Tilting

Motion tracking AF No Yes
Multi segment metering 256 segments
300 segments
Max shutter speed 1/3200 sec 1/4000 sec
Movie Mode (Max) • 800 x 600 @ 15fps
• 640 x 480 @ 30fps
• Max 15 minutes
• 544 x 408 @ 30fps
• Max 6 minutes
Continuous shooting • 2.3 fps (full size images), 5 frames
• 10 fps (640 x 480 images)
• 2.7 fps (full size images), 3 frames
• 7 fps (640 x 480 images)
Bracketing options • Exposure
• White Balance
• Exposure
• White Balance
• Contrast
• Saturation
• Hue (color)
Interval recording No Yes
Flash PC synch terminal No Yes
Optional battery pack/ vertical shooting grip No Yes
Top plate info LCD No Yes
Wireless flash No Yes
Wireless remote Included Not available
Digital Zoom (Max) 4x 2x
Image Processor CxProcess III CxProcess II
Battery NP-800 NP-400
Weight (inc. battery) 579 g (20.4 oz) 639 g (22.5 oz)
Dimensions 114 x 80 x 115 mm (4.5 x 3.2 x 4.5 in) 117 x 85 x 114 mm (4.6 x 3.4 x 4.5 in)
Other differences

New Portrait (sRGB) color space
Flash now has auto mode
• No voice memo option
• All-plastic body

 

Key specifications

Street price • US: $699
• UK: £430
Body Material Polycarbonate
Sensor

• 2/3 inch interlaced primary-color CCD
• 8.3 million pixels total
• 8.0 million effective pixels

Image sizes • 3264 x 2448
• 2560 x 1920
• 2080 x 1560
• 1600 x 1200
• 640 x 480
Movie clips

• 800 x 600 (15 fps)
• 640 x 480 (30 fps)
• With sound (mono)
• M-JPEG (.mov) format
• 15 mins max duration

Lens

• 28 - 200mm equiv. (7x optical zoom)
• F2.8 - 3.5 / F11
• 16 elements in 13 groups (including 2 AD glass, 2 aspherical elements)
• Manual mechanically linked zoom ring
• Filter thread 49 mm

Focus • Video AF
• Auto and manual focus
• Continuous and single shot AF
• AF illuminator
• Wide area, Spot (11 focus areas), Flex focus
• 25cm closest focus (macro mode, telephoto)
Shooting mode

• Programmed AE with program shift
• Aperture Priority AE
• Shutter Priority AE
• Manual
• Auto
• Portrait
• Sunset
• Sports Action
• Night Portrait
• AE-Compensation -2.0 to +2.0 EV in 0.3 EV steps

Sensitivity • Auto
• ISO 50,100,200,400,800
White Balance • Auto
• 7 presets
• Manual (2 custom settings)
Image parameters • Contrast (10 levels)
• Saturation (10 levels)
• Color filter ((10 levels from cool to warm)
Color modes • Natural Color (sRGB)
• Vivid Color (sRGB)
• Portrait (sRGB)
• Adobe RGB
• Embedded Adobe RGB
• Black and white (neutral and toned)
• Solarization
Continuous • 2 fps, max 5 frames
• 2.3 fps, max 5 frames
• 10 fps, 640 x 480 pixels, limited by card size
Flash • Built-in pop-up flash (manual activation)
• Auto, Manual (fill flash), Red-eye reduction, Slow sync: on/off/rear
• Range (Auto ISO): W:0.5 -3.8m (1.6 - 12.5 ft; T: 0.5– 3.0 m (1.6– 9.8 ft)
• Compensation: +/- 2.0 EV in 0.3 EV steps
Storage • CompactFlash I/II
Viewfinder • 0.44-inch electronic viewfinder
• Approx coverage 100%
• Dioptre adjustment
• 320 x 240 pixels
• 235,000 visible dots
LCD monitor • 1.8" TFT LCD, 134,000 pixels
• 100% frame coverage
• Vari-angle (Flip-out and twist)
Connectivity • USB 2.0 (12 MB/s)
• A/V out
• DC-IN
Power • NP-800 Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery
• Battery charger included
Supplied 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-D
• Lithium-ion Battery Charger BC-900

Other features

256 Zone Multi, Spot (center or focus point) and Centre-weighted metering
• RAW, RAW + JPEG shooting options
• Auto Exposure and Auto White Balance Bracketing
• PictBridge and PIM II compatible
• 7 Color modes including new Portrait sRGB mode
• Manual focus ring
• Remote control included
• Anti-shake system (CCD stabilized)
• User controllable noise reduction (dark frame)
• Manual mechanically linked zoom ring
• Filter thread 49 mm

Weight (excl batts) 505 g (17.8 oz)
Dimensions 114 x 80 x 115 mm (4.5 x 3.2 x 4.5 in)

* Supplied accessories may differ in each country or area


If you're new to digital photography you may wish to read the Digital Photography Glossary before diving into this article (it may help you understand some of the terms used).

Conclusion / Recommendation / Ratings are based on the opinion of the reviewer, you should read the ENTIRE review before coming to your own conclusions.

Images which can be viewed at a larger size have a small magnifying glass icon in the bottom right corner of the image, clicking on the image will display a larger (typically VGA) image in a new window.

To navigate the review simply use the next / previous page buttons, to jump to a particular section either pick the section from the drop down or select it from the navigation bar at the top.

DPReview calibrate their monitors using Color Vision OptiCal at the (fairly well accepted) PC normal gamma 2.2, this means that on our monitors we can make out the difference between all of the (computer generated) grayscale blocks below. We recommend to make the most of this review you should be able to see the difference (at least) between X,Y and Z and ideally A,B and C.

This article is Copyright 2004 and may NOT in part or in whole be reproduced in any electronic or printed medium without prior permission from the author.

Previous page Next page
15
I own it
0
I want it
18
I had it
Discuss in the forums

Comments